Preview: Porsche Macan GTS provides plenty of go at low revs

Porsche’s new Macan GTS is more agile than the Macan S, but it’s not so over-the-top as the Turbo.

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    • What’s best: Performance and drive, and it’s a Porsche
    • What’s worst: Not very practical as an SUV
    • What’s interesting: 10th GTS model in Porsche’s lineup

Porsche’s new Macan GTS sits squarely between its two current compact SUV offerings. It’s a bit more powerful and more agile than the Macan S, but it’s not so over-the-top as the Turbo.

It’s also priced right in the middle: the $73,100 base sticker sits between those siblings at $59,200 and $85,800, respectively.

It shares its 3.0-litre, six-cylinder bi-turbo engine with the Macan S, but engineers squeezed out an extra 20 horsepower to boost it to 360 hp. They also found an extra 39 lb-ft. of torque, bringing it to 368 lb-ft. that comes on at just 1,450 rpm. Who needs the 400 hp Turbo, anyway?

Most important, it has a retuned chassis and suspension for a more responsive ride. It’s dropped 15 mm for better stability at speed, but it’s not so great over rocks or shopping mall curbs. It also has a Sport Plus drive mode setting that’s not available with the Macan S, which adjusts the throttle response, suspension stiffness and transmission shift points.

Its all-wheel-drive powertrain puts all the power to the rear wheels in normal highway driving, but it will share the power between the axles as needed and can send everything to the front if necessary.

If you really want, and if your GTS has the optional differential lock, you can switch to Sport Plus and oversteer it through the corners. You might want to do this on a track if you’re a hooligan, but that’s about it.

There’s only one transmission available: the seven-speed dual-clutch PDK, which is a sportier setup than the eight-speed in the Cayenne. Paddle shifters on the wheel help your racing aspirations.

On the outside, you can tell it’s the GTS by the blacked-out aprons and headlights and small rear spoiler. Nobody else will notice but you won’t care — it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

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Base price: $73,100

Add-ons: $1,115 Destination charge

Type: Compact sport SUV

Propulsion: All-wheel drive

Cargo: 500 L — 1,500 L

Engine: 3.0L V6 biturbo

Transmission: 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic

Power/Torque: 360 hp / 368 lbs.-ft.

Fuel consumption: (L/100 km) 8.8 combined

Brakes: six-piston, 360 mm rotors front, 330 mm rear

Tires: 265/45 R 20 104Y front, 295/40 R 20 106Y rear

Standard features: Bluetooth, six airbags, Apple Car Play, leather seating, GTS logos in headrests

Accessibility: Good

Competition: Mercedes-Benz GLE coupe, Audi SQ5

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Looks: Tasty

Interior: Sporty

Performance: Doesn’t disappoint

Technology: As good as it gets

What you’ll like about this car: It’s a Porsche

What you won’t like about this car: Endless options are expensive

Score: 8/10

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