Positioned right between the S and the Turbo models, the GTS uses the same twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V6 engine that’s found under the hood of the entry-level Macan S. It has been tweaked to deliver 360 horsepower — 20 more than the S, and 40 less than the Turbo — at 6,000 rpm and 369 pound-feet of torque over a broad band that stretches from 1,650 to 4,000 rpm. A seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission controlled by shift paddles sends power to all four wheels.
The Macan GTS reaches 60 mph from a stop in 4.8 seconds when it’s equipped with the optional Sport Chrono package, and it’s capable of reaching an Autobahn-worthy top speed of 159 mph. Bigger brakes on all four corners and a comprehensively updated suspension help the driver make the most of the additional ponies both on and off the track.
Outside, the GTS gets gloss black accents on the lower bumper, on the grille, around the windows, and on the trunk lid. It rides on model-specific 20-inch alloy wheels finished in satin black, and it gains flat black side blades (the pieces of trim located at the bottom of the doors) decorated with discreet GTS logos.
The passengers benefit from leather-upholstered sport seats with Alcantara inserts. The long list of optional features includes Apple CarPlay integration, a WiFi hotspot, navigation with dynamic route calculation and a GTS interior package that bundles red seat belts, a special tachometer, and red contrast stitching all over the cabin.
The 2017 Porsche Macan GTS is scheduled to go on sale in the United States next March with a base price of $67,000, a figure that places it well into Cayenne territory. The first examples will be delivered to customers shortly after.