Originally unveiled over the summer, the Levante GTS is a high-performance crossover which features a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine that produces 542 hp (404 kW / 550 PS) and 538 lb-ft (730 Nm) of torque. The engine is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which sends power to a standard all-wheel drive system. This setup enables the model to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.0 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 181 mph (291 km/h).
Besides the powerful V8 engine, the crossover features a sportier front fascia with larger air intakes. The model also comes with a modified rear bumper and 20-inch alloy wheels featuring a dark gray finish.
Inside, the cabin comes nicely equipped with 12-way power front sport seats and a heated sport steering wheel. Other niceties include heated / ventilated front seats, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a limited-slip differential and a Skyhook air suspension with electronic damping.
Pricing starts at $119,980 which means the model significantly undercuts the range-topping Levante Trofeo that has a base price of $169,980. The latter model also has a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine, but it produces 581 hp (433 kW / 590 PS) and 538 lb-ft (730 Nm) of torque. Thanks to the extra power, the crossover rockets from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 3.7 seconds and onto a top speed of 187 mph (300 km/h).
Besides the Levante GTS, Maserati will be showcasing their 2019 lineup in Los Angeles. All Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante models now feature an updated infotainment system and a revised shifter with a “more intuitive shift pattern, shorter travel and improved operation.”
Other updates include newly available Pieno Fiore leather upholstery, a revised color palette and updated wheels. The 2019 Quattroporte GTS GranSport also gains a revised grille and new side skirts.