High-Performance Maserati Levante Deemed A Possibility

Maserati is open to the possibility of launching a high-performance variant of the Maserati Levante if it can make a business case for itself.

According to Maserati global operations boss Alberto Cavaggioni, who recently spoke to Autocar, such a model could use the 3.8-liter range-topping V8 of the Quattroporte with 523 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque on tap.

“For sure, we have the engine on the Quattroporte so there is potential, but it has to be justified by volumes. If you mirror what we do with the Quattroporte, we could do the same on everything we do,” he said.

If Maserati were to launch a potent new variant of the Levante, it could offer performance to rival the likes of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio as well as the larger BMW X6 M.

At this stage, however, Cavaggioni said the brand is focusing on a number of improvements for the standard model, though he did comment that they have something up their sleeve for later in the SUV’s lifecycle.

In the U.S., the Levante is available solely with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 in two states of tune. In its entry-level form, it produces 345 HP, while for the range-topper, that figure rises to 424 HP.

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  • AstonMartin

    An enhanced performance Levante with V8 engine producing 523 hp / 479 lb-ft of torque would be on my shopping list. I’m optimistic it will be offered after the Stelvio has its time in the spotlight.

  • It’d better be. If FCA want to keep the sporting image alive for Maserati, this will be an ‘acceptable’ bridge until the next sports car comes along.

    • Kamelo

      You realise you are fast approaching your 5,000th comment, Scott.

      I’m eagerly anticipating the 5,000th.

      Lets hope it aint an anti-climax.

      • I hadn’t even realised! Is it that many? I don’t even remember my first comment or what it was even about 😀

  • JackOfAllTrades

    SUVs outsell cars by a ridiculous margin. The Jaguar F-Pace sold more cars at launch than all their other vehicles in that year combined. The standard sedan/saloon is steadily being replaced by SUVs and crossovers. If Maserati wants to keep their company going that’s the direction they need to go. They’re extremely late to the game, but at least they realize in order to make money they need to produce this. Porsche picked up on this business acumen very early and it paid off. Hardliners will protest that Maserati has no business making family haulers but if you want to sell product you have to acquiesce at some point.

  • europeon

    The V8 Levante and Ghibli (along with a new 340 hp diesel engine) are already planned for 2018. It’s something they announced on their product plan, and you covered the story back in 2015.

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