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New Maserati Levante GTS stands behind Trofeo

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Literal or otherwise, the new Maserati Levante GTS will always stand behind the Trofeo, meaning the Levante Trofeo (dark grey) is still the top-of-the-line Levante.

The Levante GTS made its world premiere at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and is for those who want more than the V6 Levante but not too much either. Its 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 produces 550 hp @ 6,250 rpm and 730 Nm of torque @ 2,500 – 5,000 rpm, 40 hp less than the Trofeo.

Not just that, the 0-100 km/h sprint takes 4.2 seconds – 0.3 seconds slower than the Trofeo, and top speed is 290 km/h while the Trofeo can do 300+.

Maserati-Levante-TrofeoMaserati Levante Trofeo made its European debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Rest of the stuff is pretty much the same as the Trofeo. Transmission is a ZF 8-speed automatic, sending power to the all four wheels via Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive with rear Limited-Slip Differential.

In normal driving conditions, the Q4 distributes 100% of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels. On slippery or loose road surfaces, or in the event of loss of traction at the rear, the system can alter the front/rear torque split from 0:100% to 50:50% in a matter of 150 milliseconds.

Suspension is double-wishbone at front and multi-link at the rear with adjustable air springs. The Maserati Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) system comes as standard. The IVC has been incorporated in the ESP control and according to the company, the system predicts driving situations and adapts the engine speed and brakes accordingly, providing impressive driving dynamics, better performance and improved active safety.

The Levante GTS rides on 20-inch aluminium alloy wheels as standard, while up to 22-inch forged wheels are available as an option. Full Matrix LED headlights are also available as an option.

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Interiors get heated and ventilated sports seats, heated sports steering wheel, aluminium paddle shifters, Alcantara headlining, 14-speaker Harman Kardon Premium Sound System, 8.4-inch Maserati Touch Control Plus (MTC+) with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and some tastefully applied carbon fibre accents.

The redesigned instrument cluster graphics resemble a chronograph dial and are inspired by the Maserati racing heritage.

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