Maserati has taken the wraps off its new Levante GTS at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, slotting the new V8-powered derivative just below the flagship Levante Trofeo.
The Levante GTS employs a Maranello-assembled twin-turbo 3,8-litre V8 engine pilfered from the Quattroporte GTS, but re-engineered to better suit the SUV’s all-wheel-drive system. In the Levante GTS, this eight-cylinder engine (again mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission courtesy of ZF) generates 404 kW at 6 250 r/min and 730 N.m between 2 500 and 5 000 r/min.
The result is a 0-100 km/h sprint in a claimed 4,2 seconds (three-tenths tardier than the 440 kW Trofeo), with a top speed of 292 km/h. Maserati says the chassis has been further tuned to “effortlessly handle” the increased power of the GTS engine.
In terms of styling, Maserati has taken a similar approach to that used with the Trofeo, giving the GTS new lower front facia elements and a sportier rear bumper (although press images of this new model's rump have yet to be released). Inside, you’ll find plenty of standard leather, sport pedals and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
New 22-inch forged aluminium wheels are also optionally available for both the Levante GTS and Trofeo.
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