OTR PRICE £69,000
FORCE OF NATUREThe Levante SUV embodies the enduring, intrepid and endlessly progressive spirit of Maserati – and it’s part of a story dating back over 100 years. Maserati has a history of naming its cars after the world’s most famous winds. It started in 1963 with the legendary Mistral. Then came the Ghibli, the Bora and the Khamsin. And now the Levante joins the Maserati hall of fame.
GRANLUSSO: ACCENT ON LUXURYThe GranLusso badge is perfectly integrated into the bases of the front wings. The side skirts and other fine details are perfectly colour-matched with the rest of the exterior. The clearly visible brake calipers for the large ventilated discs front and rear are finished in a striking black. The Levante GranLusso also features the convenience of Soft Close Doors. With this, a mechanism quietly and automatically closes each of the four doors when they are left slightly ajar. Finally, the GranLusso trim option stands, ready to serve in luxuriously sporting style, on imposing 19” Zefiro light alloy wheels.
GRANSPORT: MORE SPORTING STYLELike the GranLusso, the GranSport trim option also features side skirts and other details in the body colour. Similarly, the model name “GranSport” appears at the base of each front wing, while soft-close doors are a welcome extra. There are dashes of sporting colour, too. The GranSport’s mighty 20” Nereo light alloy wheels are fitted with calipers in a bold red and the Trident in the front grille and wheel hubs, along with inserts in the C-pillar-mounted Saetta logo, are in an a richly evocative blue. All in all, the Levante GranSport brings the motor sport heritage into even sharper focus, while also demonstrating a uniquely progressive outlook.
GRANLUSSO: ACCENT ON LUXURYThe GranLusso offers front Comfort seats with extensive 12-way power adjustment and a memory function for instant access to pre-set configurations. There is also the choice of either full premium Italian leather or Zegna Silk Edition upholstery, both complemented beautifully by Radica open-pore wood trim. Additionally, the power-adjustable steering wheel is finished in fine wood.
GRANSPORT: MORE SPORTING STYLEThe body-hugging front Sport seats offer excellent support as well as 12-way power adjustment and a memory function. There’s also a firmly bolstered powered Sport steering wheel with multi-function buttons, brushed chrome gearshift paddles and power foot pedals with the purist aluminium Sport finish.
The engine for the Levante S is designed by Maserati Powertrain and built at Ferrari’s Maranello plant exclusively for Maserati – they deliver on all expectations. The engine in the Levante S offers everything you would expect of a Maserati – from snarling responsiveness to effortless long-distance refinement. They are also remarkably efficient. To achieve this characteristic balance, developers at Maserati Powertrain in conjunction with the Ferrari Powertrain development team adopted a twin turbocharger design – one for each cylinder bank – plus the latest valve control and high-pressure direct injection technology. Twin turbocharging isn’t new, of course. It was pioneered by Maserati with the Biturbo of 1981, an innovation the rest of the automotive industry has only recently caught on to.
Nothing can match the Maserati engine note, however. With the Levante, a lightweight exhaust system with bypass valves ensures that it’s delivered to maximum effect. When Sport mode is active – which also sharpens the vehicle’s handling parameters – the valves open, providing the shortest, highest-energy route for the exhaust gases. The result is optimised engine performance and that unmistakably resonant, spine-tingling sound. The Levante S is equipped with the most powerful version of the V6. Maximum output has been raised to 430 hp for 2018 and is delivered at 5,750 rpm. With overboost active in Sport mode, peak torque of 580 Nm is on tap between 1,750 rpm and 5,000 rpm and 90 per cent of that torque is accessible at just 1,600 rpm. The sprint from 0– 62 mph is dispatched in 5.2 seconds and the top speed is 164 mph. Combined fuel consumption and CO² emissions are 25.9 mpg and 253 g/km