Step aside, Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio; Maserati’s other sporty Italian brand – Maserati – just unveiled a high-performance crossover that puts the “super” in “superfluous”. It’s called the “Maserati Levante Trofeo”, and it delivers a characteristically Maserati level of performance with a 590-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V8 engine.
Granted, the new Maserati Levante Trofeo doesn’t necessarily have being the quickest, fastest, most track-capable crossover as its primary aim; brand head Tim Kuniskis made clear at the model’s introduction that Maserati won’t sacrifice luxury for all-out performance, and you’ll never catch the brand boasting about the Levante Trofeo’s lateral acceleration. But blending luxury and performance, Kuniskis says, is integral to Maserati’s DNA, and in that way, the Maserati Levante Trofeo is a “natural extension of Maserati’s defining brand principles.”
In 1963, the Italian marque “had the audacity to shoehorn a racing V8 into a handcrafted sedan,” the Head of Maserati said, referring to the original Quattroporte. The Maserati Levante Trofeo is the same sort of machine, he suggested.
The new Trofeo model’s pièce de résistance is a 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 handbuilt by Ferrari that produces up to 590 horsepower and about 540 lb-ft of torque from 2,250 to 5,000 rpm, sounding rather like a snarling beast in the process. The result is a 3.9-second 0-to-60-mph time – the same as its brother-from-another-maker, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio – and a blistering 187-mph top speed. Further helping matters, Maserati says, are the best aerodynamics in the class.
The Levante Trofeo’s 3.8L V8 is, rather needless to say, a member of the same engine family to which the 488 GTB‘s 3.9L belongs. A twin-turbo V8 of equal displacement powers the Maserati Quattroporte GTS.
Also on the new Levante Trofeo is a new “Corsa” driving mode, which tailors the engine, exhaust, transmission, and stability control tuning to suit high-performance driving, and boasts a Launch Control feature.
Aesthetically, the new Levante is mostly defined by a sporty front splitter, side skirts, and rear bumper, along with new, 22-inch alloy “Orione” wheels – the largest ever fitted to a Maserati. The crossover features Full Matrix LED headlights, body-color door handles, oval exhaust tips, and painted exhaust tips available in red, blue, black, silver, or yellow. Pop the hood, and you’ll be greeted by a high-gloss carbon-fiber engine cover with a V8 inscription and trident logo. The cylinder heads and intake manifolds are painted red – the official color of passion.
Inside, sculpted sport seats wrapped in soft “Pieno Fiore” natural leather are available in black, red, or tan, and feature stitched Trofeo logos and distinctive contrast stitching. The full-grain leather develops a unique character with time, Maserati says.
The Maserati Levante Trofeo is “proof that when you play with the elements you end up in a storm,” Maserati’s brand head says. The new high-performance crossover “carries the absolute spirit of an absolutely spirited brand.”