What is it?
The Porsche Macan GTS is, and we quote its maker, "the Macan for the driving enthusiast". Considering that even the S Diesel provides plenty of pace and enjoyment on a winding road, the GTS could be one of most enjoyable SUVs you can buy.
Like other GTS-badged models in the Porsche stable, it’s not the quickest model in the range – that’s still the Turbo’s job – but it does offer more shove than the S on which it’s based. How much? You get an extra 20bhp and 30Ib ft of torque thanks to a little bit more boost, a revised intake tract and a freer-flowing sports exhaust for the twin-turbocharged V6.
To help slow this near two-tonne SUV, you get the brakes from the Macan Turbo, while handling is improved with standard adaptive dampers including a 15mm ride height reduction. Alternatively, there’s an optional air-sprung set-up that was fitted to our test car.
Of course, there are also plenty of visual clues to show you've spent an extra £10k over a Macan S. These include GTS badging inside and out, gorgeous 20in wheels, black exterior accents and sports seats with Alcantara centres. Time to try it in the UK for the first time.