One of the most powerful and fastest production Maserati vehicles ever comes in the shape of an SUV.
Introduced at the 2018 New York Auto Show, the Maserati Levante Trofeo is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine generating 590 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque. It’s one of the most powerful engines ever fitted in a Maserati, allowing the Levante Trofeo to hit 62 mph from a standstill in 3.9 seconds. The Italian automaker also said the SUV is capable of a top speed of over 186 mph (300 km/h).
Along with the new engine, the Levante Trofeo features Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and a retuned chassis to handle the extra power. The range-topping model also features restyled front and rear bumpers and 22-inch forged aluminum “Orione” wheels, which are available in both polished and matte finishes. Helping improve airflow distribution are carbon fiber side bezel blades and a carbon fiber splitter. Even the hood is new, featuring two aggressive vents for better engine cooling.
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The interior receives a few changes as well compared to the standard Levante models. There’s premium full-grain “Pieno Forte” leather available in black, red, and tan, all with contrast stitching and the “Trofeo” logo stitched on the headrests. Rounding out the cabin are new matte carbon fiber trim and paddle shifters, specific instrument cluster graphics, floor mats with metal Trofeo badges, and a Maserati clock with a unique dial.
Production of the Maserati Levante Trofeo will kick off in Italy this summer and is initially intended for overseas export markets, including the U.S. and Canada. At its launch, there will be a special edition model, which is what is being showcased at the New York Auto Show. The Launch Edition features matte Grigio Lava paint with matte-finished 22-inch wheels and red brake calipers. It will, however, be available in eight unique exterior colors with the choice of either 21- or 22-inch wheels. It also includes black daylight openings and fog light rings, Black Chrome Maserati badges, Trofeo “Saetta” logos, along with side air vents and trunk accent in a gloss dark finish.
Look for pricing to be revealed closer to the Maserati Levante Trofeo’s launch date.
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