Maserati V8 Levante Gets Global Debut at Goodwood

By Paul Joseph

One of the most eagerly awaited of the numerous global launches to take place at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK was that of the Maserati V8 Levante.

The SUV is the sibling version of Maserati’s top-of-the line Levante Trofeo, which also made its European debut at Goodwood.

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.

Thanks to a remarkable weight-to-power ratio, it 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.

Meanwhile the rigid and well balanced 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 Maserati V8 Levante and Levante Trofeo were both on display at Goodwood between 12-15 July.

Since 1993 the Goodwood Festival of Speed has provided an exhilarating mix of glamorous cars and motorsport stars, and today attracts more than 200,000 visitors over its four days.

Maserati’s current line-up comprises the flagship Quattroporte, the Ghibli executive sports saloon, the Levante SUV, all available in GranLusso and GranSport versions and the GranTurismo and GranCabrio sports cars.

By Paul Joseph