A high-performance version of the Maserati Levante SUV with over 500 horsepower could be on the cards, the automaker has revealed.
The most potent version of Maserati’s SUV currently offered is the Levante S, which delivers 430 horsepower and 427 lb-ft of torque from its twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. Maserati offers a 3.9-litre V8 engine with 523 horsepower and 479 lb-ft in the Quattroporte sedan and says the engine would easily fit under the hood of the Levante.
“For sure, we have the engine on the Quattroporte so there is potential, but it has to be justified by volumes,” Maserati’s head of global operations, Alberto Cavaggioni, told Autocar in an interview.
”If you mirror what we do with the Quattroporte, we could do the same on everything we do.”
Maserati is cautions to offer a performance variant of the Levante due to the slow sales of similar products such as the BMW X5M and Mercedes ML63 AMG, Cavaggioni said. The automaker is anticipating big sales numbers for the Levante, however, so it seems inevitable multiple model variants will eventually be rolled out.
In addition to a performance model, a hybrid version of the Levante is also expected to arrive.