The Ferrari-assembled engine pushes out 40 less horsepower than the V8 inside the range-topping Levante Trofeo.
Only a few months after unveiling the range-topping Trofeo version of the Levante, Maserati is making the headlines once again by further diversifying the SUV’s lineup. Debuting today at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the new GTS flavor is a bit less spicy than the Trofeo, but still manages to provide “performance figures of a modern supercar disguised in a high-end SUV body. “
Using the same biturbo 3.8-liter V8 engine as the Quattroporte GTS, the new Levante GTS offers 550 horsepower (404 kilowatts) and 730 Newton-meters (538 pound-feet) of torque, which is 40 hp less than the Trofeo, but without losing any of the torque. The Ferrari-assembled engine helps the performance SUV reach 62 mph (100 kph) from a standstill in just 4.2 seconds or three tenths of a second more than the aforementioned Trofeo. Flat out, it will do 181 mph (292 kph), which is only a little bit less than the 187-mph (300-kph) flagship version celebrating its Euro debut this week at the festival.
Get to know the flagship Trofeo:
Sporty on the outside, elegant on the inside, the new Levante specification comes as standard with a full leather upholstery, but those willing to spend more can ask Maserati to wrap the seats in full-grain Pieno Fiore natural leather. Other goodies worth mentioning include the 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and sport pedals.
In related news, Maserati has updated the entire Levante range, giving the SUV a new gearshift lever inherited from the Trofeo. Shifting the lever from right to left will allow the driver to manually change gears, while the “P” button enables the parking mode. There are also optional full-LED adaptive headlights and the standard Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) able to boost the SUV’s stability at all times.
In addition, the infotainment system has been updated not only for the Levante, but also for the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans, which are available from now on with the aforementioned Pieno Fiore leather in three different colors with matching stitching. Fresh colors and alloy wheel designs round of the 2019 model year changes.
Also at Goodwood, Maserati has a few MC12 race cars on display along with the GranTurismo MC and GranCabrio Sport.