Porsche just cast its three-letter performance spell on the Macan crossover: For 2017, the wee CUV gets a GTS version with some engine and chassis tweaks and ever-so-slightly altered aesthetics.
Computer wizardry squeezes 20 more horses and 30 more lb-ft of torque out of the same twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 found in the Macan S—360 ponies and 369 twists, in total. Brakes are upsized, too—the GTS packs the 14.2-inch front rotors from the Macan Turbo, gripped by red-painted six-piston monoblock calipers.
The GTS sits 0.4 inches lower than the Turbo, on an adjustable air suspension, over black 20-inch wheels. GTS spec also brings blacked-out badging and window trim, carbon-fiber accents on the doors, and darkened quad exhaust tips. Inside, microsuede sport seats and leather upholstery feature prominent GTS logos, with an optional interior package adding a red tach dial and contrasting seatbelts and stitching. If you're into that kind of thing.
Porsche says the Macan GTS will sprint 0-60 in 4.8 seconds, when equipped with the optional, launch-control-enabled Sport Chrono package, on to a top speed of 159 mph. It will go on sale in March 2016 with a starting price around $68,000.