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- Nov 13, 2019
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Maserati has introduced the sporty GTS version of its flagship SUV, the Levante, at the 25th Goodwood Festival of Speed. The highlight for the GTS is the Ferrari powerplant under its hood, in the form of a twin-turbocharged V8 petrol developing 590PS of maximum power and 730Nm of peak torque.
This is not the first time that Maserati has paired the Ferrari engine in one of its cars, the same also does duty on the Quattroporte GTS albeit in a slightly less powerful tune (530PS/710Nm) and the Levante Trofeo (which also made its European debut at the Goodwood FOS). The Levante GTS is essentially the Trofeo with slightly less focus on performance, trading it for touring ability and luxury.
Maserati has paired the 3.8-litre Ferrari twin-turbo V8 with its Q4 intelligent AWD system in the Levante GTS to create an SUV which has performance figures to match a sportscar. A peaky power delivery at 6250rpm and a wave of torque between 2500-5000rpm sees the Levante GTS propelled from 0-100kmph in 4.2 seconds! Keep the throttle pinned and Maserati claims the GTS can hit a top speed of 292 kmph.
While the Levante GTS gets sporty looking additions on the outside, including the fascia and rear bumper from the Trofeo, it also features some new eye-catching premium features like the optional adaptive all-LED matrix headlamps and 22-inch forged aluminium alloy wheels. The luxury quotient really shows through on the inside where the GTS is offered with a premium all-leather upholstery and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system. A full-grain natural leather ‘Pieno Fiore’ leather interior is also available as an option.
The Levante GTS and Trofeo also introduce Maserati’s Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) stability control system to the 2019 range, a feature previously only available on the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans. Other 2019 model changes include a redesigned gearshift lever which improves its intuitiveness and a new MTC+ infotainment system with improved graphics and usability. And if you're thinking 'here's another car that'll never come to India' think again. Maserati has confirmed that the Levante GTS will be launched in India by the fourth quarter of 2018.
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