Porsche has added a high performance GTS model to the Macan lineup.

Powered by a 2.9-litre twin-turbo petrol V6, it boasts 280kW of power — 11kW more than its predecessor.

Maximum torque of 520Nm (up 19Nm) is available over a wide range from 1750 to 5000 rpm.

The engine is paired with the newly adapted PDK dual-clutch transmission.

Macan GTS accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds, or 4.5 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package, and has a top speed of 260km/h.

Adaptive air suspension is standard and lowers the car 10mm.

GTS rides on standard 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels with generously-sized, cast iron brakes.

Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) are optional, with tungsten carbide coating (390x38mm front, 356x28mm rear) or the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) which measure 396x38mm front and 370x30mm rear.

Acoustically, the standard Sport Exhaust system specifically adapted to the GTS accentuates the driving pleasure in the new Macan GTS.

The Sport Design package with new front and rear trim and striking side skirts lends the car a characteristic appearance.

The front fascia is characterised by black painted elements, with LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and three-dimensional rear lights with LED light bar are also darkened.

The LED headlights can be optionally ordered in black with PDLS Plus.

The lowered chassis, 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels in Satin Black, red brake calipers, and the trim strips in High Gloss Black emphasise the appearance.

The rear end also gains black accents including a diffuser and the tailpipes of the standard sport exhaust system.

Inside the cabin features Alcantara on the seat centre panels, centre console armrests and door panels, as well as brushed aluminium trim.

The multifunction sport steering wheel with the steering wheel rim in smooth leather is standard, as are the sport seats — exclusive to the GTS.

The heavily bolstered seats feature eight-way adjustment.

The optional GTS interior package in leather with Carmine Red or Chalk stitching plus additional Alcantara features, the BOSE Surround Sound system, and the new smartphone tray with inductive charging function are among the many personalisation options.

Park Assist including Surround View, a heated windshield, and ionizer are also available as optional equipment.

No word yet on when we get the car or how much it will cost.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.