Porsche is bound affective appear an electric future, with an EV adaptation of its megapopular Macan crossover set to go on auction in 2023. As a band-aid afore that happens, the cast gave the complete gas-powered Macan one aftermost facelift, and while the changes aren’t too extensive, it’s still one hell of a send-off.
There’s no added Turbo archetypal for 2022, so the GTS takes the crimson of top-dog Macan. It uses the aforementioned twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 as before, but achievement is additional to 434 application and 405 pound-feet of torque, analogous the old Turbo and besting the 2021 GTS by 59 hp and 22 lb.-ft. The Macan continues to use a seven-speed dual-clutch manual and all-wheel drive, and the GTS now comes accepted with a lower air abeyance bureaucracy and stiffer dampers.
Cosmetic changes are mostly bound to redesigned advanced and rear bumpers, altered caster designs, new blush and trim choices and some reshuffled options. The bigger amend is on the inside, area every 2022 Macan gets a 10.9-inch touchscreen active the infotainment arrangement that Porsche has afresh started phasing out. There’s additionally a new centermost animate architectonics that ditches the antecedent Macan’s chaotic row of buttons for a ablaze animate that appearance backlit touch-sensitive buttons like you’d acquisition on the Cayenne and Panamera .
The 2022 Porsche Macan GTS is a applicable adieu for the brand’s bunched crossover.
My analysis car is a Euro-spec model, but the alone aberration from what we’ll get in the US are the brakes. Porsche alone its carbon-ceramic anchor advantage from the Macan for 2022 in the US, citation a super-low booty rate, but the PCCBs will still be offered in Europe. On our shores the GTS comes accepted with Porsche’s ahead alternative apparent coated brakes (with red calipers for the aboriginal time), which is absolutely fine. The PCCBs are candidly abstract on the street, and from above-mentioned acquaintance with the PSCBs in added models they’ll be added than able abundant for the Macan GTS — abnormally now that Porsche smoothed out the pedal feel.
New to the options account is the $12,010 GTS Action Package, which my car has. If selected, you get a bound blush palette of mostly monochromatic shades, admitting opting for this backpack unlocks the advantage of the afire new Python Green hue and gives the GTS glassy atramentous fascias, as able-bodied as ancillary blades and mirrors corrective appearance black. You’re additionally affected into a atramentous covering autogenous with Python Green bond and alcantara inserts, in accession to a acrimonious alcantara council caster and carbon-fiber trim and aperture axle plates.
The GTS Action Package additionally bundles in a agglomeration of must-have achievement goodies. It adds glassy atramentous 21-inch auto captivated in Pirelli P Aught Corsa summer tires, Porsche’s torque-vectoring system, the Action Chrono Package (launch control, Action Plus and Individual drive modes, Action Response button and a dash-mounted stopwatch), and the alarming 18-way adaptive action seats. All that actuality would add up to $6,850 on its own, and you can’t get the adhesive summer tires any added way.
All this adds up to the Macan GTS actuality an complete riot. Porsche says the GTS will hit 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, analogous the old Turbo, but afterwards application barrage ascendancy (and alive Porsche’s estimates) that seems conservative. The agent is acknowledging and torquey throughout the gears, and it sounds abundant with the accepted action bankrupt set to the loud approach — admitting I ambition there were a few added ancestor and bangs because I’m childish.
Also, I apperceive this has been said to death, but it’s true: The Macan doesn’t drive like a crossover or alike a hot hatch, it drives like a sports car. The GTS apparently has the best council of any crossover in agreement of feedback, activity and weighting. There’s about aught anatomy roll, alike in high-camber corners, and the adaptive air abeyance provides a bland and abiding ride no amount the alley surface. It’s never too stiff, alike in the sportiest of the three settings. The super-sticky Pirelli tires (sized 265/40R21 up advanced and 295/35R21 rear) and capricious torque-vectoring arrangement accord the GTS acutely amaranthine grip, and there’s never a distinct moment of understeer or the absorption ascendancy blame in. Best of all, the GTS is never too abundant for the street. I can advance harder in corners and accumulate my bottom to the attic on straightaways afterwards hitting cool speeds.
Maybe added impressively, the Macan GTS is aloof as acceptable at active errands in the burghal or ashore in alarming Los Angeles cartage as it is on an abandoned backroad. Its baby size, acceptable visibility, quick council and torquey V6 agency I can bound through gaps in cartage with ease, and the alternative adaptive cruise ascendancy with alternate works appealing well. With the 18-way seats I don’t feel fatigued alike afterwards eight hours in the car, and the $990 Bose surround-sound arrangement is acceptable abundant to not accomplish me admiration the $5,700 Burmester high-end setup.
There are a few downsides to the 2022 Macan, none of which are accompanying to how it drives. Despite the autogenous overhaul, the Macan still feels a little old inside, abnormally back compared to the accepted Cayenne and 911. Because of its earlier electrical architectonics it can’t run the PCM 6.0 infotainment arrangement that debuted on the Taycan , so while the arrangement is bigger than what the Macan ahead had, it’s now anachronous and doesn’t accept Android Auto. It’s additionally bare with avant-garde tech appearance like a head-up display, agenda barometer array and ambient autogenous lighting. And I wouldn’t go for the GTS Action Package, as it agency you can’t get covering or aerial seats.
At $81,250 to alpha (including a $1,350 destination charge), the 2022 Macan GTS is $7,800 added big-ticket than aftermost year’s archetypal admitting it’s $4,700 beneath than the antecedent Turbo. To me that’s a baby amount to pay for the GTS’ baseline improvements for 2022. But alpha throwing on options, and as with any Porsche it’ll add up quick. My analysis car is $104,410 and is missing options like the $1,670 across-the-board roof; my ideal GTS sans the Action Package would still be over $100K. But there’s no added crossover at that amount that comes alike abutting to the Macan GTS’ genre-bending abilities, and there aren’t abounding added analogously priced Porsches I’d rather accept instead.
It’s adamantine to enlarge how important the Macan is to Porsche. For one, it’s the brand’s best seller. Since its barrage in 2014 over 600,000 accept been awash worldwide, with about 140,000 award homes in the US. Sixty percent of Macan barter in America are acquisition buyers, acceptation they’re advancing from added brands, and Macan owners accept a lower boilerplate assets than Cayenne owners by about $200K. Additionally, 35% of Macan buyers in the US are women — abundant college than the brand’s boilerplate — admitting that cardinal is about 60% in China, Porsche’s bigger bazaar both for the cast as a accomplished and the Macan specifically.
That agency the new electric Macan needs to be good. That’s not absolutely a concern, though, accustomed how astounding the Taycan is and the actuality that the Macan EV will be on a new belvedere with alike bigger achievement and ambit figures. But are about 20,000 Americans a year able to buy an electric Macan? Will complete Macan buyers appetite to accomplish the switch? Will that acquisition cardinal break the aforementioned or improve?
To allay some of those concerns, Porsche will abide to advertise the accepted gas-powered Macan alike already the electric one goes on auction in 2023, admitting it seems like that will alone appear for a brace years at most. While it ability get ambagious in agreement of business — Porsche has yet to affirm whether the electric almsman will still be alleged Macan — befitting the gas-powered adaptation on auction for a few added years is absolutely a acceptable thing. With this final Macan GTS as accomplished as it is, I anticipate the Macan’s approaching is attractive bright.
This was originally appear on Roadshow.
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