STARTECH revealed that it has come up with styling program for the Maserati Levante. Owned by BRABUS, STARTECH is an aftermarket tuning company and under this program, it has made some interesting modifications to Maserati’s all-wheel drive unit, which was mainly designed to be driven on the road.
Changes include both bumpers, in the front and the rear, having new attachments that were made using the highly advanced CAD technology. With many of the company’s components utilizing the same mounting technology, it made it possible to replace the bumpers’ lower sections with parts that are easy to install.
On the front section, the addition of a spoiler helps the Levante have a more unique profile. Then there is the wing profile that has been integrated to it. While this does help with the overall look, this component also enhances the aerodynamics.
Specifically, it helps lower the lift experienced on the front axle. STARTECH was able to do this by shaping it with the use of the wind tunnel thereby optimizing it. As such it provides better handling stability especially when running at high speeds. In addition, it also conforms with the EU guidelines as it relates to protecting pedestrians.
This same theme can be seen on the rear as well especially with how the bumper’s attachment has been designed. It manages to complement the standard four tailpipes the tuning company is known for. These are then combined with the exhaust system coming from either of the Levante’s engines. The company did reveal though that for the twin-turbo gas-powered V6 engine, it will be offering a sport exhaust with an exhaust flap that is actively controlled.
Speaking of engines, STARTECH said that it is planning to upgrade the performance of the twin-turbo gas-powered V6 engine and the turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine.
The interior has also experienced some new additions like the scuff plates that are now backlit with the tuning company’s logo. Then there are the aluminum pedals as well as the footrest. When it comes to the cockpit, STARTECH wanted the appearance to be closer to motor racing given the use of carbon parts. The company also wanted to highlight the character of the model.
Thus, the interior designers managed to come up with customized carbon elements not only for the dashboard but also for the center console as well as the door panels. To give it a more personal touch, the wood trims are available in whatever color the customer wants. Customers can even choose the grain and the surface finish.
Having said that, STARTECH confirmed that it will still be accepting any special requests from customers when it comes to interior appointments. The work will then be completed at their very own upholstery shop which will use the finest Alcantara and leather in any color or layout.
STARTECH said that it will be showing a preview of this version during the 2017 Geneva Auto Show.