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New model bridges the gap between the S and the Turbo with 375bhp and bespoke suspension upgrades

Porsche has unveiled a new GTS variant of its Porsche Macan compact SUV, which offers dynamic and performance upgrades over the standard and S-badged Porsche models. 

Available to order now from £58,816, the Porsche Macan GTS is equipped with a downtuned version of the twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 that's found in New 2019 the top-rung Porsche Macan Turbo model. Producing 375bhp and 384lb ft, this engine bridges the gap between the S and Turbo.

Porsche claims a 0-62mph time of 4.7 seconds - a 0.3sec improvement over the 2016-launched Porsche Macan GTS - and a top speed of 162mph. WLTP consumption figures are unavailable, but the GTS delivered 29.4mpg on the old NEDC cycle. 

Alongside the power boost, the GTS comes equipped as standard with Porsche’s Active Suspension Management (PASM) system, which has been tuned for optimal dynamic behaviour. The GTS sits 15mm lower than the rest of the Macan range as standard, but can be lowered a further 10mm with an optional air suspension package. 

Porsche claims that the suspension upgrades, alongside new 20in performance alloy wheels and large cast iron brake discs all round, offer “the agility and responsiveness of a true sports car”. 

The GTS is differentiated from the rest of the Macan range with new side skirts and front and rear trim. The headlight bezels and rear light bars are darkened, while a black rear diffuser, tailpipes and air intake surrounds - standard features of Porsche GTS models - also feature. 

Inside, the armrests, door panels and seat centres are finished in Alcantara, with brushed aluminium trim featuring throughout for a sporty appearance. The seats themselves are exclusive to the GTS and offer eight-way adjustment and enhanced side support. 

Additional standard equipment includes a Bose surround sound system, wireless smartphone charging, traffic and park assist programmes and a rear-view camera. 


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MarkII 18 December 2019

The Rear Light Bar

@Peter Cavellini

Peter, the light bar has nothing to do with Volkswagen, it's a 45 year old Porsche design element that owes its origins to the 911.

It was first introduced on the G series 911 in 1974, at the same time as the plastic impact bumpers were added, to address safety requirements for the US market.

In more recent years, it's been used to denote 4WD variants of the 911 but has since become part of Porsche's wider design language.

Personally, I'm not a fan of diluting heritage design elements from one model to others, as it tends to lose context for those who don't know the history.

In the same way that IMHO only an Audi RS4/6 should wear blister arches, in a nod to those found in the Ur Quattro.

Unfortunately, repurposing design elements from halo models seems to be a modern trend.

Hope that helps.

Peter Cavellini 17 December 2019

I just wish....

 I just wish they had changed the lightbar at the back because it so looks like a VW product...

Just Saying 17 December 2019


Frustrating, as everything else is spot on.
Also, I'd rather order his and hers instead of ordering one Audi RSQ8!
Boris9119 17 December 2019


So true 'Just Saying'!