Porsche is expanding its Macan compact crossover line with a GTS-trimmed model, set to arrive in Canada next Spring.

The 2017 Porsche Macan GTS will slot in between the current S and Turbo trims with a 360 hp/368 lb-ft version of the 3.0L turbocharged V6 found in those two models. That gives it a bump of 20 hp and 29 lb-ft over the Macan S, but leaves the Turbo trim with an advantage of 40 hp and 38 lb-ft. Move from paper to pavement, Porsche says the GTS’s extra juice cuts 0.2 seconds off the S’s 5.4-second zero-to-100 km/h sprint, without getting too close to the Turbo’s 4.8-second time.

Other GTS exclusives include a ride height lowered 20 mm, sportier tuning for Porche’s active suspension management (PASM), 20-inch black satin wheels, other black exterior accents, sport seats with Alcantara centre panels, and a “full-sounding” sport exhaust. Porsche’s latest infotainment setup also gets its crossover debut in the Macan GTS.

GTS buyers will get the same seven-speed dual clutch transmission (PDK) and standard all-wheel drive (Porsche traction management) used in the existing models.

Porsche says Canadian Macan GTS deliveries will begin in the second quarter of 2016, at an MSRP of $73,100, while the base S will start at $59,200 and the Turbo at $85,800.


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