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Porsche rolls out 2020 Macan GTS, a new option for buyers looking to spend $70k on a subcompact SUV

Porsche has introduced a new grade of the Macan, the GTS.

Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

If you raised your hand when the teacher asked, "Who wants to spend $70,000 on a subcompact semi-performance-focused SUV?" Porsche has a new model you'll be interested in.

The German automaker has rolled out the specs and features list for its forthcoming 2020 Porsche Macan GTS, a model that sits above the the Macan base model and Macan S but below the Macan Turbo in Porsche's lineup.

2020 Porsche Macan GTSThe model rides on standard 20-inch wheels.Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Priced from $71,300, it is priced perfectly within that grade walk. The Macan S starts at $59,400 and the Macan Turbo is $86,300.

Its specs and features list also puts the SUV snugly between the two. The Macan S is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, achieves 348 horsepower, and can get from zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The top-tier Macan Turbo has a twin-turbo 2.-9-liter V6 under its hood that gets 434 horsepower and can get to 60 mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds with the Sport Chrono package. Porsche has given the Macan GTS the same engine as the Macan Turbo, but de-tuned it to get just 345 horsepower. It can still haul, getting off the line and to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.

2020 Porsche Macan GTSAt its back, the Macan GTS features similar features as the other Macan models, with black accents.Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

GTS stands for Gran Turismo Sport and Porsche is offering this model with the equipment to give it sporty driving dynamics but deliver a comfortable ride for the SUV's occupants. The model comes standard with an adaptive air suspension, 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels, and cast iron brakes. Buyers can choose to upgrade to a Porsche Surface Coated Brake with tungsten carbide coating or the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake.

The SUV also comes with a standard sport exhaust system that allows its twin-turbo growl to shine.

2020 Porsche Macan GTSThe interior design is similar to the other Macan models.Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Its exterior is uniquely defined with new front and rear trim and striking side skirts. The front fascia has black accents and LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System. At the back are three-dimensional lights with an LED light bar and a black diffuser. Buyers can option the headlights in black with PDLS Plus.

The SUV's interior is mostly a carryover from the Macan S. It features high-quality materials like Alcantara leather and brushed aluminum. It has sport seats that are unique to the GTS trim level and feature eight-way adjustment as well as pronounced side bolsters. Options packages add red or white stitching and additional leather surfaces, a Bose surround sound system, and wireless device charging.

2020 Porsche Macan GTSAlcantara leather feutres on the car's interior.Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Park Assist including Surround View, a heated windshield, and an ionizer are also available.

The 2020 Porsche Macan GTS is expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships this summer and feature an added $1,350 delivery charge.

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The Sport Classic comes to the U.S. for the first time next year.

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Porsche's bringing the 911 Sport Classic back to market, and it's headed to the United States for the first time. The car features distinctive styling, a rowdy twin-turbo flat-six engine, and plenty of go-fast gear from the 911 Turbo S upon which it is based. The car is scheduled for limited release late in 2022 as a 2023 model year.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe Sport Classic comes exclusively with a manual transmission and RWD.Porsche

The Sport Classic gets the Turbo S powertrain, which means a 3.7-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine producing 543 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. It's paired exclusively with a seven-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. Porsche says the combo makes the car the most powerful 911 with a manual gearbox currently on sale. The Sport Classic also gets a laundry list of parts from the Turbo S, including Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, rear-axle steering, a sport exhaust, and an active sport suspension system.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe car comes with an interior not seen since the Porsche 918 Spyder.Porsche

The car' comes with Sport Grey Metallic paint with grey accent stripes, a carbon fiber reinforced plastic hood, and unique graphics on both sides. It rides on 20-inch wheels up front and 21-inch wheels in back, which are designed as reinterpretations of the old-school Fuchs design. In back, the Sport Classic gets unique bodywork that sets it apart from the 911 Turbo, such as deleted air intakes and a large ducktail spoiler. Inside, the 911 gets open-pore wood trim and semi-aniline leather upholstery in cognac and black. Porsche says the Sport Classic is the first car to get that type of leather since the iconic 918 Spyder.

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New luxury EV

Lexus announces all-electric RZ 450e

Lexus just announced the new RZ 450e

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Lexus and Toyota have finally jumped onto the EV train, and we’ll soon see new all-electric SUVs from both. The Lexus variant, named RZ 450e, features a reasonable range, upscale interior, and neat all-wheel drive technology. We don’t have firm pricing for the Lexus, but expect it to start in the mid-to-high $40,000 range.

2023 Lexus RZRange is expected to reach 225 miles per chage. Lexus

The RZ shares a platform and much of its underlying engineering with the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra, but will take a more upscale approach. Though its size and overall shape are similar to the others, the Lexus’ exterior styling is sharper and sportier, with functional aerodynamic bodywork. A new Lexus logo is spelled out on the rear gate, instead of the traditional “L” of previous models.

The SUV comes with a 71.4-kWh battery that should deliver a range of around 225 miles on a charge. All-wheel drive is standard, and uses the RZ’s dual electric motors to shift power between the wheels that need it most.

Inside, the RZ features a minimalist, open space with controls meant to remind drivers of a horse’s reins. Ultrasuede upholstery and woodgrain trim come standard. Lexus notes the RZ’s head-up display is controllable via steering wheel-mounted buttons that handle navigation, audio, and other functions.

2023 Lexus RZThough similar to the Toyota bZ4X inside, the Lexus IS more upscale and minimalist. Lexus

Speaking of the steering wheel, the first RZs will be available with a round wheel only, but later on, Lexus will offer a yoke-style wheel like the one seen in the Toyota bZ4X concept and Tesla’s Plaid models.

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