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Novitec Transforms The Maserati Levante Trofeo Into World's Fastest SUV

Novitec Transforms The Maserati Levante Trofeo Into World’s Fastest SUV

With extra power and a lowered body stance, the SUV is now faster than the Bentley Bentayga!

The Maserati Levante Trofeo has the genes of a Ferrari. That itself says a lot. And, until the Ferrari Purosangue arrives, this is the closest thing we have to a Ferrari SUV. The Levante Trofeo is an exotic SUV that looks stunning on the outside, reeks of luxury on the inside, and has the engine that makes it one of the fastest SUVs on sale today.

Now, imagine everything being raised by a notch. Aftermarket tuner Novitec has laid its hands on Maserati’s latest SUV, the Levante Trofeo and gave it a twist inside out. Called the Levante Esteso V2, it comes with over 600 horses and is now the world’s fastest SUV, beating the mighty Bentley Bentayga.

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2019 Maserati Levante One of One Allegra Antinori

2019 Maserati Levante One of One Allegra Antinori

A unique SUV that previews Maserati’s personalization program

Maserati is about to launch a customization program for its cars and SUVs and built a unique Levante to preview the possibilities at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. This one-off SUV was designed for Allegra Antinori, the vice president of famous Italian wine producer Marchesi Antinori.

Painted in a special green color and fitted with a two-tone upholstery that’s not yet available for the standard Levante, the Allegra Antinori edition reveals that you may soon be able to order paints and leathers in far more colors and finished that are available right now. While it might not be as diverse as Ferrari’s customization program or Bentley’s Mulliner offerings, Maserati definitely needs a few extra options in order to become more exclusive. Information is scant as of this writing, but the Levante One of One Allegra Antinora seems to be good start for a personalization program.

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2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo Launch Edition

2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo Launch Edition

If you want a really fast Italian SUV this is it, unless you can afford a 2019 Lamborghini Urus

Maserati’s table is full at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show, although nothing is genuinely new, and the most interesting model on its stand has to be the Levante Trofeo Launch Edition. The Italian manufacturer unveiled the Trofeo with its 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged, V-8 last year but the model is only going on sale now. Only 100 of the ’Launch Edition’ models will be sold worldwide. Maserati really tries to keep its sporting credentials alive. It still stuffs Ferrari-derived engines in its vehicles and still puts out ’angry’ versions throughout its lineup. Of course, the Trident is no longer seen in competition much nowadays - even a deal to partner with Haas as a branding exercise in F1 fell through. And some criticize the way the company has reused some of its famous nameplates, particularly the Ghibli. But, after all is said and done, Maserati remains as one of the few carmakers in the world that can sell you a +580 horsepower SUV.

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2019 Maserati Levante Vulcano

2019 Maserati Levante Vulcano

We’re not getting our hands on this special edition Levante here in the U.S., but that shouldn’t stop us from admiring it from afar

Maserati is dropping some spice back into the Levante SUV with the release of the Levante Vulcano. The special edition model is an aesthetic showcase featuring exclusive touches in the exterior and interior. The SE is also available in two states of tune, though those don’t include the range-topping, 590-horsepower Levante Trofeo or the 542-horsepower GTS. Unfortunately, only 150 units of the Maserati Levante Vulcano will be available. Worse, all 150 units are headed to the European and Asian markets. Details on pricing have yet to be announced by Maserati, though expect it to cost somewhere in the vicinity of $120,000.

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Is There Any Meaningful Difference Between The Maserati Levante GTS And The Maserati Levante Trofeo?

Is There Any Meaningful Difference Between The Maserati Levante GTS And The Maserati Levante Trofeo?

Revealed at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Maserati Levante GTS showed that Maser knows a thing or two about making really fast luxurious cars. SUVs or not. It does not matter to them. The new car features a Ferrari-built 3.8-liter, turbocharged, V-8 with 542 horsepower, can accelerate to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds, and it can hit a top speed of 181 mph. It is the supercar of SUVs. Or as Maserati would put it, the new Levante GTS is the Maserati of SUVs. I like this one better.

