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Levante GTS — a supercar disguised in a SUV body

Staff reporter

Staff reporter

Levante GTS — a supercar disguised in a SUV body

The 25th Goodwood Festival of Speed was chosen for the world premiere of the new Maserati Levante GTS.

The V8 Maserati SUV is the sibling version of the top-of-the line Levante Trofeo, which also made its European debut on Thursday, July 12 at one of the most prestigious automotive events in the world.

The Levante GTS Twin Turbo V8 maintains the V90 architecture of the 3.8-litre unit fitted in the flagship Quattroporte GTS but has been re-engineered to work with the Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System and retuned to deliver 550hp (404 kW) at 6,250 rpm and 730 Nm peak torque between 2,500 and 5,000 rpm.

Like all Maserati petrol engines, this V8 is assembled by Ferrari in Maranello.

The Levante GTS takes only 4.2 seconds to reach 100 km/h (62mph), while its top speed is 292 km/h (181mph) – performance figures of a modern supercar disguised in a high-end SUV body.

The Levante’s design embodied a new level of sportiness in the Trofeo version and the new GTS has adopted a similar styling theme, which focuses on the lower front fascia and the rear bumper.

Alongside the announcement of the V8, the Levante range  showcases new contents, such as the optional Adaptive Full LED Matrix headlights and now standard Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC), which is already available on the Ghibli and Quattroporte saloons.

Rather than simply correcting vehicle instability, the IVC function helps prevent it, providing enhanced active safety, improved driving dynamics and a better performance.

All Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante versions in the MY19 range have adopted the redesigned gearshift lever previously introduced in the Levante Trofeo, featuring a more intuitive shift pattern, shorter travel and improved operation. The driver now has the option to use the eight-speed ZF gearbox in automatic or manual mode by shifting the lever from right to left.

The MTC+ infotainment system on all three models has been enhanced with updated display graphics and improved climate control system ergonomics.

Exterior colour ranges have also been refreshed for MY19. There is a choice of 10 colours for the Quattroporte and eleven for both of the Ghibli and Levante models.

Two new tri-coat colours are now available  — Rosso Potente and Blu Nobile.

There are five new alloy wheel designs in the MY19 catalogue in 20 and 21-inch sizes, two for each of the Levante and Quattroporte models and one for the Ghibli.

The 22-inch Orione forged aluminium wheel – the largest ever by Maserati – is exclusively available for the new top-of-the-line Levante GTS and Trofeo.

As for the recently introduced Nerissimo package, it has been updated for MY19. It is now available in a wider range of new model-specific colours, combining black elements with dark LED headlights, tail lights and exhaust tips, black chrome detail finishing and new wheels with dark finish.

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