New York unveils the 2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo

IBexclusive News Thursday, March 29, 2018.

As if the world needs a 590 horsepower SUV.

Well, some of us do. Possibly those who own chalets, or coastal “houses,” and a few Mediterranean villas. Boat people and millionaires – those folks might be in the market for a super-duper Maserati.

(IBEXNews) - For the unwashed rest of us, the debut of the trim-topping Maserati Levante Trofeo at the 2018 New York International Auto Show is a point and dream event, a chance to gawk at the idea of all those beautiful horses, all that lovely matte paint, and a torque rating of 538 lb.-ft.

It almost goes without saying that, according to Maserati, the Levante Trofeo is one of their fastest production vehicles ever. It’s a feat accomplished through the use of the automaker’s 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine currently used in the Quattroporte GTS and all-wheel-drive system, along with the new Corsa driving mode with Launch Control functionality.

The Corsa mode is in addition to the existing Normal, I.C.E. (Increased Control and Efficiency), Sport and Off-Road modes, and has been adopted to enhance the athletic character of the ultimate Maserati SUV. Corsa improves engine response and opens exhaust valves in acceleration, provides quicker gear shifting, lowered ride height and optimized all-wheel-drive settings.

The Levante Trofeo also gets the Maserati Integrated Vehicle Control system, which is a first, and means that the SUV will respond faster to vehicle inputs to improve stability and driving dynamics.

All that technology and workmanship delivers 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of 187 mph.

“In the case of Trofeo, the engineers and designers in Modena knew that the driveline parameters were more than able to cope with additional power and they also knew that Maserati had access to the finest engines on earth,” said Tim Kuniskis, Maserati CEO. “So, they were up to the challenge of making the finest luxury SUV also one of the fastest.”

Appearances go along for the ride. As the top-of-the-line Levante, the SUV comes with 22-inch aluminum wheels, LED headlights, side bezel blades and a splitter. The front grille is finished in piano black.

A special launch edition will also be available in limited numbers to Maserati customers in the U.S. and Canada. This includes matte paint, matte-finished wheels, and red brake calipers.

The production of the Levante Trofeo starts this summer in Italy. Pricing was not announced.


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