Maserati has launched two new Levante models for 2020, and they may be the best yet.
The ultra-sporty, incredibly luxe brand offers the entry-level Maserati Levante GTS and the top-of-the-line Maserati Levante Trofeo.
Debuted in the picturesque streets of Italy, the highly anticipated range is making its way to Australia.
“These changes to the Levante range represent not just a change in price, but additional features and equipment that enhance the exclusivity and personalisation of Maserati’s unique SUV,” Maserati Australia, New Zealand and South Africa COO Glen Sealey says. “If the equipment offered by key rivals is matched against Levante, its value for money becomes even more self-evident and that is before the Levante’s exclusivity and unique Italian style and craftsmanship are taken into account.”
Maserati Levante Trofeo
Boasting a remarkable weight/power ratio of 3.6kg/hp, a Maserati engine with highest specific output ever and a top speed of 304km/h, the Levante Trofeo is a force to be reckoned with.
It comes three years after the official launch of the Levante SUV and is the first Levante built around a V8 engine – making it one of the fastest SUVs ever made and the most powerful V8 in Trident history.
After two years of testing in all road and weather conditions across the globe, it proved itself as the ultimate SUV.
Rocketing to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds, the Levante is described as a supercar disguised as a high-end SUV.
Featuring a new shift lever with dual lane pattern, new Corsa driving mode with launch control, new carbon fibre cues and 22-inch forged aluminum wheels, it is the first Levante with full Matrix LED headlights.
Meticulously tuned to handle the higher power output, the chassis provides an exhilarating driving experience without compromising long-distance comfort or safety.
Maserati Levante GTS
Although slightly slower than the Trofeo, with a top speed of 292km/h the Levante GTS is powerful in its own right.
The elegant, sport-orientated model is tuned for outstanding performance, exhilarating driving experience and ultimate road handling.
Going from 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds means the Levante GTS is fitted with the same engine as the Levante Trofeo – one of the most powerful 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engines ever fitted in a Maserati. Developed by Maserati Powertrain in cooperation with Ferrari, the petrol engine is an upgraded version of the power unit of the flagship Quattroporte GTS.
The new model has been put through extreme conditions, from climates ranging from -35 degrees Centigrade to over 40 degrees Centigrade and roads covered in ice or running through a desert.
While the new range will be released in 2020, it all began in 2016 well before the official launch of the SUV model where engineers built a V8 prototype at Maserati HQ to test the performance limits of the Levante platform – and it’s truly exceptional.