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Porsche announces GTS version of popular Macan SUV


PORSCHE has become well-known for offering customers an array of sporty models, some of which happen to be sportier versions of already sporty cars. It was only a matter of time before they applied that thinking to the Macan range.

The Macan GTS seems as if it’s going to be rather good. Check out the details below:

The Macan GTS is characteristically recognized by the many black exterior accents. The window trim is finished in high gloss black as is the matte finish on the lower body and the Porsche Macan GTS designation on the rear. The GTS comes standard with 20-inch RS Spyder design wheels, which 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.

On the inside, the Macan GTS features a standard leather package and GTS sports seats with Alcantara seat centres 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, Sirius XM and HD radio and Bluetooth capability. An optional PCM with navigation module includes a hard-drive based navigation system that supports 3D navigation display, satellite image overlays and dynamic route calculation.

Based on the 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine in the Macan S, the Porsche Macan GTS incorporates hardware changes and a unique engine calibration to allow the engine to develop 265kW and 500Nm of torque over a broad rev-range. The rest of the all-wheel-drive powertrain matches up to the Macan Turbo. Porsche's seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission is combined with its PTM (Porsche Traction Management) system 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 100km/h in as little as 4.8 seconds and in conjunction with the optional Sport Chrono Package, it will reach a top speed of 256km/h.

Porsche's Stability Management (PSM) system has also been recalibrated for this application and when combined with the Sport Chrono package, it provides an even more dynamic driving experience. Air suspension, including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), comes standard on the Macan GTS. This combination provides adjustable ride height and damper stiffness. These parameters help optimally tune the car for virtually any driving condition.

We can expect the Macan GTS to be available in South Africa towards the middle of next year.

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