Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ high-performance Maserati brand chose the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed as its venue of choice to introduce this: the second V8-powered model in the Maserati Levante utility vehicle range. It’s called the “Levante GTS”, and with a detuned version of the same Ferrari-assembled 3.8L V8 with twin turbochargers, in essence, it will serve as the new Levante Trofeo’s more mild-mannered counterpart.
That’s not to say that the new Maserati Levante GTS will be a slouch; according to Maserati, its peak output of 550 horsepower and Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive System are enough for a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds. That’s just 0.3 seconds behind the 590-horsepower Levante Trofeo, and 0.2 seconds slower than the lauded Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. Top speed for the newest Trident-badged utility vehicle stands at 181 mph, and as with all Maseratis, the front-to-rear weight balance is about as close to 50:50 as technically possible.
Aesthetically, the Levante GTS has a similar exterior look to the Trofeo, featuring a more aggressive front fascia and reworked rear bumper. Five different paint hues are available for the brake calipers, and 21- and 22-inch wheel options are available. Inside, the GTS flaunts standard Premium Perforated Leather seating, with Pieno Firoe natural leather available as an option; an Alcantara headliner; 14-speaker audio by Harman Kardon; and unique instrument cluster graphics.
The new, simplified shifter debuted by the Trofeo will be made standard across the Maserati lineup for 2019, meaning a more intuitive shift pattern, shorter travel, and easy, accessible manual control will grace each new Trident-badged vehicle. The transmission in the GTS is the same acclaimed eight-speed automatic from ZF.
Release date and pricing information for the all-new Maserati Levante GTS is not yet known. Stay tuned for the latest updates.