Maserati Levante GTS Spied Testing Its V8 Engine in the Cold
Maserati is bolstering the Levante lineup with the addition of a V8-powered GTS model.
The Maserati Levante hasn’t exactly caught on in the marketplace as well as the Italian automaker would like. But it’s hoping that will change with the Levante GTS, powered by an upgraded V8 engine borrowed from the Quattroporte GTS. Expect the 3.8-liter V8 engine designed by Ferrari to provide around 570 horsepower and 515 pound-feet of torque, making it a strong competitor to the Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
Power will be sent to all four wheels through a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.
Ultimately, the Levante GTS will be even less off-road friendly than other models in the lineup, but that’s probably not an issue since most Levante owners aren’t taking their SUVs off-roading.
Although the Maserati Levante GTS is expected to make its debut in the first half of 2018, the automaker may wait until the revamped Levante is unveiled in the second half of 2018. The SUV is getting an early mid-cycle facelift before the end of the year.
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Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.
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