Maserati recently unveiled the most powerful version of the Levante SUV to the public. The Levante Trofeo’s debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show was celebrated for its massive V8 engine, which they claim has the highest output per liter of any Maserati powerplant ever made.
The automaker refers to a 3.8 liter biturbo motor that generates 590 horsepower (440 kilowatts) at 6,250 rpm and 538 pound feet (730 Newton metres) of peak torque between 2,250 and 5,000 rpm. This is equivalent to 156 horsepower / 116 kilowatts per liter. The engine, which was built by Ferrari in Maranello, makes sure that the Italian SUV can accelerate from zero to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) in only 3.9 seconds. It can then carry on with a top speed of over 186 miles per hour (300 kilometers per hour).
It is not just the new engine that this high performance SUV can boast about. It also gets a specially tuned sports suspension that is said to provide driving experience with no compromise in terms of comfort. This is all thanks to its perfect 50:50 weight balance and its low center of gravity.
When looking at it on the outside, the front bit of the SUV benefits from a new bumper splitter as well as a radiator grille with double vertical bars coated in piano black. Meanwhile, the vehicle’s rear end gets a new diffuser with integrated oval exhaust tips in a dark finish. There will also be a set of 22 inch forged aluminum wheels that can be had in either a polished or a matte finish. These are so far the largest wheels that will be fitted on a Maserati, ever. There will also be performance painted brake calipers in red, blue, black, silver, or yellow.
When we enter the cabin of the Maserati Levante Trofeo, you will be greeted by sport bucket seats that have been covered by natural leather and contrasting stitching that will depend on the colour you pick. Some of the equipment will be limited to the car’s particular model, which includes matte carbon fiber trim and paddle shifters, new floor mats with metal Trofeo badges and a unique Maserati clock. Standard features that come with this include a 1,280 watt 17 speaker Bowers and Wilkins premium audio system.
Right now, the limited edition Levante Trofeo launch edition is currently being displayed at New York. It is finished in Grigio Lava in matte, with 22 inch wheels and red brake calipers. This was made only for a certain market in the United States and Canada. As for production, it will begin this summer and will be located at the company’s plant in Mirafiori, Italy.