Spotted winter testing in Scandinavia, the performance SUV model will inherit the twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre engine that’s currently used in the Quattroporte GTS, where it produces 523bhp and 479lb ft of torque. Like all Maserati petrol engines, it's been co-developed by Ferrari and is made at that brand's Maranello home.
The Levante GTS will be capable of sprinting from 0-62mph in around 4.5sec, ranking it alongside the 542bhp Cayenne Turbo and upcoming Range Rover Velar SVR, which is predicted to have around 542bhp as well.
Like its hot SUV rivals, the Levante GTS will get bespoke chassis settings that are more road-biased than its siblings. Expect a harder performance mode for its air suspension that will sacrifice ride comfort for enhanced body control, as well as stiffer anti-roll bars to reduce lean in the bends.