German tuner Novitec has created ‘Esteso’, its own version of a wide body Maserati Levante. Along with the styling kit, performance upgrades for all engine variants are also available.
The styling upgrade begins with 22-inch wheels which can be had in matte black or black with polished surfaces. These wheels wear 295/30 at the front and even mightier 335/25 tires on the rear axle, and they make full use of the space created by the fender flares.
Novitec says the bodywork components are manufactured in OEM quality from PUR-Rim. The arched fender flares on front and rear axle add 10 centimeters to the width of the Levante at the front and 12 centimeters at the rear, resulting in a new width of 2.09 meters. The kit also includes extension components that mold the flares to the production front and rear bumpers.
The two bumpers also receive aerodynamic-enhancement components. Novitec says both the front extension component and the spoiler blade attached below it were fine-tuned in the wind tunnel and consequently reduce lift on the front axle at high speeds. The naked carbon hood scoop is optional.
The rear-end sports an extension component, which is integrated into the production bumper. On the side, there are rocker panels which gives the Levante a lower and sleeker visual stance. They are intended to create an aerodynamically optimized transition between the wheel arches.
The package includes a standard air suspension which comes with Novitec control module. It lowers the ride height of the SUV by about 25 millimeters.
The power output of the 6-cylinder turbo diesel engine jumps from standard 202 kW / 275 hp to 237 kW / 322 hp at 3,800 rpm. Peak torque grows to 680 Nm at 2,200 rpm. As a result, the tuned Levante does 0 to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds. For the Italian market, which ex-factory produces an output of 184 kW / 250 hp, Novitec offers tuning to 221 kW / 301 hp and 680 Nm.
For even more driving fun with the diesel models, Novitec offers a module for the standard electronic Active Sound System of the exhaust. The control unit generates a more powerful engine sound for the V6 turbo diesel when ‘Sport’ mode is selected in the cockpit.
The powerful Levante S gets a tuning of 363 kW / 494 hp @ 5,300 rpm and a peak torque of 660 Nm @ 1,700 – 4,900 rpm.
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