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2018 Porsche Macan GTS: An All-Terrain Sports Car

Porsche Macan GTS

The Macan is a compact luxury SUV from Porsche, which stands for “Porsche’s Compact Sports Vehicle.” The first-generation model was introduced in 2014 as a rival for the likes of the BMW X1 and Audi Q5. With the second-generation Macan, unveiled in 2017 and on sale since June last year, Porsche has increased its appeal once again by introducing new, more powerful engines, optional hybrid drivetrain, and ultraluxury variants. It’s an all-new model that slots in between the base standard version and top-of-the-line Macan Turbo. A mid-cycle facelift was introduced recently for 2019 but didn’t add many changes. However, there are still some things you need to know about the newest member of the compact luxury SUV segment – Read on.

 

New Porsche Macan GTS

 

The Macan GTS is the most powerful member of the Macan family with a reworked engine and suspension. It slots in between the Macan S and Macan Turbo. The GTS is available in two body styles – All-Wheel Drive (AWD) or Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD). The GTS is powered by a retuned 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, which now develops 331 horsepower (245 kW). The maximum torque is 339 pound-feet, which is available from 1,600 rpm. These numbers are up by 25 and 51, respectively, compared to the previous model. The Macan GTS sprints from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.6 seconds, which is a tenth of a second quicker than the Macan S.

 

More Power, More Grip – The Drivetrain

 

The Macan GTS’s drivetrain has been retuned for greater performance and a more dynamic driving experience. The engine has been upgraded to deliver more power and torque, while the new Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system has been installed to optimize traction in all conditions. A standard Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system is included as well. The system can be programmed to adjust the damper settings four different times throughout the day according to the weather and road conditions. The GTS sports a manually adjustable suspension system with two different settings – Normal and Sport. The latter is fitted as standard and is meant for more spirited driving on pavement.

 

New Equipment, Plus Interior Changes

 

The Macan GTS is equipped with a 10-way power-adjustable sports steering wheel, a sports bucket seat for the driver, and an electric seat for the front passenger. The Macan GTS features a standard Porsche Communication Management (PCM) navigation system with extended navigation, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, a Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound System, and a 14-way-adjustable sport seat. The GTS comes standard with 19-inch wheels, sports tires (P245/45 R19), and a standard Sport Design exterior body kit. Furthermore, the GTS has a few interior upgrades over the S – like a black headliner, seats with a GTS logo, stainless steel door sill plates with GTS inscription, and a GTS floor mat set.

 

New Engine For The Macan GTS

 

The Macan GTS comes standard with a retuned 3.0-liter V6 engine that now develops 331 horsepower (245 kW) and 339 pound-feet of torque. The V6 engine is mated to an 8-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission, which is standard on all GTS models. The GTS has an estimated fuel consumption of 24 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 27 mpg combined.

 

Exterior Styling

 

The new GTS comes standard with a 19-inch wheel design, blacked-out roof rails, stainless steel door sills with the GTS logo, black-out rear bumper, darkened rear taillights, and GTS badges on the front fenders, roof, and rear end, and a black Porsche badge on the hood. The GTS can be ordered with optional 20-inch wheels. The GTS is also available in four exterior paint colors – Black, Silver, White, and GTS exclusive Black Metallic.

 

Three new exterior colors

 

Black Metallic is a brand new exterior color for the Macan GTS. It replaces the current Black paint finish, which is still available on the S and Turbo models. Graphite Blue Metallic and Ocean Blue Metallic are also new exterior colors for the Macan GTS. They replace the current Platinum Grey Metallic and Sapphire Blue Metallic paint finishes, which are still available on the S and Turbo models.

 

GTS exclusive features

 

The Macan GTS comes standard with a manual transmission, Porsche Torque Vectoring, Porsche Intelligent Performance, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system with Normal and Sport modes, 19-inch wheels, sport tires, Porsche Traction Management (PTM), Sports exhaust system, Porsche Sport Steering, Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound System, a PCM navigation system with extended navigation, a 10-way power-adjustable sports steering wheel, a sports bucket seat for the driver, an electric seat for the front passenger, and a stainless steel door sill plate with GTS inscription. And of course, the GTS has a few interior upgrades over the S – like a black headliner, seats with a GTS logo, and a GTS floor mat set.

 

Pros of the 2018 Porsche Macan GTS

 

It comes with an impressive performance, distinctive styling, a luxurious and spacious cabin, and a range of cutting-edge technology features. In addition, the Macan GTS comes with a long list of standard and optional safety features, including adaptive cruise control, active lane keeping, and automatic emergency braking. Furthermore, the Macan GTS is a very nice car to look at, with its 19-inch wheels, black gloss finish, and GTS badges. It is a very capable car that is great for everyday use and weekend adventures. The Macan GTS is an excellent car for anyone who wants something different than the standard SUV.

 

Cons of the 2018 Porsche Macan GTS

 

This model comes with an above-average price tag, and some people may not be able to afford it. It’s also worth mentioning that this car only comes in a manual transmission, which may not be desirable to some people. In addition, this car only comes with one engine option, so those who are looking for something a bit different may not be able to find what they’re looking for here. Furthermore, this car is only offered in one color, so those who prefer something a bit different may not be able to find what they’re looking for here as well. Finally, this car only has two doors, so those who are looking for something with more space may not be able to find it here.

 

The Bottom Line

 

If you are looking for a great performance car that can also double as a family car, the Macan GTS is a great option. This car is not only stylish, but it is also very family-friendly. It comes standard with 19-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, and dual-zone climate control. It also has a variety of safety features, like lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic collision mitigation. And, of course, it has a powerful turbocharged engine that will get you from 0-60 in just 3.7 seconds. Visit Porschemotor.com to learn more about the best that Porsche has to offer.

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