2016 Porsche Macan GTS
This is more like it
Date Posted: July 26, 2016
By Zack Spencer
Porsche introduced the Macan just two years ago and it has quickly become its best selling vehicle.
The Porsche Macan has been out for a couple of years now and in that short period of time has become the best selling vehicle in the Porsche lineup; the Porsche Cayenne is the second best selling vehicle. So Porsche, for its entire sports car heritage, is more of an SUV company than anything else. Not to say that the sports cars aren’t the heart of the company but the SUVs are the ones that make this small brand so viable.
The first two models in the Macan line were the S and Turbo model (newsflash, all the Macan models are turbocharged but only the most powerful version actually carries that name) with the base 4-cylinder arriving this year and the GTS.
The GTS version is a performance inspired model with the looks to match. The car sits lower by 15mm and comes with the Porsche Active Suspension management as standard equipment. In addition, the GTS is fitted with 20-inch wheels with a black finish, giving the car a sense of menace. There is no chrome on the trim, rather black accents in gloss above the windows and matt finish below the windows. There is also the Sport Design package with colours specific to the GTS and LED headlamps are available as an option. Porsche certainly knows how to make a sporty looking car and an amazing looking SUV.
The GTS flash continues on the inside with special seats covered in faux suede, (Alcantara) in the centre of each seat. There is also Alcantara throughout the cabin.
The 2016 model is the first year to get the new centre screen with the latest Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system. The centre screen has an almost matt look to it helping to reduce glare but the graphics are still easy to read. This new system isn’t the simplest on the market but after a few days the functions become easy to learn. Porsche uses a combination of buttons on the dash and touch screen commands to access the different functions, which is different from most manufacturers. Speaking of buttons, the centre console is covered in stylish switches and buttons that allow the driver to make changes on the fly very quickly. This might be the last version with this layout as Porsche is moving to a touch-panel in the new Panamera sedan that will eventually migrate to other Porsche products. This means that touch sensitive areas will replace buttons. This has been tried by other manufacturers with lacklustre results, so we will have to wait to see if Porsche can do a better job.
The screen in the centre also supports Apple Car Play for smartphone integration onto the screen but no Android Auto. As an Android user and a Porsche buyer this is a major oversight in my opinion.
One thing that has to be mentioned, this is not a big vehicle, the back seat is tight. So, for a family of four I strongly recommend the larger Cayenne.
The Macan is a great vehicle to drive on the edge but most people drive in the city at sensible speeds and for this purpose the Macan has felt a bit wanting. It isn’t exciting to drive at regular speeds… until now. The extra 20hp the GTS receives over the base S model and the reworked suspension all come together to make this the perfect Macan. It can make a run to 100km/h in just 5.0 seconds and does really feel special at any speed, not just on the ragged edge.
The quality feel of this GTS can’t be overstated, it feels expensive and fast and special every time the driver gets behind the wheel.
The GTS starts at $73,100, which represents a $14,000 premium over the S model. Keep in mind that Porsche options are frighteningly expensive, so an S with similar equipment will cost more and will have 20 less horsepower. But a potential GTS owner will still need to add features making this fun to drive small SUV an expensive proposition.
The Macan has quickly become the favourite of many first time Porsche buyers and the GTS adds an exciting element. The only drawbacks are the interior space and the huge amounts of money to buy one. First world problems!
Power: 3.0L Turbo V6 with 360hp
Economy: 13.8/100km city and 10.3L/100km HWY
Sticker price: $73,100
it feels expensive and fast and special every time the driver gets behind the wheel.