Porsche Macan facelift debuts with 440 hp GTS


GTS gets promoted to be the “Turbo” of the lineup.

Porsche has refreshed the Macan lineup one more time before allocating resources back to working on the second-gen Macan which is gonna be all-electric. Understandably, Porsche is planning to sell these ICE-powered Macans alongside the upcoming Macan EV. Come on, Porsche can’t let go of ICE altogether this soon. But anyway, let’s take a look at the Macan facelift.

The photos here showcase the Macan S, Macan GTS and Macan GTS with Sport Package. The Turbo model has been let go for some reason, which means the GTS is now the range-topping model. The styling revisions are rather subtle as you might expect; in the Macan GTS for example, the majority of the front fascia has been blackened, making it look a li’l bit more sporty compared to the outgoing model. The Macan S also features a new bumper design. Notice a 3D pattern on the front bumper, which is replicated on the door plastic cladding and on the rear bumper as well.

Porsche said that the LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and Sport Design exterior mirrors are now standard on all models. Standard wheel sizes measure 19-inches for the Macan, 20-inches for the Macan S and 21-inches for the Macan GTS. Three new colors join the standard 14-color palette: Papaya Metallic, Gentian Blue Metallic and Python Green; the last one is exclusive for GTS with Sport package.

The chassis is said to have been optimized as well, with better response to driving conditions and roads, offering the driver even better feedback via the steering wheel. More specifically, the damper characteristics of the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) have been tweaked for the said purposes. PASM is optional on the base Macan and is standard on the S and GTS models. The GTS rides 10 mm lower, thanks to the standard sport air suspension. The GTS’ air suspension is firmer by 10% and 15% on the front and rear axles, respectively, compared with its predecessor. The optional GTS Sport package gets you 21-inch GT design wheels with performance tyres, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) and the Sport Chrono package.

The interior photos here showcase only the GTS with Sport Package, but Porsche said that an analogue clock on top of the dashboard is standard on all Macan models. Other features include a new GT Sport steering wheel from the 911, a 10.9-inch full HD central touchscreen, and optional leather upholstery and contrasting seam packages. The optional Sport Package gets you 18-way sport seats, Carbon interior package, Race-Tex upholstery with extended leather elements, various elements with contrast stitching and GTS lettering in Python Green.

As for the juicy bits, the range-topping Macan GTS continues with a 2.9-litre (2,894 cc) V6 biturbo engine that now pumps out 324 kW (440 metric hp), which is the same as the outgoing Turbo but 44 kW (60 metric hp) more than in the outgoing GTS. With Sport Chrono package, the GTS is claimed to sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 272 km/h (169 mph).

The Macan S now gets the same 2.9L V6 biturbo engine with 280 kW (380 metric hp), which is 26 metric hp more. So, essentially what has happened is transferring the Turbo’s engine to the GTS and the GTS’ to Macan S. The base Macan’s 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo now offers 195 kW (265 metric hp), which is 20 more than before. Both engines are coupled with a 7-speed PDK that drives all four wheels via Porsche Traction Management (PTM) AWD system.

The new models are available to order now in Europe, with prices in Germany (including VAT) starting at €62,917 for the Macan, €71,723 for the Macan S and €88,264 for the Macan GTS. Deliveries are expected to commence in October 2021.

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