Maserati launches new V8 Levante Trofeo SUV capable of 187mph

Historic Italian manufacturer Maserati has revealed the eagerly anticipated Levante Trofeo at the New York International Auto Show. Based on the Levante SUV, it's built around a Ferrari-assembled V8 engine that delivers an incredible 582bhp – capable of powering the hefty Levante from 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds.

Maserati claims a top speed for the Levante of 'faster than 187mph', making the Levante second only to the Lamborghini Urus and the equal of the Bentley Bentayga in the super-SUV market when it comes to top speed.

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Maserati says the Trofeo's chassis has been tuned to handle the insane power output without compromising comfort, with the air suspension set lower, sportier 'Skyhook' damping and an optimised Q4 all-wheel drive system. The Levante also features a perfect 50:50 weight balance and rides on large, 22-inch forged aluminium wheels.

Inside, the Levante Trofeo shuns the popular Alcantara often found on halo performance models for full-grain natural leather with contrasting stitching. The 'Trofeo' logo is stitched into the headrests, while matte effect carbon fibre trim adorns the dash. New paddle shifters, a reshaped steering wheel and a new central clock complete the interior.

The exterior is similarly restrained, with a purposeful look courtesy of new side sills and larger air intakes. New Matrix LED headlights freshen up the front end.

Production will begin in the summer, with a date for UK sales yet to be announced. Initial allocation of the cars is expected to go to Maserati's strongest markets first – the US and China. Prices have not been announced for any territory.

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