Hot SUV model will rival Porsche Cayenne Turbo, with same output as Quattroporte GTS
Sam Sheehan
13 February 2018

The Maserati Levante will soon be hot on the heels of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo when a GTS version launches this summer with a Ferrari V8 unit.

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.

The car will wear GTS trim inside and out, with larger wheels and more aggressive bumpers for the exterior. Spy shots show where much of the GTS's changes will be located, although camouflage prevents us from seeing details of the changes to be applied.

The interior will likely come with a higher-spec finish as standard, with a carbonfibre trim likely to signify the model’s sporting credentials. Maserati launched its latest In-Connect infotainment technology across its range last year, so this current system, which uses an 8.4in touchscreen and centre console-mounted rotary controller, is expected to be retained in the GTS.

The GTS will sit at the top of the Levante range, which currently receives power from either a 3.0-litre V6 petrol or a diesel engine of the same arrangement. The current quickest model, the V6 S GranSport, retails from £76,995, meaning the GTS could start at more than £80,000.

No official reveal date has been set, but a Maserati spokesman said the brand is due to announce forthcoming plans by June, suggesting the Levante GTS's unveiling could come before the summer months. The first examples are expected to enter showrooms in August.

Following the GTS, Maserati will bolster its Levante line-up with a hybrid variant. It will mate the V6 petrol engine to an electric motor that's shared with Chrysler's Pacifica Hybrid, its Fiat Chrysler Automobiles stablemate, to offer around 33 miles of pure-electric driving.

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18 September 2017

The Cayenne Turbo is 550hp, not 513. And it's not a Ferrari engine, is it? Really?

18 September 2017
The 3.9 v8 in the Quattroporte is a detuned version of the one in the 488, Portofino and GTC4. The 2.9 v6 90° in the Giulia and Stelvio is the same with two cylinders less. The 3.0 v6 60° in various Maserati cars has the cylinder heads of the Alfa v6 (i.e., Ferrari designed and built) bolted onto a Chrysler Pentastar cylinder block.

18 September 2017

who they are aiming these cars at. Who on earth would buy such a thing? SUVs need big, tourque-rich diesels so they can bumble around quietly with a couple of labradors in the back - which despite the vehicles overall size is usually all you can get in the back. A 500+ bhp SUV is absurd. No idea why this insane search for power and top speeds that will never be used during the lifetime of the vehicle has come to pass. Everyone raves about the performance of the Teslas but surely it would be far more sensible to extend their range? The Teslas I see are usually driving along at a snail's pace. Pity we can't remember the Champman dictate to add lightness rather than simply making bigger and heavier cars with ludicrous power outputs.

18 September 2017
This holds no interest for me, but I think you are presumptuous to assume Maserati has conceived this for the British Labrador-owning market.

Really there is no point in questioning why they make these things. They make them because they can sell them.

18 September 2017
Plus they add panache to the same model range. It's not the same to buy a 130hp car that you may think/feel is akin to a less powerful Golf R or M3 or RS4 than it is to buy a car for which 130hp is the strongest engine on offer.
Along the same lines, sales of the cooking 275hp diesel Levante will benefit from the fact that there exists a 530hp version of the same car, as opposed to 275/330hp being the strongest engine on offer.

18 September 2017

Looks like a Stelvio

18 September 2017

I think Maserati and Ferrari would both have a serious issue with it being called a Ferrari engine, whatever its background.

18 September 2017

Mercedes would probably have an issue calling the engine in the smaller A-Class a Renault-Nissan (read Dacia) engine, or the first gen V280 a VW VR6, but that's what they are. They may call the 3.0D a Maserati engine or a Jeep engine but it's still a VM engine; they may call the 3.9 a Maserati engine, it's the same one you'll find in a Ferrari called Ferrari, you may call it what you like. I'm just saying what it is.

24 September 2017
giulivo wrote:

Mercedes would probably have an issue calling the engine in the smaller A-Class a Renault-Nissan (read Dacia) engine, or the first gen V280 a VW VR6, but that's what they are. They may call the 3.0D a Maserati engine or a Jeep engine but it's still a VM engine; they may call the 3.9 a Maserati engine, it's the same one you'll find in a Ferrari called Ferrari, you may call it what you like. I'm just saying what it is.

Exactly. Needless to say that Cayennes and Macans not always get 100% "Porsche only" engines... Actually their chassis is 100% VAG too. 

21 September 2017

Yesterday my smack was gobbed !!! My first live view of the Bentley SUV. What a horrible total none event. It doesnt even deserve road space !!! Now Massa about to throw up and give us yet another road cluttering none event. Add the fight between the hateful X6 (and its varients) and the Merc copy me I am uglier than you heap and even walking down the street is going to be annoying!!

what's life without imagination

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