New Porsche Macan: sporty GTS spec arrives

Published: 17 December 2019

► New 2019 Porsche Macan Turbo
► Huge 11-inch touchscreen
► More like 911 inside and out 

Porsche has introduced the new Macan GTS, splitting hairs between the S and Turbo models. Porsche says its the sportiest Macan out there, even if it's not as powerful or not as quick as the Turbo.

The GTS uses Porsche's 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 with 375bhp, capable of a 0-62mph sprint in 4.7sec and a top speed of 164mph. Porsche also says that the GTS has a 15mm lower suspension setup (which can be lowered by another 10mm if you spec air springs), standard PASM adaptive dampers, standard sports exhaust and the Macan's Sport Design bodykit fitted fresh out of the box.

You can order one now, priced from £58,816.

Porsche Macan GTS interior

So, what's the Macan range now?

  • Macan: 2.0-litre turbocharged 4cyl. 242bhp, £46,913
  • Macan S: 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6, 349bhp, £49,300
  • Macan GTS: 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6, 375bhp, £58,816
  • Macan Turbo: 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6, 434bhp, £68,530

What about the Turbo?

It's a compact SUV that’ll hit 62mph from a standstill in just 4.3 seconds. Stuttgart’s range-topping Macan uses a 2.9-litre, six-cylinder, twin-turbocharged block capable of 434bhp and a top speed of 167mph.

Engineers have placed the turbos inside the vee for more efficient packaging, and that, combined with a revised exhaust manifold means this powertrain puts out an additional 40PS compared to the previous 3.6-litre engine. It’ll also produce 405lb ft of torque.

You get LED headlights as standard, and this Macan rolls on its own special 20-inch wheels. Side skirts and sporty mirrors are finished in body colour, and this Macan will sound gruffer too, thanks to a sports exhaust system – fitted as standard.

It’ll cost £68,530.

The new 2019 Porsche Macan and Macan S

As you’d expect from Stuttgart, the design of the facelifted Porsche Macan represents a ‘light tidy-up’ more than a sweeping redesign.

The overall look of the car is pretty similar, though Porsche says it’s carried over elements of the 911 and 918 design to make the Macan look a little sportier. We'd say it's a pretty modest refresh.

With that in mind, you’ll find LED headlights as standard, and at the rear the new model retains the three-dimensional LED light strip that’s becoming a hallmark of the current Macan. As expected, all lights use the four-point design we’re seeing sweep through the company’s road and race cars.

The specs of the basic Macan is as follows, in this post-diesel age:

Macan engine 2.0-litre turbo four, 242bhp and 273lb ft
Transmission Seven-speed PDK twin-clutch, AWD 
0-62mph 6.7 seconds
Top speed 139mph 
Average fuel consumption 34.9mpg
CO2 185g/km 

By changing the placement of the air intakes, Porsche has made the front of the Macan look wider than before, helping to give it a squatter, sportier look.

It’ll come in four new colours, too: Miami Blue, Mamba Green Metallic, Dolomite Silver Metallic and Crayon. Suitably silly paint names? Check...

Finally, 20- and 21-inch wheels are now on offer, to lend that gangster swagger.

And inside the cabin of the facelifted Porsche Macan?

The interior of the Macan sees a similar amount of change, with new styling updates designed to bring the car slightly closer to Porsche’s halo 911 sports car range.

An optional GT sports steering wheel is the most obvious nod to Stuttgart’s most iconic sports car, while an integrated Sports Response Button mirrors the one you’d find on a the latest Cayenne SUV.

Porsche has hiked up the levels of comfort, so this time you’ll find a heated windscreen and air-improving ioniser on the options list. A traffic jam adaptive cruise system has finally arrived in the Macan too, though it’s only functional at speeds up to 37.2mph (60kph).

That screen!

The most striking thing in the new Macan interior – besides the swarm of switches by the gear selector, which we’ll get to later – is a new full-HD infotainment system. Measuring a massive 11 inches corner-to-corner, the new screen features the same tile-based user interface as the Panamera and Macan. Such is the size of the new screen that Porsche has redesigned air vents around it, so they’re now below it.

Just like the current model, the new Macan will ship with a Connect Plus module, allowing for a more connected driving experience. That means you can expect voice control, and real-time traffic information powered by BMW, Daimler and VW Group’s Here maps service.

As you can see from the pictures, there's also a tonne of switches, which is a change from the smudgy glass surfaces we're now seeing dominate most VAG cars' dashboards... 

What’ll the new Macan be like to drive?

Porsche says the new Macan has an optimised chassis, so it should feature an even more engaging ride than the current model. As with the current car, the new 2019 Macan will feature mixed tyres to bolster its handling, and a new all-wheel drive system should increase the levels of grip - especially mid-corner.

Price and engine news? 

Porsche has confirmed UK prices will start at £46,344.00, a scant £400 more than the last Macan. All models sold in Great Britain will now get LED headlights and the new PCM with online navigation and Connect Plus. 

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By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast