Been trying to buy a Porsche Macan but found it either too fast or too slow? Good news! The middle ground is here. In most areas of the Porsche range, ‘GTS’ is the badge we recommend, and so it may be the case here.
The latest Macan GTS uses a 2.9-litre V6 engine – much more exciting than the four-cylinder engine in cheaper versions – which produces 380hp. That makes it good for 0-100km/h in 4.7secs and a 261km/h top speed, figures respectively 0.4sec and 9km/h worse off than as S$50k+ pricier Macan Turbo.
GTS is “an abbreviation of ‘Gran Turismo Sport’”, says Porsche, “a name attributed specifically to models focusing on outstanding driving dynamics”. So the Macan GTS gets 15mm-lower sports suspension as standard, with the option to lower it a further 10mm as you scour the options list. At which point we presume it’ll have been lowered so much, you might as well have a good old-fashioned sports sedan (or estate).
Other GTS goodies include 20in RS Spyder wheels, much Alcantara, a sports exhaust and the Bose stereo. The grand total? A chunky S$336,488 (before COE and options), though perhaps not so chunky when you consider how many nice things it adds to a standard Macan.
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