Maserati unveiled a seriously powerful SUV at the New York International Auto Show.
Watch out, Lamborghini. Maserati is here with an extreme SUV that might just steal some of the Urus’ thunder. It’s called the Levante Trofeo, and it’s like a regular Levante only with way more power than a crossover could ever need.
The regular Levante comes with a 3.0-L twin-turbo V6 engine that on the more powerful trim offers up 430 hp. That’s a lot, but Maserati went back to the drawing board and said to their designers “we can do better”. And so they did on the Trofeo.
The Levante Trofeo has the most powerful engine Maserati has fielded in terms of hp per liter. A 3.8-L twin-turbo V8 engine pumping out 590 hp and 538.4 lb-ft torque. Zero to sixty is accomplished in less than 3.9 seconds while on its way to a top speed of over 186 miles per hour.
To keep all that power steady, Maserati provides the Trofeo with Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and selectable drive modes allowing the driver to choose from normal driving mode to off-road driving mode, as well as the new Corsa drive mode. As the name suggests, Corsa gets the Trofeo ready for the track by lowering the car, stiffening the shocks, and making the gears shift faster than ever.
Besides what’s beneath the hood, there’s a few other cosmetic details that differentiate the Trofeo from a regular Levante. The front fascia has been completely redesigned with larger air intakes, a bigger grille, and venting on the hood. It comes with 22-inch forged aluminum wheels, carbon fiber accents, and new LED headlights.
The version of the Trofeo unleashed at the New York Auto Show is said to be the Launch Edition of the Trofeo, a limited-run production model that comes with some exclusive features. The matte grey paint job was on display, but Maserati says a number of exclusive colors will be available for select enthusiasts in US and Canada. The brake calipers will be painted red, and the interior comes with black leather and contrasting blue or yellow stitching.
There will also be a numbered black chrome badge to let you know where you come in the Maserati pecking order.
Pricing hasn’t been announced, but considering the original Levante started at just under $80,000, expect the Trofeo to be somewhat more.