Until Ferrari launches its Purosangue SUV, the Maserati Levante Trofeo will remain the king of performance-focused SUVs from Italy and as discovered by CarWow, it’s capable of some very impressive feats.
The SUV is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that’s been built by Ferrari and is rated at 582 hp and 538 lb-ft (730 Nm) of torque, all of which is channeled to a Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system via a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.
Maserati claims that the Levante Trofeo requires just 4.1 seconds to sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h), but during this review, Mat Watson was able to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.8 seconds, improving on Maserati’s official numbers.
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Unsurprisingly, the reviewer is a huge fan of the engine and full of compliments for it. He says it sounds much better than any of the German V8s on the market and performs exceptionally well. Not everything is perfect about the Maserati, however, as the steering doesn’t provide all that much feel.
The Levante Trofeo thrives along twisty roads where you can make the most of its performance, but it also does well around town, although the stiff suspension leaves a little to be desired and the turning circle isn’t that good either.