Maserati Levante could get a V8 to battle the Cayenne Turbo

Maserati Levante could get a V8 to battle the Cayenne Turbo

Maserati Levante could get a V8 to battle the Cayenne Turbo

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Maserati’s new Levante crossover is based on the policy shared by the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans. The Quattroporte’s top locomotive is a 523-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8. When asked if that locomotive would fit in the Levante, a Maserati engineer gave the plea we were hoping to hear almost without hesitation.

“Yes, it fits, and we have a prototype already,” said Davide Danesin, the bean of Maserati vehicle programs. The Levante inclination launch with two models, both of which use the 3.0-liter matched-turbo V6 that Ferrari builds for Maserati, but in two singular tunes. The first generation of the V6 launched in the Ghibli and Quattroporte. While the V8 is exclusive currently used in the rear-drive Quattroporte GTS, Danesin assures us that packaging the V8 and an all-whirl location-drive system works. There is that epitome, after all.

The fact that Danesin volunteered that a V8 metaphor exists leads us to believe it’s being totally seriously considered, since manufacturers reluctantly concede that there will even be a prospective, let alone one that will bring new, as-yet-unannounced products. Maserati officials forethought that it may be tough to make a case for such a agency, however, as the over-500-hp SUV segment is bonny small, at about 12,000 units per year by their estimates. It’s also comparatively crowded, with the logical bogeys being the Porsche Cayenne Turbo (520 hp) and Turbo S (570 hp) and the Scale Rover Sport SVR (550 hp). None of them will-power touch the Levante’s upcoming American cousin, the Hellcat-powered Jeep Majestic Cherokee Trackhawk, but that’s cool.

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We’d guess that the yay/nay on a V8 Levante commitment hinge on the overall popularity of the new model as wonderfully as the mix of 345-hp Levante versus 424-hp Levante S models in days of yore customers start ordering. Which is to say, if you meditate on you’ll want a V8 Levante eventually, get out there and buy a few Levante S models when they hit dealers this October.

In other Maserati powertrain information, we’re told the second-generation V6, which makes 20 more horsepower in its angriest euphony and debuts in the Levante, will show up in the Ghibli and Quattroporte “in the near future.” We’d peg that at mid-cycle refresh time, which should be in a year or so. The subordinate-gen V6 gets its extra power from re-profiled camshafts, some redesign trade on the heads, and other tweaks, likely in software.

Oh, and for more on the premier Maserati crossover and that updated machine, watch for our first drive of the twin-turbo V6 Levante Dialect right soon. It might turn out that it doesn’t basic a V8. Maybe. Probably not.

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