A new version of the Porsche Macan GTS sports utility vehicle will be in South African showrooms in the second quarter of 2016 – though you can order one now.
The current (October 2015) Macan range in South Africa includes only the S, S Diesel and Turbo costing, respectively, R904 000, R884 000 and R1 275 000. The GTS will slot between the S and Turbo.
The diesel version was the 2015 SA Guild of Motoring Journalists’ Car of the Year – though it was a controversial decision.
The Macan was introduced to the Porsche range way back in 2002 to create that was then claimed to be the first ‘family’ sports car – there’s even a hybrid version in some countries – and had mild off-road ability thanks to its height-adjustable suspension.
The new all-wheel drive Porsche Macan GTS (we’re expecting more local information tomorrow, Oct 29 2015), Porsche says, “distinguishes itself with a driving experience that surpasses even that for which the Porsche compact SUV has become renowned”.
A re-engineered chassis, 15kW more power (now 260kW / 500Nm) and uprated brakes are among the latest dynamic GTS attributes.
The petrol engine puts the GTS between the Macan S and the Macan Turbo in the range line-up. The technical basis for this, Porsche explains, is the three-litre, twin-turbo V6 of the Macan S supplemented by the brand’s double-clutch gearbox and traction management that delivers torque according to the demand of each of the four wheels.
A sports exhaust sings a hymn of praise for the whole shebang.#
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A more sporting state of tune has been applied to the active suspension management which also offers a 15mm lower ride height and 20” matte-black RS Spyder alloy rims. Wider rear tyres, Porsche says, are a feature of every Macan and contribute mightily to the 5.2sec sprint to 100km/h (five seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package.
Top speed is 256km/h, possible fuel-consumption nine litres100km.
A touchscreen one the facia is there not only for pretty pictures but also a range of connectivity and infotainment features. Amazingly in such an upmarket car, satnav and cellphone connection are an extra-cost option…!.
If you don’t manage to read the badge on the tail hatch then the GTS, Porsche says, can be recognised by its black accents – glossy above the waistline and matte below – and for the first time the Macan GTS has the option of diode headlights – again, something for which one shouldn’t have to pay extra on a car of this pedigree.
Standard equipment includes traction control, seven-speed double-clutch gearbox, ‘active’ suspension, sports seats, digital radio, front and rear parking radar, multifunction steering-wheel with shift paddles, electronic luggage hatch release, Bluetooth and a USB port.
The GTS will be sold with a three-year warranty (isn’t it about time they caught up with Korean automakers which are so confident in their cars that they offer five years?)
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