New Porsche Macan GTS impresses with sportiest, elegant performance

Aziz Idris

The new Macan GTS (Gran Turismo Sport) launches with a powerful engine, performance-oriented chassis, characteristic design and enhanced equipment.

The 2.9-litre V6 biturbo engine delivers 280kW (380 HP) – an increase of 15kW (20 HP) compared with the predecessor model.

Combined with the newly adap-ted PDK dual-clutch transmission and the optional Sport Chrono package, the Macan GTS can accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds, three tenths faster than before.

It has a top speed of 261km/h.

The new member of Porsche’s compact SUV family has earned the abbreviation GTS due to its outstanding driving dynamics.

The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) damping control system has been specially tuned. The chassis has also been lowered by 15 millimetres for greater lateral dynamics.

Adaptive air suspension is optionally available with chassis lowering by a further 10 millimetres. Combined with the standard 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels and the generously sized cast iron brakes (360×36 millimetres at the front, 330×22 millimetres at the rear), the new Macan GTS impresses with the agility and responsiveness of a true sports car.

As an option, deceleration can be further improved by means of the Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) with tungsten carbide coating or the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB).

Acoustically, the standard sports exhaust system specifically adapted to the GTS accentuates the driving pleasure in the new Macan GTS.

A 2.9-litre V6 engine is at the heart of the sound experience. Its Central Turbo Layout, with two turbochargers arranged in the inner V of the engine, allows particularly direct responsiveness.

The 2020 Porsche Macan GTS in red. PHOTOS: PORSCHE
ABOVE & BELOW: The multifunction sports steering wheel with the steering wheel rim in smooth leather and shift paddles; and the 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels of the new Porsche Macan GTS

The maximum torque of 520Nm (plus 20Nm) is available over a wide range from 1,750 to 5,000rpm.

The sportiest Macan model consumes 9.6 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres, according to NEDC (New European Driving Cycle).

Customers can choose the individual design with black accents.

This standard Sport Design package has new front and rear trim and striking side skirt lends the car a characteristic appearance.

The front apron and front section are characterised by black painted elements – a distinguishing feature of all Porsche GTS models while the LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and the three-dimensional rear lights with LED light bar are also darkened.

The LED headlights can be optionally ordered in black with PDLS Plus. Chassis lowering by 15 millimetres, the 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels in satin-gloss black, the red brake calipers and the trim strips in high-gloss black also emphasise the high-performance appearance.

The colour black also sets accents at the rear: here, the diffuser and the tailpipes of the standard sports exhaust system are painted in this colour.

Meanwhile, sports seats exclusive to the GTS and premium materials such as Alcantara® on the seat centre panels, the centre console armrests and door panels as well as brushed aluminium makes it possible to also see and feel the sporty and elegant characteristics of the Macan GTS interior. The multifunction sports steering wheel with the steering wheel rim in smooth leather and shift paddles is standard, as are the sports seats, with eight-way adjustment and pronounced side bolsters for stable support during dynamic cornering.

The GTS leather upholstery in Carmine Red or Crayon with additional Alcantara® features and colour accents, the BOSE® Surround Sound system and the new smartphone tray with inductive charging function are among the many personalisation options.

It also has adaptive cruise control including Traffic Jam Assist, Park Assist including rear view camera and Surround View, heated windscreen and ioniser also optionally increases safety and comfort.