Gulf Insider drives the top of the range Porsche Macan GTS to find out.
By Charlie Cooksey
Porsche came in for a lot of criticism back in 2002 when they announced they were going to build an SUV; it just wasn’t something a company known for high-performance sports cars did at the time. But history reveals that they were just the first sports car manufacturer to do so, and most others eventually followed.
The Porsche Cayenne was a massive success and became the company’s bestselling vehicle – until 2014 when they launched the Macan which many believe is not just even more fun to drive than the Cayenne, but has better value – which is why it’s now outselling the Cayenne.
The 7-speed PDK shifts with lightning-fast precision and is hard to fault. It’s easy to see why this model is so well-liked, it’s an outright joy to drive – a premium crossover that puts a smile on the driver’s face.
The GTS, which I drove, is the top-of-the-range Macan with a significantly more powerful twin-turbo V-6 engine than standard models. It has 434 horsepower and will go from zero to 100kph in less than 3.5 seconds.
The latest model brings a host of enhancements, and the front and rear styling has been slightly reworked. Rivals such as the BMW X3 offer more luxury equipment as standard, but the Macan is designed purely for driving pleasure.
This brings us to why for an SUV, there’s not a lot of space for back-seat passengers. The Macan is designed for driving pleasure over passenger capacity.
You can think of the Macan as a compact crossover version of the iconic Porsche 911. Except, it has high ground clearance, fits four adults, and can tow up to 4,400 pounds when required. It also has strong resale value.
Porsche Macan GTS prices start from BD 37,120 incl. VAT
To arrange a test drive in Bahrain, call +973 17459911 or visit their website.