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We’ve loved the Porsche Macan since it first rolled off the assembly line in 2014, but this is the first time this luxury SUV has gotten the brand’s GTS treatment. The Macan is getting the performance upgrade in 2020, and while that comes with an inflated price, it also has us waiting with bated breath, especially as the first reviews of the SUV start to emerge. What can we expect to see in the Macan GTS?
The Macan GTS
The Macan might not be the biggest SUV in Porsche’s lineup — that title belongs to the Cayenne — but that doesn’t mean the smaller of the two doesn’t have anything to offer.
The GTS treatment upgrades the engine to a 2.9-liter turbocharged V-6 engine — the same one that powers the larger Cayenne — which adds to its curb weight. It cranks out 375 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, which means it can accelerate from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds.
It may be smaller than the Cayenne, but it doesn’t feel that way once you get behind the wheel. With all that power at your fingertips, paired with the newly placed turbos that make the engine more responsive, you might forget how little the Macan actually is. It’s got a super snappy seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission that is incredibly responsive. You might not even miss the fact that a manual transmission isn’t an option.
When you compare the GTS to the stock Macan, there’s almost no comparison. The stock SUV’s 2.0-liter engine under the base model’s hood can get you from point A to point B easily enough, but it lacks a little something when it comes to power and acceleration.
Upgrades and Window Dressing
The extra power under the hood — between the upsized engine and the upgraded turbocharger — isn’t the only thing that got an upgrade. However, beyond the engine, suspension, exhaust and wheels, everything else is window dressing. The GTS’s aesthetic upgrades lean heavily toward darker colors, such as black accents, darkened light bars and red brake calipers. Even the headlight housings and vehicle badging are all black, along with black brushed aluminum trim in decorating the interior.
You can opt for some lighter colors in your interior, such as adding red or gray stitching and seatbelts. In general, the Macan GTS has a sleek, mean look that we can’t get enough of, no matter what exterior color you choose. A bit of extra window dressing isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It helps give this gorgeous SUV the borderline-iconic GTS look. And who doesn’t like a Porsche?
Looking Forward to the 2020 Porsche Macan
The 2020 Porsche Macan won’t make it to the U.S. until summer, so we won’t have a chance to get behind the wheel until then. However, if the early reviews are anything to go by, we couldn’t be more excited. It’s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it adds a lot of power and handles like a dream.
As it stands, it looks like this is going to be a fine entry in Porsche’s GTS ranks. If you’ve got your sights set on this Macan, pricing starts at $77,100 — not bad for an upgraded SUV that will be a joy to drive every time you get behind the wheel. We’ll have more information on the new and improved 2020 Macan once it finds it’s way to showroom floors in the U.S.
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