It seems as if every other week brings a new Porsche—because it very nearly does, at least in 2021. Fresh off introductions of the Taycan Sport Turismo, the 911 GT3, and the Cayenne Turbo GT, the German brand is keeping the pressure on with the release of the 2022 Macan, which is noteworthy not just for its new refinements, but for the shake-up at the top of its model range: The previous Turbo model is dead, replaced by a highly compelling, fortified 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 V-6 rated at 434 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque, which amount to increases of 59 horses and 22 pound-feet over 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 “genuinely fun” category of athleticism. As expected, the updated GTS posts the same heady 3.5-second 60-mph time as the outgoing Turbo, plus a similar 12.1-second quarter-mile at 112 mph.
Being a Porsche, however, the Macan is not all about going quickly 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 noted that its “responsive and accurate steering seems to have been plucked right from a 718 GTS.” While that’s generally still the case—the helm remains nicely weighted and highly direct—the Macan does feel a bit shorter on feedback than we remember, as its contact patches load and unload in corners. This quibble aside, the GTS remains impressively responsive and engaging, and is one of very few crossovers that feels as composed on a racetrack as on the street.
For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.