It seems like every two weeks brings a new Porsche, as it almost does, at least in 2021. After the introductions of the Taycan Sport Turismo, 911 GT3 and Cayenne Turbo GT, the German marque is maintaining the pressure on with the release of the Macan 2022, which stands out not only for its new refinements, but also for the redesign of the top of its model range: the previous Turbo model is dead, replaced by a fortified and very convincing Macan GTS.
Providing the heat in the GTS is the same engine that powered last year’s Turbo model, a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 rated at 434 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque, which equates to increases. of 59 horsepower and 22 lb-ft on the previous GTS. All Macans also come standard with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, which combine to push the GTS into the “really fun” athletic class and should help it mimic the sprint. Turbo 3.5 seconds at 60 mph.
Being a Porsche, however, the Macan isn’t all about going fast in a straight line, and that’s especially true for models wearing the GTS badge. When we drove the previous iteration of the Macan GTS, we noticed that its “responsive and precise steering seems to have been taken from a 718 GTS”. While this is usually always the case – the bar remains well weighted and very direct – the Macan feels a bit shorter than we remember, as its contact patches charge and unload in the corners. Aside from this chicane, the GTS remains an impressive performer of responsiveness and commitment, crossover or otherwise.
Going for the $ 12,010 GTS Sport package also brings the launch control provided by the Sport Chrono package, an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential, 18-way adaptive sport seats and blackened exterior details. But even the regular 2022 Macan has plenty to boast about, including adaptive dampers and re-tuned air springs, the latter putting the GTS 0.4 inch lower than the lower trims. While Porsche’s upgraded tungsten carbide coated brake discs are standard on GTS models sold in the United States, the European market car we sampled in Los Angeles had the carbon brake option – Surprisingly smooth ceramic that Porsche removed from Macan’s American option list. for 2021 because so few people have splurged for them.
But the standard GTS stops are very strong and match the hustle and bustle this crossover shows in the corners. Far from feeling like a heavy SUV tuned to understeer at the first sign of side loads, the GTS drives like a hot, elevated sedan. Its adaptive shocks and air springs are now 10% firmer in the front and 15% firmer in the rear, giving it surprisingly neutral handling.
Speaking of stiffer suspension settings, it’s fair to wonder if the Macan GTS goes too far in this area, compromising comfort in the pursuit of chassis performance that buyers will likely never exploit. Fortunately, this is not the case. As we’ve learned from the relatively smooth asphalt of the Angeles Crest Highway to the rougher, thicker pavement of the Angeles Forest Highway and Big Tujunga Canyon Road, the GTS’s driving modes have an impact. significant on his character. There’s a noticeable difference between its Sport and Sport Plus settings, with the latter dramatically improving drivetrain responses while still allowing a few too many imperfections from the road to be transmitted to the cabin. On rougher surfaces, the softer Sport mode of the dampers is definitely the way to go.
When we drove a prototype of the 2022 Porsche Macan GTS, we found its exterior and interior updates to be rather light. This is still true for the production version, but the handful of revisions that have been made are effective in keeping the Macan’s look fresh. Inside, the digital instrument panel and center console touch controls are now on par with Porsche’s contemporary lineup. And GTS models benefit from welcome additional interior upgrades, including the GT sports steering wheel from the latest 911 as well as Alcantara-trimmed sports seats. Three exterior colors specific to the GTS Sport Package (Python Green, Gentian Blue Metallic and Papaya Metallic) are sure to turn heads. As with the rest of the Macan 2022 lineup, the GTS benefits from technology and infotainment updates, such as a 10.9-inch touchscreen and standard Apple CarPlay wireless connectivity, as well as upgrades from its Bose and Burmester audio systems. Unsurprisingly, GTS updates lead to a healthy price increase – the base claim of $ 81,250 is $ 7,800 more than last year’s version – but the 2022 model is still several thousand dollars less. expensive than the outgoing Turbo.
Compare the driving feel of the 2022 Macan GTS with that of its main competitors, the BMW X3 M and the Mercedes-AMG GLC63, and you realize that it’s not really competing with them – the BMW and the AMGs compete with each other, while the Porsche belongs to a different class of driver involvement and driving precision. Take into account the added horsepower of the updated model and none of its upgrades compromising its core mission as a compact and practical crossover, and the new GTS is the best Macan yet.
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