Today, four out of every ten new Porsches sold worldwide are Macan compact crossover SUVs. A sizeable portion of that volume comes from sales of the 252-horsepower inline-four-powered base model. Move up the Macan range, and you’ll find the 340-hp S, 400-hp Turbo, and 440-hp Turbo Performance Package V6 versions. There’s also a GTS.
Positioned between the S and the Turbo, the 360-hp Macan GTS is meant to deliver the best overall driving dynamics in the range while also being comfortable enough for daily use and on longer trips. To see if this iteration lives up to that premise, we’re taking one on a 650-mile drive that involves freeway and backroad driving as well as some light off-roading.
The Macan GTS is powered by the same basic 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine found in the 340 hp/339 lb-ft Macan S. But thanks to a freer-flowing intake, a less restrictive exhaust system, and an increase in turbo boost to 17.4 psi (up from 14.5 psi in the S), the GTS has 20 more horsepower and 30 more lb-ft for a total of 360 hp and 369 lb-ft. As is the case with all Macans, its engine connects to a seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) dual clutch automatic transmission.
Power goes to the ground through a Porsche Traction Management (PTM) active all-wheel drive system. This type of setup, which is more often found in sports cars than 4×4s, entails a multi-plate clutch, an automatic brake differential (ABD), and anti-slip regulation (ASR).
The Macan GTS gets standard air suspension (in place of steel springs found in the standard S) with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) electronic dampers and a ride height 15.0 millimeters (0.60 inch) lower than the S. Steering is managed by either a conventional electromechanical power steering setup or the optionally available speed-sensitive Power Steering Plus. Stopping is done via 360 mm (14.2 inch) brake rotors clamped by six-piston calipers in front and 330 mm (13.0 inch) discs squeezed by single-piston calipers in back. Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCBs) are also an available upgrade.
Among the main exterior changes are headlights with black inserts, smoked taillights, GTS lettering on unique matte-black side strips, a gloss-black roof spoiler, and flat-black-finished tailpipes. For wheels, the GTS gets flat-black (or silver, as seen here) RS Spyder Design alloys measuring 20 × 9 inches in front and 20 × 10 inches in back wrapped in 265/45R20 and 295/40R20 tires respectively.