Recently captured spy shots of a Maserati Levante test mule further our suspicions of a Ferrari-built, 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine under the hood. This is the same V8 offered in the Quattroporte GTS, and in that application it makes a hefty 523 horsepower and 524 lb-ft of torque. If the output is kept the same or even remotely similar, it would make for the most powerful Levante yet.
Now, Evo’s spy shots don’t actually show the engine bay, but the photographer reportedly heard the “very obvious V8 burble” instead of the expected V6 engine note. This speculative claim is partially validated by the larger openings up front and, the most telling aspect, larger brake calipers.
With performance oriented SUVs taking the stage and current market trends, putting a twin turbo V8 in the Maserati Levante doesn’t seem so taboo. In fact, as Evo points out, it would make the Levante better suited to compete with vehicles such as the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, BMW X5 M, Range Rover Sport SVR, Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S. It would also give shoppers another sporty alternative to the domestic counterparts, such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and Dodge Durango SRT.
What’s more, these aren’t the first spy shots to hint at a twin-turbo V8 Levante.