Like most premium sport and luxury car manufacturers that have branched out into SUV-building, Maserati has been reaping the sales volume (and subsequent monetary) rewards of its first production 4×4, the Levante. However, given that the model’s current most potent engine is a 424 horsepower 3.0L twin-turbo V6 in the Levante S, it finds itself severely outgunned by competitors such as the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63, BMW X5 M, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, and even the Jaguar F-Pace SVR we discussed yesterday (not to mention FCA corporate cousins Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk). Thankfully for devotees of vehicles wearing Neptune’s trident, help is on the way in the form of the 2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo.
Other than more aggressive fascias, a vented hood, extended carbon fiber side skirts and some killer 22” wheels, there isn’t a whole lot going on outside the Levante Trofeo to tip people off that there’s something evil lurking underneath. That something evil happens to be a Ferrari-developed 3.8L twin-turbo V8 producing 590 horsepower and 538 lb.-ft of torque. Piped through an 8-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system, that power propels the massive Maser to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and onward to a 186 mph V-max. Look for Modenese monster to turn the super SUV wars upside down starting later this year.