I drove a base model Macan through an entire Colorado winter of snowstorms and heavy ice. PTV isn't a must, but if you select "Off Road" you find your slick performance goes up when navigating snow and ice.
Well, bear in mind that my answers below are based on discussion with my SA and my own reading on this forum and elsewhere.
Sport+ is not novelty. I use it all the time when on a highway around here. I would not use for long drives but I definitely use it almost everyday. It gives a boost when passing other cars and I would definitely have it again. BTW, this one is an easy addition anytime so you don't need to order with the car.@Canuck - my SA doesn’t think I’ll notice the benefits of PTV+ if the purpose is winter driving and I have dedicated snow tires. I’m encouraged by Haka Rs being available for the Macan as they are my favourite winter tire manufacturer and have had them on other vehicles. I’m still torn on it, particularly after reading posts like @fooits!
As for the SC - there is some convenience associated with the dial and simple switch between driving modes. My wife probably won’t ever use Sport+ and I might just for the novelty. The real benefit, says my SA, is for resale... people looking older GTS’, he says, are of the demographic that would look for SC... who knows...
You are right - privacy glass is standard. The noise dampening is the biggest draw, but not at the expense of cell reception. SA says he hasn’t had reports of worse cell reception, but several people here have. I am leaning towards not adding this feature unless I get fully satisfied that it doesn’t create a cell reception issue.
I’m leaning towards adding SC and am on the fence on PTV+ and going the other way on the glass option.
Everything else that I’m not sure about on the build is aesthetics. SA is emailing me the “protection plan” options, which include the tires ... so depending on the cost of that plan and coverage, just might stick with the night blue wheels... otherwise will default to the black Spyder... that really just leaves the headrest (GTS stitch or embossed logo); this one is for my better half to decide!
I have a Macan S with this interior. Looks amazing but it’s only 3 months old. So I don’t know how it will hold up over time.Hello - first time poster here.
Putting together a GTS build for daily use in Southern Ontario, Canada... will have dedicated winters and summers, but key facts are:
1) 75% highway driving and 25% around town (suburbs) - very little urban/city driving
2) Being in Ontario, Canada - sun, snow, rain, slush, wind, etc.,
3) Primary driver is my wife who uses the radio only a little and her phone (via bluetooth or carplay) a lot (note: definitions of a lot may vary, coming from a guy who might max out on 6-7 minutes for any given phone call)
4) My wife liked the Macan S, but found it was missing any real pull ... needs a little more oomph (hence the GTS)
The build we've put together is something along the lines of:
I do have some specific questions. I will say that I've spent a bit of time on the forums (which are incredibly helpful) and I've either found conflicting messages on some of these questions or the posts are 3-4 years old so maybe looking for a refresh/confirmation of what was said.
Question 1 - Thermal/Noise Insulating Glass
I think my wife would appreciate the noise dampening features, particularly as a heavy phone user etc., However, I've read some people report that this glass reduces or cuts their cell reception. Any degradation in reception will quickly outweigh the benefits of the noise dampening... so, if true, this option would defeat the purpose in this case. Is the jury still out on whether the thermal/noise-insulating glass reduces or cuts reception? Also, she uses a toll road and transponder - similar reports on transponder signals and the need to install it in the "sweet spot" of the windshield, which I know she'd hate (aesthetically)... anyone with real-world experience?
Generally uses iPhone. Entire network is LTE. Pretty good reception to begin with, but her "normal" routes do involve some valleys etc., where weaker.
Question 2 - PTV+
This vehicle will never hit a track and the hardest cornering it will do at speed is likely the odd short-radius highway on-ramp. That said, the vehicle will be driven in the winter and in some challenging conditions... will PTV+ (or some elements of it) assist with cornering and holding lines etc., in snowy/slushy/harsh conditions? Trying to assess whether we should consider it for this reason possibly?
Question 3 - Sport Chrono
I apologize in advance to the Porsche engineers who have added launch control and the different engine mapping and suspension settings for the Sport+ option. While I might use it from time to time, I doubt my wife ever will. However, the Sport Chrono does offer the dial on the steering wheel with a completely programmable individual option, correct? Does that mean that we could set the custom individual setting to include all the cushiest, most comfortable settings? My wife would likely use the GTS in Sport from time to time and in "normal", mostly, but there could be advantages in having the dial to set everything to the most comfortable mode possible.
Two questions: (1) am I right on being able to set it up this way so that switching to complete comfort is the simple turn of a dial, instead of a bunch of button pushing?, and (2) will the forum forgive me and still let me post in the future if we go the route of adding the Sport Chrono package just for this reason?
Question 4 - Agate/Pebble Interior
Does anyone have experience with the Pebble Gray leather. The biggest issue I see with it is the dye from dark blue jeans leaching onto the seats over time. I have no problem cleaning and conditioning the seats regularly (I do this with my own car, but I have a dark tan leather so it is less obvious).
The advisor has suggested we spring for the seat centers in the darker Agate leather, but I can't get my head around this being a $2k option. Besides, we're not totally crazy about the look (we've only seen a rendering, not the real thing) and think it makes the interior look a little sportier than my wife would like. For that price, we could also get the entire vehicle (inside and out) coated with ceramic. Any thoughts on this one?
Question 5 - Load Management
I see a lot of references in the forums to the excellent load management system option, but can't find the original threads telling me why. Is this really the case (like the trailer hitch, which I've added, because of peoples' experience that it is a $2,000+ option after-the-fact for only $700 by the factory) or is it a forum inside joke?
If you do look at our build, you'll notice that we went with the 20" turbo rims painted in exterior colour. My wife isn't ready for black rims (although I kind of like the Black 20" spyder) and I tend to agree with her that silver rims just seem boring. What do you guys think about the 20" rims in blue? The dealer has never ordered a set of blue rims; the advisor is quite excited about the prospect and thinks they'll be great. I have no idea.
As with other builds - all comments welcome, not just on the questions we have!