Power play Posted by Auto Advisor, April 6, 2018
The fastest Levante in Maserati's history destined for South Africa
The Maserati Levante SUV has been in the country for quite some time, although buyers have never really been able to indulge in a Maserati-badge-worthy high performance variant. That’s about to change following Maserati South Africa’s decision to launch the roaring V8 ‘Trofeo’ SUV into the local product line-up next year.
The Maserati Levante Trofeo makes use of a pair of turbochargers and a fire-breathing 3.8-litre petrol V8 to produce 433kW of power and 730Nm of torque. This enables the Super-SUV to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 3.9-seconds before topping off at 304km/h.
“Aside from being one of the most powerful Maserati models ever, the Levante Trofeo’s sporting interior offers all the comfort of a prestigious SUV. It is built to the enduring principles of a Maserati grand touring vehicle,” says Rens Rademeyer, Dealer Principal at Maserati Johannesburg.
Rens also mentions that every Trofeo brought to South Africa will be fitted as standard with Maserati’s exclusive Pieno Fiore Italian leather interior as well as the powerful 17-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium surround sound audio system. The exterior of the Trofeo is carbon fibre galore, with the lower splitter, the side blades in the front air intakes, the side skirt inserts and the rear extractor all finished in high gloss carbon fibre. Moving to the side view, Maserati has equipped the Levante Trofeo with massive 22-inch ‘Orione’ wheels made from lightweight forged aluminium, available in both matte and polished finishes.
“The Trofeo will also have unique carbon fibre exterior details, and our customers can, as always, indulge in their creativity in the Maserati fit and finish studio to further custom design their Trofeo.”
“Interest in the Levante Trofeo has already been overwhelming. The first unit, a specially numbered Launch Edition in Blu Emozione Matte, will arrive in the first quarter of 2020, with bespoke units following soon thereafter,” says Rademeyer.