World Premiere of the V8 Levante GTS
By Mark Salisbury
Friday, July 13, 2018 - 09:39
Maserati has chosen the 25th Goodwood Festival of Speed for the World Premiere of the new Levante GTS. The V8 Maserati of SUVs is the sibling version of the top-of-the line Levante Trofeo, which also makes its European debut today at one of the most prestigious automotive events in the world. The Festival of Speed, which since 1993 provides an exhilarating mix of glamorous cars and motorsport stars and is expected to attract more than 200,000 visitors over the four day event.
The Levante GTS Twin Turbo V8 maintains the V90 architecture of the 3.8-litre unit fitted in the flagship Quattroporte GTS but has been re-engineered to work with the Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System and retuned to deliver 550hp (404 kW) at 6,250 rpm and 730 Nm peak torque between 2,500 and 5,000 rpm. Like all Maserati petrol engines, this V8 is assembled by Ferrari in Maranello.
Thanks to its remarkable weight/power ratio of 3.9 kg/hp the Levante GTS takes only 4.2 seconds to reach 100 km/h, while its top speed is 292 km/h – performance figures of a modern supercar disguised in a high-end SUV body.
The rigid and perfectly balanced Levante chassis has been tuned to effortlessly handle the immense power of the GTS engine, providing a driving experience true to the “Gran Turismo” pedigree of this new V8 Maserati of SUVs.
The Levante’s unmistakable design embodied a new level of sportiness in the Trofeo version and the new GTS has adopted a similar styling theme, which focuses on the lower front fascia and the rear bumper, achieving a sporty yet sophisticated look.
Interior designers have come up with elegant ideas to create a distinctive environment within the Levante GTS cabin providing it as standard with standard Full Premium leather or full-grain Pieno Fiore natural leather as an option, sport pedals and Harman Kardon Audio system with 14 speakers.
Alongside the announcement of the V8, the Levante range now showcases new contents, such as the optional Adaptive Full LED Matrix headlights and now standard Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC), which is already available on the Ghibli and Quattroporte saloons. Rather than simply correcting vehicle instability, the IVC function helps prevent it, providing enhanced active safety, improved driving dynamics and an even more exciting performance.
Subtle upgrades and new content for both Maserati saloons and the Levante
All Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante versions have adopted the redesigned gearshift lever previously introduced in the Levante Trofeo, featuring a more intuitive shift pattern, shorter travel and improved operation. The driver now has the option to use the eight-speed ZF gearbox in automatic or manual mode simply by shifting the lever from right to left, while a new ‘P’ button effortlessly sets the transmission into park mode.
The MTC+ infotainment system on all three models has been enhanced with updated display graphics and improved climate control system ergonomics. In their sumptuous interiors, Maserati introduces for the first time the full-grain Pieno Fiore leather, which is incomparable to any other material in the automotive industry for its natural, soft feel and the unique character it attains throughout the years.
Pieno Fiore is standard in the Levante Trofeo and available as an option in all Levante, Ghibli and Quattroporte versions in three colours – black, red and tan with specific stitching on the seats and double stitching on the door panels. Maserati also offers two brand new high-gloss interior trims for the Ghibli and Quattroporte and three for the Levante.
Exterior colour ranges have also been refreshed for MY19, there is a choice of ten colours for the Quattroporte and eleven for both of the Ghibli and Levante models. Two new tri-coat colours are now available, developed to enhance the design of each, Rosso Potente and Blu Nobile.
In the wide collection of alloy wheels designed specifically for every single Maserati model, there are five brand new designs in the MY19 catalogue in 20 and 21-inch sizes, two for each of the Levante and Quattroporte models and one for the Ghibli. The 22-inch Orione forged aluminium wheel – the largest ever created by Maserati – is exclusively available for the new top-of-the-line Levante GTS and Trofeo.
As for the recently introduced Nerissimo package, it has been updated for MY19. It is now available in a wider range of new model-specific colours, combining black elements with dark LED headlights, tail lights and exhaust tips, black chrome detail finishing and new wheels with dark finish.
Maserati stand and activities at Goodwood FOS 2018
Maserati, as Automotive Partner of the Festival of Speed, makes its mark this year in several locations around the Goodwood Estate and has invited both customers and journalists to attend the thrilling event. Selected Maserati models will take on the 1.16-mile Goodwood Hillclimb, offering the experience of supercar runs to journalists, social influencers and brand partners.
The brand new Levante GTS and the Levante Trofeo, which makes its European debut at Goodwood, welcome visitors to the Maserati stand, where the GranLusso and GranSport trims take centre stage. The iconic Maserati MC12 in its racing blue livery is also on display. The thunderous V12 engine of the MC12 GT1 Centenario will come to life on the hill, taking part in the iconic Goodwood hillclimb on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The MC12 Versione Corse will also take pride of place in the Festival of Speed Silver Jubilee display.
The GranTurismo MC, GranCabrio Sport and MY19 Levante will also thrill the crowds during the Michelin Supercar Run during the event.
Besides the World Premiere of the new Levante GTS, the European debut of the Levante Trofeo and the official launch of its MY19 range, Maserati, in collaboration with renowned partners, offers an unforgettable experience of Italian style, comfort and high performance to its Goodwood guests. Moreover, at the Maserati stand Bulgari displays the Octo Retro Maserati GranLusso & GranSport watches, which feature a unique dial with retrograde minute hand and jumping hour display, genuinely resembling the instrument cluster of a modern-day Maserati