While this sounds really impressive, this is not the first time that Maserati smashed a Ferrari V-8 into the Levante. Only a few months ago, the Italian company revealed the Maserati Levante Trofeo with the same V-8 only tuned up to 590 horsepower. That one is a tad faster, a tad meaner, and $50,000 more expensive. Why in hell is the Levante Trofeo so much more expensive than the Levante GTS that is priced at $120,000?

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2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo

2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo

The V-8-powered Levante you’ve been asking for!

Introduced in 2017, the Levante is Maserati’s first-ever SUV and the company’s big bet on becoming a much more profitable brand within FCA. Stylish yet sporty, the Levante successfully blends the aggressive lines of the iconic GranTurismo and the elegant cues of the Quattroporte sedan, all with a modern twist. Available with both gasoline and diesel V-6 engines, the Levante was a big success in its first year on the market. But, something was missing from the lineup from the very beginning: a beefed-up version that would compete against high-performance SUVs from BMW M, Mercedes-AMG, and Porsche. Fortunately, Maserati had it covered all along and launched the Levante Trofeo, a V-8 model with more than 500 horsepower.

Powered by the same Ferrari-built engine that motivates the Quattroporte GTS, but with revised internals and significantly more oomph, the Trofeo is Italy’s answer to the BMW X5 M, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, and the Mercedes-AMG GLE63. The Lamborghini Urus doesn’t count here since it’s awfully expensive by comparison. The new engine is backed by a more aggressive exterior with unique features, as well as a bespoke interior with added luxury and carbon-fiber trim. The Levante Trofeo is indeed ready to hit the track, as its name suggests, and it seems that the Germans have yet another reason to worry about.

Continue reading to learn more about the Maserati Levante Trofeo.

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2018 Maserati Levante GTS

2018 Maserati Levante GTS

A Ferrari V-8 under the hood makes it just that much better

Maserati’s full-size luxury performance SUV was first unveiled as the Kubang concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2011. The production model was then officially unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show as the Levante. When it finally broke cover, the details were impressive - the exterior was pure Italian premium goodness, the cabin was opulent and well-appointed, and a sizable dose of adrenaline lay in wait under the hood. Now, there’s even more fun to be had with the release of the go-faster Levante GTS, which promises tons of performance cues both inside and out, as well as Ferrari-style grunt with every stab of the loud pedal.

Revealed at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K., the Levante GTS is offered as the penultimate model in the Levante lineup, slotting in just below the Levante Trofeo. As such, the GTS looks to bring much of the same good stuff, but without the over-the-top approach of the SUV flagship. Read on to find out how it manages a balancing act like that.

Updated 07/13/2018: The Maserati Levante GTS is here! Check out our full written review below.

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2017 Maserati Levante Esteso By Novitec

2017 Maserati Levante Esteso By Novitec

This is what a Maserati Levante should look like when it goes through the aftermarket tuning scene

Let me put this out there. The Maserati Levante SUV is not getting as much love as it should. Think about it. The premium SUV market is dominated by the likes of the Porsche Cayenne, BMW X6, and Mercedes-Benz GLE. Go a little bit further and SUVs like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Jaguar F-Pace, Bentley Bentayga and even the yet-to-be released Lamborghini Urus and Rolls-Royce Cullinan are getting more publicity than the Levante. It’s a shame because the Maserati SUV is arguably the best-looking of all of them and its 430-horsepower output isn’t anything to sneeze at. Thankfully, the aftermarket tuning world has not forgotten about the Levante and we see that on full display with Novitec’s Esteso program that helps the SUV achieve power levels to the tune of 494 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque.

Those numbers may still fall short of what other automakers are offering with their stock SUVs, but don’t mistake that for a weakness on the Levante’s part. After all, 494 horsepower is still a load to deal with. Add that to a full wide-body kit from Novitec that includes pretty much everything but the kitchen sink and you get a Levante that not only looks the part of a sporty and aggressive SUV, but one that also performs like one. So in the absence of hype relative to what other SUVs are getting, let Novitec’s Esteso program remind us of the Levante’s potential to look and perform just as well as its competitors in its segment.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Maserati Levante Esteso by Novitec.

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2017 Maserati Levante by Mansory

2017 Maserati Levante by Mansory

How would you like splashes of aggression on your Maserati Levante?

