Porsche considering a GTS version of the Macan

Article by Christian A., on February 11, 2014

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller said that the German company is considering a GTS performance version of the recently introduced Macan. According to Mueller, the GTS versions have a tradition at Porsche, but for the moment the carmaker didn’t make a final decision.

Still, Mueller added that the Macan GTS makes a lot of sense. Currently, the Macan is available in three versions: Macan S, Macan S Diesel and Macan Turbo. The Porsche Macan S is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine rated at 335 hp and capable to push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.4 seconds and to a top speed of 254 km/h or 158 mph.

The Macan S Diesel uses a 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engine that generates 254 hp. Macan S Diesel sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.3 seconds, while top speed is limited at 230 km/h or 143 mph.

The Macan Turbo is the most powerful model and comes with a 3.6-liter V6 biturbo engine that delivers 394 hp. With this engine, the Macan Turbo accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds (4.6 seconds with the Sport Chrono package) and has a top speed electronically limited at 266 km/h (165 mph).

Just like the Cayenne GTS uses the same engine as the Cayenne Turbo, the Macan GTS is expected to use a detuned version of the 3.6-liter V6 biturbo engine found on the Macan Turbo. Moreover, the Macan GTS will receive most of the features found on the Macan Turbo. Pricing is expected to be a little smaller comparing it with the Macan Turbo.

The aggressive front end of the new Porsche Macan is marked by large air intakes, which underscore the fact that this vehicle belongs to the performance class. The Macan Turbo also has the same air intakes, but these apertures are fitted with stylistic elements known as C-blades, which work to both highlight the sporty appearance of the sports car while helping aid in aerodynamics.

Likewise, the new Macan comes with a wraparound bonnet that encloses the sporty headlights while extending down to the wheel arches. The Macan’s broad and dynamic looks are mainly the result of the imposing size of the bonnet and its precision lines that run to the front end. Interestingly, the bonnet features a seamless surface, thereby lending the Macan a clean front end that heavily focuses on the road.

When viewed on the sides, the new Macan reveals a sharp profile made possible by a sporty sloping roof line, while the vehicle’s the broad, sculpted wings are accentuated by design lines running to the rear end. These design lines, along with the window graphics and the shape of the D-pillar, pay tribute to the design of the Porsche 911.

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