2017 Porsche Macan GTS first drive review Page 3


The engine only tries to keep up with the rest of the car. According to Porsche, all 360 horses come forward at 6,000 rpm, but the power peak feels earlier than that. Sport Chrono-equipped Macan GTS cars can use a “Sport Plus” setting that holds gears longer and stiffens the ride, but too often we found the Macan running out of ideas close to redline, and we begged for the next gear to find better acceleration. The Macan GTS’s “Sport” setting seemed to do just that, and we found ourselves dialing down the GTS to gear up quicker in spirited driving (under 20 mph, of course).

The torque numbers could justify our initial reaction. The Macan GTS’s peak torque is available from 1,650-4,000 rpm—1,000 revs lower than the Macan S and 500 revs lower than the Macan Turbo. Our “butt dyno” told us the Macan GTS was most fun between 3,500 and 5,500 rpm, just short of the 6,000 rpm horsepower peak and far short of the 6,700 rpm redline.

DON'T MISS: 2017 Nissan GT-R first drive review

Drivers can intervene sooner if they choose. The standard 7-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission comes with paddle shifters that quickly swap cogs upon command and can bring the Macan GTS closer to its sweet spot than “Sport Plus” did for us. Shifts come quickly, and we could bang out quick and consistent runs up to 60 mph all day. According to Porsche, the Macan GTS hits 60 mph from a stop in 5.0 seconds, or 4.8 seconds when Sport Chrono is equipped.

(Disclaimer: A Macan GTS managed to overheat on a run up Pikes Peak for a colleague. According to Porsche, the car's accessory belt snapped during the drive. The belt was replaced under warranty and participated the next day without further issues.)

2017 Porsche Macan GTS First Drive

2017 Porsche Macan GTS First Drive

Enlarge Photo
2017 Porsche Macan GTS First Drive

2017 Porsche Macan GTS First Drive

Enlarge Photo
2017 Porsche Macan GTS

2017 Porsche Macan GTS

Enlarge Photo

A much more relaxed 220 miles after the run up Pikes Peak—and up North America’s tallest paved road, Mt. Evans—revealed the Macan GTS is happy settling into daily duty. The engine becomes unobtrusive beyond the light growl from the exhaust when it’s not active, and the ride is equally quiet.

We have quibbles: Without equipped navigation, the big “Nav” button on the infotainment remains and when pressed brings up a screen reminding you that you didn’t spring for $1,730 of programming with your $68,000 car. Active lane control ($1,380 option) sounds too much like ordinary rumble strips to command that kind of premium, Porsche Connect Plus ($1,300 option) still doesn’t include Android Auto, and the paddle shifter posts could be bigger.

Together, the options on our Macan GTS totaled $89,070 for a car that started at $67,200.

It’s true that the Macan GTS is the best handling SUV on the planet, but perhaps its best sports car quality is still the ability to run up the price.

These driving impressions are from an invitation-only automaker launch event that allowed special access to the vehicle and executives. Porsche covered our overnight accommodations, meals, and some transportation costs.

_______________________________________

Follow Motor Authority on Facebook and Twitter.


 
Follow Us

Take Us With You!

 

Related Used Listings

Browse used listings in your area.


 
© 2017 MotorAuthority. All Rights Reserved. MotorAuthority is published by Internet Brands Automotive Group. Stock photography by izmostock. Read our Cookie Policy.