To say that the Geneva Motor Show was busy would be a hilarious understatement. Really, have your heads stopped spinning now? So many things happened at the world’s biggest auto show that it’s hard to comprehend the sheer volume of debuts we saw in the last few days. That’s especially true in the aftermarket scene where some of the biggest tuners in the business were out in droves, presenting the latest programs for some of the most premium cars in the market today.

Take Mansory for example. The tuner is a regular staple in Geneva, and this year, it brought with it a total of six project cars, including this insane Maserati Levante that not only screams attention, but in large part, demands it too. And why wouldn’t it? After all, this is one of the first programs available for the premium SUV, and it packs a load of new features, including power upgrades amounting to decent gains of 465 horsepower for the Levante S. That adds 35 ponies to the SUV’s standard output of 430 horsepower.

Okay, so it’s not as mind-blowing of a power increase as some of Mansory’s other projects. But the tuner more than makes up for it with extensive upgrades in other areas of the Levante, including a rather preposterously aggressive wide body kit provides more than just the usual visual enhancements of like-minded programs before it. Interior upgrades are also a highlight of the program, that is if customers prefer the kind of bombastic updates that the tuner is known for.

All told, Mansory’s program for the Levante SUV may not be for everyone, but for those who like their kits hot with extra servings of spice, this kit is going to get your attention in more ways than one.

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2017 Maserati Levante by Startech

2017 Maserati Levante by Startech

Brabus-owned tuner gets aggressive on Maserati’s premium SUV

This time last year, Maserati was preparing to unveil the Levante SUV at the Geneva Motor Show. Not only was it a signal of the Italian automaker’s intentions to go all-in on the premium SUV market, but it also marked a big move to expand its own lineup past the usual coupes and sedans that it was offering. Fast forward to this week and the Maserati Levante is once again headed to Geneva, although this time, it’s German tuner Starch that’s bringing the SUV with it to the biggest auto show in the world.

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owned aftermarket firm is no stranger to these types of events since it’s been a regular fixture in Geneva over the past few years. But that was then, and this is now. And as far as “now” goes, the Levante is taking center stage at the Startech booth where it will be showcased in full aftermarket regalia, complete with a new body kit, a massive set of wheels, and the promise of interior and engine upgrades, both of which will come at a later date.

So yes, it’s technically an incomplete program, but don’t take that against Startech. If anything, the strategy to showcase just a part of the full Levante tuning experience can be seen as a way to build up the kit ahead of when the interior amenities and the power and performance boosts are ready to be unveiled. That’s certainly one of way looking at it and for what it’s worth - literally and figuratively - the aerodynamic body kit Startech prepared for the Levante does warrant a place in Geneva.

Now if only the tuner had a definite timetable and when the interior and performance upgrades will arrive…

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2016 Maserati Levante

2016 Maserati Levante

The Italian Trident goes big

We saw Maserati’s Kubang Concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, and just a short time later, Maserati confirmed that a production version would eventually grace showrooms. It may have taken five years, but Maserati finally pulled the sheet off of the Maserati Levante and marked its entrance to the flourishing SUV market at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. On the outside, Maserati’s new SUV/Crossover is brilliantly stunning and puts the BMW X6, for example, to shame in terms of styling. Inside, there is no mistaking the Levante as a Maserati, since the brand took styling cues from its sedan lineup. Leather upholstery is standard, with a high-grade leather used on upper trim levels, there are 12-way adjustable seats up front, and an 8.4-inch display in the dash. Under the hood, there is a total of three engine packages available ranging from 275 horsepower up to a decent 430.

The whole purpose of the Levante, aside from entering the SUV/Crossover market, is to boost sales up to 50,000 units a year globally. That’s a pretty tall order for a vehicle that some fear strays a little too far away from the brand’s roots. With models like the BMW X6 and the Porsche Cayenne as main competitors, the Levante has some work to do. So, now we’re left with this questions: Is the Levante worthy of its trident badge, and can’t it really stand up against its German Rivals?

The truth is that we don’t know yet, but check out our review below to find out for yourself.

Updated 03/31/2016: Maserati dropped a series of new video for its new Levante SUV. Hit "play" to watch them!

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