Scoop: Maserati Levante GTS V8 Looks Ready To Take On Porsche, Lamborghini Et Al

It hasn’t even been two years since Maserati unveiled the Levante at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. But a lot’s happened to the exotic SUV market since then.

Lamborghini’s introduced the Urus, Porsche’s rolled out a new Cayenne, and Maserati’s own sister brand Alfa Romeo has joined in on the action with the Stelvio. All the while the Bentley Bentayga and Jaguar F-Pace keep dicing it with the latest from the likes of Mercedes, BMW, and Audi for their share of a growing marketplace.

Maserati’s not prepared to just give up, though. On the contrary: it has an even more potent and capable version of the Levante in the works, and here’s our best look at it yet.

Anticipated to carry the GTS designation, the ultimate version of the Trident marque’s crossover is tipped to pack a V8 engine. The smart money’s on the 3.8-liter twin-turbo unit developed by Ferrari and currently found in the Quattroporte GTS, where it produces 523 horsepower.

That’d put it just behind (but still in the same league) as the Cayenne Turbo, Range Rover Sport SVR, BMW X6 M, Mercedes-AMG GLE 63, and even the Bentayga V8. With a little extra tweaking, it could even give those a run for their money. A lot of money.

As you can see from these spy shots (captured by S. Baldauf at SB-Medien and the shutterbugs at CarPix), the Levante GTS will get more than just a bigger engine. It’s also expected to get larger air vents to keep it cool, enhanced aero to keep it glued to the road, and upgraded suspension, wheels, and brakes to keep it all under control.

Though still partially camouflaged, we’d expect Maserati to take the wraps off the Levante GTS at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Photo Credits: CarPix & S.Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

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  • SteersUright

    Maserati anything won’t take on any of the serious competitors ever if they don’t seriously ramp up their build quality to exceed the best of the best (they are a super premium brand after all) and don’t get redesigned to be a hell of a lot better looking. While some look better than others from certain angles, there really isnt a single Maserati made today that truly sports a beautiful shape. Get your act together or fade away…

    • europeon

      Please give us some proof of the bad Maserati build quality.
      Also, looks are a very subjective thing.

      • SteersUright

        Nope. Do your own research and homework. In fact, better yet, go buy a Maserati since I do love the idea of the brand and your lost dollars may provide much needed resources to help them address their many, many issues and finally produce a solid, quality vehicle.

        • europeon

          I have bought a Maserati last year.
          Now, please give us examples of “bad build quality”.

    • donald seymour

      Steers, so true. I seen this thing in person and was genuinely shock at how poor and sub-par it’s quality was in comparison to its competitors. The quality is sub Dodge and not top of the line Dodge. And I’m not joking.

  • EyalN

    i don’t get it why they sell the alfa SUV with a more powerful engine than the maserati that supposed to the more expensive vehicle

    • europeon

      Engine power and price are not the same things. Stelvio is a normal small SUV with a powerful engine and nothing else. Levante is a comfort/GT focused luxury SUV with interior materials, fit and finish you won’t find in “regular” cars.

      People don’t understand what Maserati is and what it stands for. They always built GT cars for the streets, their racing cars were different animals.

    • Deckard_Cain

      Because the Maserati is more luxurious. Power isn’t everything.

    • Jason Panamera

      Also power distribution matters. How does it accelerate, how engine works, sounds and overall driving feelings. Maserati’s engines always had smooth power with soul what made that halo effect over Maseratis. You can get cheap power with popular car but it’s not the same driving experience. Sometimes you can set up same enginge in different way what we got in FIAT.

  • Some halo model would bring people to showroom no doubt, now I wonder if Levante should get an engine below V6, would be helpful for tax breaking in Chinese market.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Hell yeah!

  • Bo Hanan

    I don’t think that’s true. And it’s just as dull in the flesh as in these pictures. If anything the pictures are cropped to make it look better.

  • B.Stokes

    Maserati has just been a disappointment. Their vehicles don’t live up to their price especially since they’re in the German performance range of cars. You have to chose between this or a Cayenne/Range Rover; a Quattroporte or S550/Panamera GTS/ Alpina B7/750Li; Ghibli or a 550i/M5/E43 AMG/E63 AMG/ Panamera 4/S7; Granturismo or a M6/SL500/S550 Coupe/AMG GT/911 GTS.

    • Vassilis

      I seriously miss cars like the AM336 Ghibli and the 3200 GT.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    If possible, even worse than the Urus. And i like Maserati.