This is the Maserati Levante Trofeo – a new flagship performance SUV and the Italian brand’s answer to the Porsche Macan Turbo. Initially intended for the U.S. market, there are currently no plans to bring it the UK.
Revealed at the New York Motor Show, Maserati claims the Levante Trofeo is ‘the world’s fastest SUV.’ It’s powered by a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 590bhp and 730Nm of torque. Power is sent to all-four wheels through Maserati’s Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, which means a claimed 0-60mph time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed over 186mph.
New turbochargers have been fitted to increase flow, while redesigned cylinder heads with specific camshafts and values, new pistons and connecting rods help give the maximum power along with a remapping of the engine calibration. Maserati engineers have also tweaked the crankcase design, crankshaft assembly, oil pump, auxiliary belt and a different wiring layout.
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The Levante Trofeo has the same 50:50 weight balance and low centre of gravity as the standard Levante, although new retuned front double-wishbone and rear multi-link suspension have been added to improve handling. A new ‘Corsa’ driving mode with launch control has been introduced, which gives faster gearshifts, stiffer suspension and increased engine responses.
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The styling remains largely like the standard Levante, with tweaks being done mainly around the lower front end and rear bumper. Up front, the Levante Trofeo has full LED Matrix headlights while the traditional Maserati grille has been finished in piano black. The bonnet also features two new vents to help engine cooling.
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The side air intakes have also been changed to give a more aggressive design while a pair of aerodynamic wings help to push the weight of the cars nose towards the new 22-inch front wheels. The rear end looks wider and more muscular thanks to a new sharper horizontal element made from carbon fibre, new body coloured lower extractor which house quad exhausts.
Inside, the interior sees the sculpted sports seats available in new ‘Pieno Fiore’, a natural premium full-grain leather which come in black, red or tan with ‘Trofeo’ logos stitched into the headrests. New matte carbon fibre trim and paddle shifters along with specific instrument cluster graphics, floor mats and clock help identify the Levante Trofeo from the standard Levante. A 1,280-watt, 17-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium surround sound audio system also comes as standard.
The Levante Trofeo is expected to start production at Maserati’s refurbished Turin factory in summer 2018.
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