IT’S probably the most anticipated announcement of the year if you’re a Maserati fan, with confirmation the brand is about to launch the V8-powered Levante GTS and all-conquering Trofeo in Australia.
The GTS variant, which we confirmed was coming to Australia late last year, will land with a re-engineered 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 delivering 405kW of power and 730Nm of torque, with a top speed of 292km/h and a 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.2 seconds.
To be priced at $265,000 plus on-roads, the GTS features a chassis tuned for performance, with the Levante fitted with Maserati’s Q4 intelligent all-wheel drive system and a limited-slip rear diff.
Featuring elegant sport oriented styling, compared to the standard models, it also comes with optional full matrix LED headlights, and a range of exclusive interiors featuring full premium leather.
In addition, a new gearshift lever with shorter travel and improved functionality is also standard, as is integrated vehicle control for improved driving dynamics.
Its partner in crime is the stuff of legends; the 2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo. It is the brand’s pinnacle performance SUV, and is powered by a re-engineered and upgraded 3.8-litre twin turbo V8, built in partnership with Ferrari.
It has the highest outputs of an Maserati power plant ever developed, at 441kW, and punches out 730Nm of torque, with a 0-100km/h run stopping the clock at 3.9 seconds. It’s top speed is 304km/h.
The first Levante to feature full matrix LED headlights as standard, it has a chassis tuned for outstanding performance and an exhilarating driving experience, loads of carbon fibre and a sports exterior.
The Q4 intelligent all-wheel drive system is on board here too, as is the limited-slip rear diff, but you’ll also find custom 22-inch forged aluminium wheels and our favourite feature, ‘corsa’ drive mode with launch control.
That’s pretty much track mode for the uninitiated. But the Trofeo also gets integrated vehicle control, again for improved driving dynamics, and some seriously nice interior hardware, including a new shift lever with dual lane pattern.
Set to be priced at $330,000 plus on-roads, the 2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo also features sports seats and an exclusive Pieno Fiore full grain leather interior.
Full specifications and further details are available from your local Maserati dealer.