2020 Porsche Macan GTS review: Emphasis on performance

The GTS looks great in Carmine Red.


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At this point, GTS in Porsche parlance should just stand for Get This Spec. The company’s GTS-badged cars strike the best balance between outright performance and daily drivability, and that’s as true in this 2020 Macan as it is in any 718, 911, Cayenne or Panamera. I’ve driven the S and I’ve driven the Turbo, but the GTS is the Macan I’d park in my garage.

Like

  • Outstanding chassis balance
  • Sports car-like steering
  • Sonorous sport exhaust
  • Robust infotainment tech

Don’t Like

  • Twin-turbo V6 lacks character
  • Gets expensive in a hurry

The GTS uses a detuned version of the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 from the Macan Turbo. Here, the engine produces 375 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque — noticeable reductions compared to the Turbo’s 434 hp and 405 lb-ft. But on the road, you’d have a hard time noticing the difference. This engine lacks visceral drama, though I think that’s less egregious when the associated output numbers are lower. The GTS at least makes up for this somewhat with a standard sport exhaust, which adds some sonority to the powertrain’s buttoned-up demeanor.

Porsche says the GTS can accelerate

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Stimulus check money: How your family may get more than a $1,200 payment

We help you calculate the maximum amount that could end up in your pocket if another stimulus payment comes your way.


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You know by now that individual Americans could receive up to $1,200 apiece with the first stimulus payment, so long as they met a set of requirements based on their income (as defined by the IRS) and other important qualifications. So what happens with a second stimulus check? As it turns out, you could be up for an even larger sum this time around… if Congress restarts talks to finalize a stimulus bill before the Nov. 3 election, or perhaps if an executive action authorizes another round of payments.

How? A shift in qualifications could mean more dependents count toward your family’s overall benefit and more dependents means a larger check. However, there are other factors involved, too, which is why we created some scenarios below that could give you an idea of how much you’d be granted in stimulus money. We also created this stimulus check calculator to help with your overall estimate.

Keep reading for more details, and if you’re one of the 9 million nonfilers who could be eligible for

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Apple focuses on COVID-19 with new oximeter, home workout experiences, and more

Tuesday’s Apple event was held virtually and featured a number of announcements focused on enhancing public health during the coronavirus pandemic.

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On Tuesday, Apple held its “Time Flies” event featuring a series of unveilings and product updates. Similar to Apple’s 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference in June, the event was also held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event featured numerous unveilings including the Apple Watch Series 6, a new iPad, and more. Apple also announced a series of features focused on enhancing public health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic.

“As with many trends, COVID-19 is pulling demand earlier for features and functions that otherwise would have taken years to embed into society,” said Ranjit Atwal, research director in Gartner’s Quantitative Innovation team.

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Earlier this month, Apple released its COVID-19 Exposure Notifications as part of the iOS 13.7 update. Once local health agencies opt-in, individuals can enable the feature in their iPhone settings, as reported by ZDNet. Tuesday, Apple also announced other new features to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

Before the event, there were rumors that the latest Apple Watch would include an oximeter to measure blood-oxygen levels.

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