Maserati’s second One of One vehicle is inspired by the city of Miami

Maserati didn’t have any new vehicles to showcase at the 2019 New York Auto Show, but it did display a Levante customized by its Centro Stile division through its new One of One program. This time around, the unique Levante was designed for Ray Allen, two-time NBA champion and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. This One of One model follows the Levante that Maserati built for Allegra Antinori, the vice president of famous Italian wine producer Marchezi Antinori.

The Levante GTS One of One was designed together with the NBA star

NBA Champion Ray Allen's One of One Maserati Levante Was Just Revealed at the 2019 New York Auto Show
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Maserati’s Centro Stile division worked closely with Ray Allen to design this SUV. The former Miami Heat shooting guard wanted the Levante to capture his love for the city of Miami, so Maserati designed special paints and materials centered around Florida’s most populous city. The Levante One of One is themed around the color blue, taken from the city’s seal, which depicts a palm tree.

The Levante GTS One of One is blue inside and out

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Inspired by the blue color of the galaxy and the colors of the city of Miami, Blue Astro changes its hue depending on lighting

Based on the GTS model with sportier bumpers, Ray’s One of One is wrapped in an exotic looking Blue Astro tri-coat paint. Inspired by the blue color of the galaxy and the colors of the city of Miami, Blue Astro changes its hue depending on the lighting. The paint also has a matte finish, but at the same time, it appears metallic or anodized in certain lighting conditions. It’s shifting colors like a chameleon, but it retains the original blue hue. Pretty cool.

NBA Champion Ray Allen's One of One Maserati Levante Was Just Revealed at the 2019 New York Auto Show
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To make the paint stand out even more, Maserati went with black highlights on the wheels and grilles, while the mirror caps and door handles are made from carbon-fiber. The brake calipers are also finished in Blue Astro for a sharp contrast with the gloss-black rims.

The blue theme continues inside the cabin, where the lower dashboard, parts of the door panels, the seats, and the center console are wrapped in Blue Denim leather. The hide is special too, as it’s aniline-dyed with vegetable tanning. Maserati says that the color will change over time "just like fine stone-washed denim," so it will acquire character as it becomes older.

NBA Champion Ray Allen's One of One Maserati Levante Was Just Revealed at the 2019 New York Auto Show
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The carbon-fiber trim has a blue touch thanks to blue thread woven into the structure

The surfaces that aren’t blue are covered in black leather for a contrast that mimics the exterior. The black sides of the sporty seats have blue contrast stitching, while the seating surfaces have a unique pattern. Even the carbon-fiber trim on the center console, dashboard, and door panels has a blue touch thanks to blue thread woven into the structure. The 3D surface finish adds to the unique look. This SUV is the first Maserati to feature this type of carbon-fiber.

NBA Champion Ray Allen's One of One Maserati Levante Was Just Revealed at the 2019 New York Auto Show
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The floor mats are special too. The textile surfaces are inspired by the string of a basketball net, while the XL Extralight material (a closed-cell foam made with polyolefin resins that are ultra-light and antibacterial) is inspired by sneaker soles. Other distinctive features include Ray’s signature embroidered behind the driver’s headrest and a laser engraving reading "Maserati for Ray" on the backlit door sill inserts.

The Levante GTS One by One is a regular GTS under the hood

NBA Champion Ray Allen's One of One Maserati Levante Was Just Revealed at the 2019 New York Auto Show
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The One by One program doesn’t enhance performance, but this isn’t an issue with the Levante GTS. This trim is powered by a high-revving 3.8-liter V-8 that cranks out a whopping 542 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque. While it’s not as powerful as the Levante Trofeo, rated at 582 horsepower, it delivers notably more than the base model and the Levante S, rated at 345 and 424 horses, respectively. The Levante GTS is pretty quick too, needing only 4.2 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start. I’m pretty sure Ray Allen will have nothing to complain about in the performance department.

2019 Maserati Levante GTS drivetrain specifications
Engine layout V8
Displacement 3.8 L
Max power 542 HP
Bore 86.5 mm
Stroke 80.8 mm
Max torque 538 lb-ft
Maximum torque (rpm) 2500-5000 rpm
Max speed 181 mph
Acceleration 4.2 sec

Further reading

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Read our full review on the 2018 Maserati Levante Trofeo.

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Just as Ray Allen was a star on the court, the world debut of his Maserati Levante GTS ONE OF ONE is sure to be the star of the 2019 New York International Auto Show. This latest creation of Maserati’s ONE OF ONE customization program is entirely personalized for the two-time NBA Champion and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. In New York on April 17, Ray will receive the keys to his never seen before Maserati Levante GTS ONE OF ONE and consumers will be able to view his unique vehicle during the auto show.

