2017 Porsche Macan GTS Bows in Tokyo, U.S. Bound

Porsche will be extending its performance oriented GTS option to its hot selling Macan compact crossover SUV. The 2017 Porsche Macan GTS is characterized by the company as being "the most agile version of the compact SUV from Porsche to date."

Powertrain tweaks bump output

Using the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine in the Macan S, the Macan GTS is tweaked to develop 360 hp at 6,000 rpm and 369 lb.-ft. of torque between a broad 1,650-4,000 rpm. The GTS also employs the same all-wheel-drive powertrain from the Macan Turbo; Porsche's seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission is combined with Porsche's Traction Management system (PTM) that actuates an electro-hydraulic, multi-plate clutch to variably engage the front axle depending on traction needs. All told, this powertrain package accelerates the Macan GTS to 60 mph in as little as 4.8 seconds in conjunction with the optional Sport Chrono Package and up to a top track speed of 159 mph.

Porsche's Stability Management system has also been recalibrated for this application, and when combined with the Sport Chrono package, it provides an even more dynamic driving experience. Large front brake rotors, with six-piston fixed calipers finished in red, and large rear rotors, with single-piston calipers also painted in red, provide the braking force needed for performance use and assist with torque vectoring, via Porsche's optional Torque Vectoring system (PTV).

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Air suspension adds to ride

Air suspension, including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), comes standard on the Macan GTS. This combination provides adjustable ride height and damper stiffness. Macan GTS specific suspension tuning also includes a lower ride height, compared to the Macan Turbo.

The Macan GTS is distinguished by black exterior accents. The window trim is finished in high gloss black, there is a matte finish on the lower body and the Porsche Macan GTS designation on the rear hatch, and the standard 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels are finished in Satin Black. Side blades, located in the lower portion of the doors, are matte black with GTS logos in contrasting gloss black. The Macan GTS will be available with optional LED headlights that feature Porsche's unique four-point daytime running lights, as well as a cornering light function.

Cabin comfort

On the inside, the Macan GTS features a standard leather package and GTS sport seats with Alcantara seat centers and GTS logos on the headrests. An optional GTS interior package, featuring a Carmine Red tachometer and deviated stitching, seat belts, and embroidered GTS logos on the headrests is also available. The standard PCM (Porsche Communication Management system) includes Sound Package Plus, eight speakers, a USB and aux-in interface. An optional PCM with Navigation module includes a hard-drive based nav system with 3D navigation display, satellite images, and dynamic route calculation.

Two connectivity systems are optional: available for the standard PCM is Porsche Connect, which provides Apple CarPlay(tm) integration. Porsche Connect Plus is available for the PCM with Navigation system. Connect Plus expands on Connect by including a hot-spot capable LTE modem for connectivity. Passengers can surf the web, while the driver can access real-time traffic, and even transfer destinations and calendar appointments from a smartphone into the PCM. The 2017 Macan GTS goes on sale in March 2016, with a base MSRP of $67,200 excluding a destination change.

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