If there are two words with which Maserati are usually associated, they are style and speed. The Americans are also known for their love of speed and that is why it made perfect sense for the Italian car manufacturer to introduce their new Levante Trofeo super SUV for the first time at the New York International Auto Show. Here is a closer look at the Maserati Levante Trofeo.
Previously, it was thought that this car was a Levante GTS, but this car does not have a V-6 between its fenders. Instead, it boasts a Ferrari-built V-8 engine that packs the car with power. This 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged engine can produce the most power of any engine Maserati has ever used in its cars as it has 538 pound-feet of torque and 590 horsepower. Tim Kuniskis, the CEO of Maserati, has said that the engine is the finest on earth. It is also an all-wheel-drive system, so the power is equally distributed to each corner of the vehicle.
This power also translates into speed because if you have a long enough track, the Levante Trofeo super SUV can achieve 60 miles per hour in just 3.7 seconds and can reach a top speed of 187 miles per hour. This makes it one of the fastest SUVs in the world. Taking this into account, it is little wonder that Maserati was keen to show off this car to the American market at the New York International Auto Show.
To show how good this car really is, you need to make a direct comparison of it against the standard Levante and the Levante S. Although these cars are great, they are nothing in comparison to this new model. For a start, they both have a turbocharged v-6 3.0-liter engine. The standard Levante has the capacity to produce 345 horsepower while the Levante S has 424 horsepower.
The larger engine is not the only improvement or modification that Maserati has made when they designed the Levante Trofeo. Externally, the tweaks they have made are evident from the front of the car to the rear. They have modified the bumpers and the fascias at both the front and the rear of the car. They have then repositioned the lower body-color extractor, so it is closer to the exhaust tips and used carbon fiber for the serve splitter duty at the front and the side bezels.
Just like the V-6 equipped versions, the new car has a 50:50 weight distribution and this means that the V-8 version has an added driving mode of which it can take advantage. It still retains the off-road, sport, ICE, and normal driving mode, but also boasts Corsa. The latter gives you the AWD system, increased suspension dampening, quicker gear shifts, a lower ride height, and improved engine responsiveness. Maserati has also retuned the chassis of the Levante Trofeo.
Some of the cars main competitors that have similar power and speed and are aimed at the same target market include the Range Rover Sport SVR, the Lamborghini Urus, the Bentley Bentayga, and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. Maserati have ensured that the Levante Trofeo can stand up against these competitors in terms of its design, its performance capabilities, and its ride experience.
The interior of the car has also experienced some updates. It is fitted with a Trofeo branded trim and will feature a Bowers & Wilkins stereo system that is powered by 1,280 watts and boasts 17 speakers.
When Maserati launches the Levante Trofeo, they are also introducing the ‘Launch Edition’, which is a special limited-edition version of the car. Maserati has not yet clarified how many of this car they are planning to produce or what the cost will be for potential buyers. However, they have revealed that is will feature Grigio Lava paintwork, red brake calipers, and 22-inch wheels with a matte finish. If the customer wishes, the Launch Edition will also contain some special features. Upon request, Maserati will add a specialized bade along with the customer’s name.
If a driver wants a badass car that can truly deliver power and speed, then that is what you can expect from the V-8 Maserati Levante Trofeo. This SUV will be available exclusively to the United States and Canadian market and production of the cars will begin in summer 2018.