2019 Maserati Levante GTS Debuts at Goodwood with 550 HP
As if the immensely quick, V6-powered Maserati Levante weren’t enough, the Italian engineers decided to make the luxury SUV even more powerful by equipping it with the V8 from the Quattroporte GTS.
Actually, they did more than just that: they made two. The first, the Levante Trofeo, was revealed at the New York Auto Show. The second, the Levante GTS, has finally made its debut yesterday at the annual Goodwood Festival of speed.
With the Ferrari-built 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8, the Levante GTS produces 550 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque. That’s actually 40 HP less than the Trofeo version, though the torque figure has remained the same.
Thanks to all of that power, the new Maserati can accelerate from zero to 60 MPH in a mere 4.2 seconds, and reach a top speed of 181 MPH. Yes, this SUV is already quicker than the $63,000 Toyota Supra that comes out next year.
Related: 2018 Maserati Levante overview
The Sport Skyhook adaptive damping system and air-spring suspension were also retuned to help the GTS handle its own prodigious grunt—and the extra weight of the powertrain.
Design-wise, the GTS looks quite similar to the Trofeo, though it does get uniquely designed 20-inch wheels (with 21- and 22-inch wheels available). Compared to the regular V6-powered Levante, the GTS has a larger lower air dam and special black-out grille trim.
Inside, everything is leather. The door panels, armrests, door panels, and sport seats are covered in black, beige, tan, or red hides. Full-grain Pieno Fiore leather is optional along with microsuede headliner and contrast stitching. And about everything that isn’t leather is instead carbon fiber, including the shift paddles.
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