The Maserati Levante debuted with a choice of two powertrains: a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 diesel, or a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 petrol. We’ve since learned that a plug-in hybrid Levante may soon join the lineup, and according to Maserati, perhaps a V8 as well.
Speaking to Drive.com.au, Maserati product manager Enrico Billi said the Levante could already fit their 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine under its hood. That doesn’t necessarily mean the automaker is going to go through with it, but if they did, the Levante V8 would have shortage of competition between the BMW X5M, Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Mercedes GLE63.
“The car, from a technical point-of-view, is ready to accept the V8,” Billi told Drive. “The V8 all-wheel drive is feasible on the Levante so we are discussing it,”
Currently, the most powerful Levante on offer is the Levante S, which delivers 430 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. If the Levante were to adopt the Quattroporte GTS’ V8, it seems likely it would also adopt ‘GTS’ performance badge along with more aggressive exterior touches and sportier interior amenities.