The Centro Stile Maserati worked alongside Ray to configure his vehicle in a process of shared creation based on a broad concept to capture his love for Miami. In this unique project, Ray spoke about himself, his victories and his personal history, and created a special bond with the Italian based design team that translated Ray’s vision into a truly unique, personally customized Maserati Levante GTS SUV. This special Maserati Levante GTS ONE OF ONE features “Blu Astro” tri-coat exterior paint, inspired by the astral blue color of the galaxy, but also the colors of the magical city of Miami. Thanks to the matte finish, the overall chromatic effect is luminous and vibrant, but also metallic and anodized, giving the car a sportier and more technical look, also conveyed by carbon fiber exterior details on the side mirror covers and door handles.

The deep dark chrome finish details (air vent covers, grille, license plate bracket, exhaust tips, the Maserati and Levante badges and the trident badge on the rear pillar) contrast with the matte “Blu Astro” paint and give the exterior an intriguing, nocturnal look. The 22-inch diamond rims feature a deep dark chrome tint, while the brake calipers are finished to match in the same matte “Blu Astro” exterior color, making the Maserati SUV even sportier.

The colors chosen for the interior are also very particular: the instrument panel, center console, door panels and seats were inspired by a casual and timeless material: the blue denim. The central insert of the seat is embroidered with multiple elements, giving more personality and three-dimensionality to the Sport seat but without losing the excellent ventilation of Maserati seats. The leather used for the interiors, in a special denim blue color, is aniline-dyed with vegetable tanning, a particular leather-working process that results in an exclusive and unique product. This leather stands out for its fine and extremely natural quality, and its color shades create a unique appearance that changes over time, just like fine stone-washed denim, thus acquiring even more personality and character.

The interior trims (center console, dashboard insert, and door panel inserts) are characterized by carbon fiber with blue thread woven into the structure, evoking the colours of Miami, the cityscape and the ocean, and giving a tactile and technical effect thanks to the 3D surface finish. This unique material is currently not present on any vehicles in the Maserati line-up.

Adding to the deep attention to detail, the Maserati Centro Stile created special floor mats for Ray’s Levante GTS ONE OF ONE that play on the mix of two very different materials. The textile is inspired by the strings of a basketball net, woven using a unique technique that makes the mats both technical and sporty, while the XL Extralight material (a closed-cell foam made with polyolefin resins, ultra-light and antibacterial) is inspired by sneaker soles, creating an overall image that is fresh and urban.

In addition to the contrast stitching on the denim colored dashboard, seats and door panels, the Maserati team also used the same chromatic motif on the stitched headrest logos. As a hidden personal detail, Ray’s signature is embroidered behind the driver’s headrest, so it can only be seen by family and friends inside his Maserati Levante. Another distinctive feature is found on the backlit door sill inserts, a laser engraving reading Maserati “for Ray”.

ONE OF ONE: NEW CUSTOMIZATION PROGRAM

Maserati features Italian artisanal craftsmanship with the finest finishes through its ONE OF ONE customization program. Customers select from thousands of interior and exterior options to meet their personal needs and tastes. Whether it’s a favorite color palette, material or design inspiration, the Maserati design team works closely with each client to create a vehicle, as unique as each person who drives it. This program exemplifies Maserati’s ability to construct customized one-of-a-kind automobiles. This ONE OF ONE program will roll out to North American dealers in the near future to satisfy the discerning tastes of clients.

THE 2019 MASERATI LINE-UP: LEVANTE, GHIBLI, QUATTROPORTE, GRANTURISMO CONVERTIBLE

Visitors to the New York International Auto Show will also see the entire 2019 Maserati portfolio.

Maserati’s product range includes the powerful and refined Levante SUV, the Ghibli sport sedan, the flagship Quattroporte sedan, and the legendary GranTurismo Convertible that perfectly represents Maserati’s DNA.

2019 LEVANTE S Q4 GRANSPORT WITH NEW PELLETESSUTA™ INTERIOR BY ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA

Following the world premiere in Geneva, the Zegna Levante S Q4 GranSport showcases a newly designed elegant PELLETESSUTA™ interior with a bronze exterior. The woven supple Nappa leather interior was created through the pioneering research of Ermenegildo Zegna and is showcased exclusively in this Maserati Levante. The soft, luxurious, lightweight material is not only durable but brings comfort and beauty to the Levante interior. Through a longstanding partnership between Zegna and Maserati, two historical Italian companies, Maserati is the only automotive company to bring this elevated PELLETESSUTA™ interior to the market. This unique interior trim will begin arriving in North American showrooms in the Spring of 2020 on multiple models.

MASERATI

Maserati produces a complete range of unique cars with individual personalities which are instantly recognizable. Their style, technology and innately exclusive character, delight the most discerning, demanding tastes and remain an automotive industry benchmark. The brand’s current line-up comprises the flagship Quattroporte sedan, the Ghibli sports sedan, the Levante - Maserati’s first SUV - and the legendary GranTurismo and GranCabrio sports car. The complete range features, rear or all-wheel drive, the finest materials and outstanding engineering. A tradition of successful cars, each of them redefining what makes an Italian sports car in terms of design, performance, comfort, elegance and safety. For more information visit www.maseratiusa.com

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