Maserati Levante GTS: Say Hello To The Ferrari-Powered 550PS SUV

The Maserati Levante has welcomed the GTS moniker, along with an extensive list of upgrades and a powerful V8 engine breathing air from behind that large grille.

Presented in front of the crowd for the first time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it uses the same twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 unit as the Quattroporte GTS, which is made by Ferrari in Maranello.

The powertrain has been re-engineered to work together with the all-wheel drive system, and delivers 550PS (542hp / 404kW) and 730Nm (538lb-ft) of torque to the wheels. Maserati says the Levante GTS takes 4.2 seconds to reach 100km/h (62mph) and maxes out at 292km/h (181mph).

In addition to adding the powerful engine from its flagship sedan sibling, the Maserati Levante GTS has also welcomed a tuned chassis, and an updated exterior design. The latter “focuses on the lower front fascia and the rear bumper”, according to the Italian automaker, which gives it “a sporty yet sophisticated look”.

Not much has changed in the cockpit, but clients will enjoy the standard Full Premium leather, or optional full-grain Pieno Fiore natural leather, alongside the sport pedals and a premium sound system from Harman Kardon, with 14 speakers.

Besides the Levante GTS, Maserati has also brought the Levante Trofeo at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Marking its European premiere, after it debuted in New York earlier this year, it has 590PS (582hp / 433kW) and 730Nm (538lb-ft) of torque from a twin-turbo V8 engine and goes from 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in 3.9sec, and up to a top speed of more than 300km/h (186mph).

The Italian automaker has also updated the Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante with a redesigned gearshift lever, which premiered initially in the Levante Trofeo, and the MTC+ infotainment system has been enhanced in all three models.

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For the first time, the aforementioned Pieno Fiore leather can be ordered as an optional extra on all three vehicles, and the company offers two new high-gloss interior veneers for the Ghibli and Quattroporte, and three for the Levante.

The color palette has been updated for the 2019MY, too, and there are new 20- and 21-inch in size wheels, whereas the Levante GTS and Trofeo sit on 22-inch ones.

The Maserati Design Center has come up with a specific front grille and side skirts created exclusively for the Quattroporte GTS GranSport, and finally, the Nerissimo package is now available with a wider range of colors.

  • Bo Hanan

    Why pick plain vanilla white to advertise this car?

    • Matt


    • europeon

      It’s not “plain vanilla white”, it’s a pearl white called “Bianco Alpi” and it’s the most expensive color they have as an option.

      • NoSnarkHere

        White exterior, burgundy interior.

        Liberace would have approved.

  • RoDD J Jerome

    I want one!

  • lagunas3ca

    Solid pick for a performance SUV if your first 6 picks are unavailable.

    • TheHake


    • Carmelo Van Cabboi

      For me it will be the just a second choise after the Stelvio QV…. not a 6th

    • Matt

      Yeah who would want a Ferrari-powered Italian SUV when you could own a dime-a-dozen, douche-magnet German SUV right?

      Because ‘I want what everyone else is having’ is of course the best car purchasing motto.

      Maybe wait for a review before you strike it off as being worst in class – or are the Jeep window switches enough for you to hate it already?

      • ImNachoLover

        No need to get upset buddy.

        • Matt

          Not upset in the slightest. My dig at German SUVs was in good fun, I personally like them.

          However if you’re going to call out a model that no-one has driven yet as effectively ‘worst in class’, then I’m happy to call you out.

          I know the normal Levante didn’t get all positive reviews, but history has shown us that Maserati has a knack for improving their models over their lifespan.

          3200 to 4200 GranSport. Bi-Turbo to Shamal etc…

  • nauticalone

    I’d definitely prefer the Porsche!

  • Six_Tymes

    Looks way better than the Porsche!

  • europeon

    You forgot the most important change. You can now spec any MY19 Maserati with “America-size cupholders”.
    No joke. It’s also a no cost option.

  • I’m afraid for them… this comes a bit too late. And People looking for an Italian SUV might look at its cousin the Stelvio. This should have been the engine to present the car with. Sure wouldn’t been a champion of sales, but would had pushed people into the dealers.

  • xconnor

    I think that this is what the levante should have been in the first place.

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