Went with the S...
Perhaps some understanding on why someone might want a base model? (Spoiler: I ended up ordering a Macan S with all performance options -- essentially a GTS without the body trim kit.)
I have never been a luxury or "sports car" driver -- historically had things like Nissan NX2000, Nissan Maxima, Jetta TDI, Nissan mini-van (gasp!), Honda Pilot, the new Mazda 6, etc. I've always liked the SUV concept, but once kids were grown & out, I didn't need the "big" 8-seat Honda pilot, so a friend recommended trying the new Mazda 6 GT. It was a REALLY fun car to drive, and got ~35mpg combined! However, I do outdoor activities, and wanted a bit more ground clearance and SUV-like character. Fast-forward: wife got an entry-level M-B (GLA250 Sport), and I was SO impressed with the stability, performance, robust-build character, and fit/finish. So, I started looking at the M-B GLC SUV, GLE Coupe, and (soon-to-be-released) GLC Coupe. They seemed like a good compromise with quality, performance, ground clearance, and the "don't need a full boxy SUV" character. I researched others (Lexus, Acura, Infinity, BMW, etc.), but was not happy with the lack of customization options, and by divine intervention (kidding), came across the Macan!
After the config website giving me nothing but fits & frustration, I stopped by the dealer. My going in thought was: base model will be great and better on MPG. I drove it, and it was very nice compared to anything I've owned. However, the sales rep (by divine intervention again?) said I should drive the S, just to compare. Oh my, what a difference on fun-to-drive-factor! On the base, I could hammer the throttle and hold it to the floor; on the S, I hammered it then immediately backed off with a "what the heck just happened" reaction to the unleashed power. I did some homework, compared price & equip differences, and decided the S would leave no regrets. I also looked into the GTS, but decided I'm okay with the body style of the S, the slightly less HP, and can live with silver brake calipers. I ended up loading out the S with the same GTS performance options and it comes in ~3k less than the GTS. (I also did some negotiating at the dealer, using USAA True-Car pricing, and got ~$3.1k off MSRP, for a custom factory order!)
The MPG is perhaps a concern, as I plan to use daily; however, I think this vehicle will be a dream to drive, and when I watch videos of folks reviewing and having fun in the car, they all smile, and the exhaust notes make me giggle like a kid. :-)
2017 Macan S: Rhodium Silver | Black & Garnet Red Leather | 20" Sport Design Wheels | Sport+ Chrono | Porsche Torque Vector+ | Porsche Active Suspension Mgmt Air | Sport Exhaust in Silver | Premium Pkg+ | LED Headlights | 18-way Seats | Adaptive Cruise Ctrl & Porsche Active Safe | Park Assist Surround-View | Lane-Keep Assist & Lane-Chg Assist | Porsche Connect (CarPlay) | Black Roof-Rails | Black Logos | Black Door Handles | Black Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Crossbars