Since Maserati shocked the world by introducing a high-end sports utility vehicle (SUV), the Levante, it has worked diligently to continue pushing its boundaries in terms of performance and luxury.
Today, the manufacturer offers several different versions of the Levante, including the ultimate Levante Trofeo, which remains one of the highest performing luxury SUVs ever brought to the market. The Levante perfectly encapsulates what sets Maserati apart from its competitors, from small design details to engines that produce a visceral driving experience. However, the Levante also embraces the true spirit of an SUV and offers the utility and practicality that people expect from one.
Maserati brought the Levante to the market two years ago. This first luxury SUV from the manufacturer is built on a platform also used by the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans, although the Levante breaks markedly from these vehicles in terms of overall design and capability. In 2019, Maserati introduced a turbocharged V8 for the Levante, in addition to the turbocharged V6 available on older models. The additional power translates beautifully to the road with standard all-wheel drive across all Levante models. Currently, Maserati offers eight trims with four output levels across the two different engines, meaning customers can find the combination that truly speaks to them.
The Sheer Power behind the Many Different Levante Options
Whichever model the buyer chooses, the raw power of the Levante’s engine is palpable. The V6 generates 424 horsepower and takes drivers from 0 to 60 mph in a matter of five seconds. The V8 option shaves a whole second off this process in the GTS model, which comes in at 550 horsepower. The Trofeo, which produces 590 horsepower, accomplishes the feat in 3.7 seconds, an incredible experience in such a large vehicle. Moreover, drivers can customize the experience even further by choosing different driving modes. The Sport mode makes the engine operate a little smoother to accommodate drivers who demand more from their vehicles, and the Trofeo offers the Corsa driving mode to optimize performance even further. In addition, the Trofeo reaches a top speed of 189 miles per hour.
Maserati fans may note that the 2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo is actually the most powerful vehicle currently manufactured by the company. The runners-up, the GranTurismo and Quattroporte GTS, fall behind by a fair margin. Actually, the Levante Trofeo has only been bested by one other Maserati vehicle: the V12 MC12 Versione Corse. The Trofeo’s 3.8-liter, twin-turbo engine is built by Ferrari. It features many of the design elements of that maker’s own engines, with the exception of a wet sump oiling system and a cross-plane crankshaft.