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Porsche Macan GTS
Porsche hit the jackpot when they released the Cayenne in 2002, bringing huge profits and enabling more development of their GT program and saving the company to a lot of people. So it makes sense that they capitalise on the growing SUV market and released a smaller version – the Macan.
Well, now the Macan has had its second major facelift and sees in 2021 with a slightly revised nose, tweaked new look for the rear end and plenty of design and tech revisions to the interior bringing this small SUV right up to date. This Macan GTS model uses Porsche's new 2.9-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine, which in this latest facelift effectively replaces the Turbo with 434bhp and 550Nm of torque, with performance to match – 0-62mph takes 4.5 seconds and it'll top out at almost 170mph.
The turbo V6 engined GTS has a throaty growl that you don't get with the 4cyl version and the extra power will certainly be noticed. The fact that it's a GTS means that you also get a load of extra tech and chassis kit for a lot less than it would cost to add them to an S model, with Porsche's Active Suspension system, new wheels, Sport Design body kit and plenty more.
The GTS is fast becoming the pick of each Porsche range, so we'd peg this Macan GTS as the one to have.
Porsche Cayman GTS 4.0
When in 2016, Porsche bowed to increasing environmental pressures and installed a new flat-4 cylinder turbocharged engine in the 718 Cayman, a lot of Porsche purists were up in arms about it, not least because the soundtrack the 4-pot motors provided just wasn’t very nice or exciting.
Then the new Cayman GT4 came out with a 4.0 litre naturally aspirated flat-six motor and the purists were happy – but they were (and still are) incredibly hard to get hold of. So basically, Porsche listened and have replaced the 2.5 litre flat-four turbo in the Cayman GTS with a detuned version of that GT4 engine, producing 395bhp and the same 420Nm of torque.
Performance is improved slightly, the price is a bit higher and it drinks a bit more fuel, but finally you can order a new Cayman and have a sweet flat-six singing away behind your head in one of the best mid-engined chassis Porsche has ever made. Rejoice!
This really is one of the best Porsche pairings we've ever offered!