So it's 15mm lower on some natty RS Spyder wheels (20-inch diameter, which the Macan's body manages to dwarf), more of the outside is painted in black and more of the inside is Alcantara. Simples.
With a little less power than the Turbo the GTS feels slightly less fast. The revelations continue. But with 360hp it still feels suitably rapid, the bark from the sports exhaust rallying the driver along nicely until its constant overrun cackle makes you turn it off. The bi-turbo V6 is a very good engine though, willing and eager right through to the redline and well paired to the seven-speed PDK.
But it's not all good news. As discovered in the UK, a succession of bumps can throw the body rigidity into light, a worrying degree of flex apparent as the cracks appear in the facade. Typically it rides quite nicely but the Macan can not entirely hide the compromises inherent in its development. There still isn't really enough space for a family SUV either.
So it's business as usual for this latest Porsche GTS then, the options many are after added as standard to make a very accomplished car that little more desirable. But doesn't it seem rather a shame that this is desirable to the car buying public? Not that long ago a small Porsche could have been a saloon but such is the continued domination of the SUV and crossover that Stuttgart has felt the need to join in. All Macan praise has to be qualified with 'for what it is' - a near 2,000kg 4x4 - which seems a bit ridiculous. Whatever chassis modifications or huge tyres are used, a big and heavy car will never truly behave like a smaller and lighter one. It's disappointing that Porsche has to work almost with one hand behind its back to cater for market demand. Something in the mould of the Jaguar XE with these engines would surely be excellent, but it would likely prove less popular. Anyway, ideological rant over; the Macan GTS remains a very good car for, um, what it is and will no doubt prove exceptionally popular with paying customers. The priority, let's not forget. Fingers crossed it continues to make enough cash for this manual GT3 to be viable...
PORSCHE MACAN GTS
Engine: 2,997cc, bi-turbo V6
Transmission: 7-speed PDK, all-wheel drive
Power (hp): 360@6,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 369@1,650-4,000rpm
0-62mph: 5.2 seconds (5.0 seconds with optional Sport Chrono Package)
Top speed: 159mph
Weight: 1,895kg (Unladen DIN spec)
MPG: 30.7- 32.1 (NEDC claimed combined depending on tyres fitted)
CO2: 207-215g/km (Depending on tyres fitted)