542bhp Maserati Levante GTS slots beneath Trofeo

Maserati Levante GTS revealed at Goodwood as Trofeo sibling

542bhp super SUV has the same engine as the Quattroporte GTS, 40bhp less than its Trofeo sibling

Maserati has pulled the covers off of the Levante GTS – a V8-engined, second-tier super SUV to sit under the range-topping Trofeo.

Where the Trofeo gets 582bhp from its 3.8-litre Ferrari-derived V8, the GTS shares the 542bhp V8 engine found in the Quattroporte GTS. Q4 all-wheel drive is also fitted, allowing a 0-62mph time of 4.2sec, and a top speed of 181mph.

Sportier styling than the regular, V6-powered Levante puts the GTS in line with the Trofeo, although Maserati says the GTS is more sophisticated.

New alloy wheels are also fitted to mark the car out from the regular Levantes. Maserati claims 20.9mpg and 313g/km CO2 for the Levante GTS.

Inside, there’s a premium audio system, and upgraded leather upholstery, while the gear selector has been redesigned. It’s also the first Levante to get full LED headlights, which is likely to be rolled out across the rest of the range.

The GTS makes its world debut alongside the Trofeo, which makes its European debut. Prices for the GTS are yet to be revealed, but it’s likely to carry a considerable premium over the £79,125, V6-engined Gransport.

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Source:: Autocar