Given that Maserati is still very much seen as a sports car brand, you may be surprised to find that the company has so far only seen fit to offer its Levante SUV with V6 power. That changes now, as the Trident has finally unveiled the new Maserati Levante Trofeo packing a serious eight-cylinder punch.

That punch comes from a Ferrari-built 3.8 litre twin-turbocharged V8 from the Quattroporte GTS, breathed on with new turbos, redesigned cylinder heads with unique cams and valves and new pistons and connecting rods to go with the revised engine mapping. There’s also a new crankcase design, crankshaft assembly, oil pump, auxiliary belt and wiring layout to accommodate the Q4 all-wheel drive system.

The result is 590 hp at 6,250 rpm and a whopping 730 Nm of torque from 2,250 to 5,000 rpm. Equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the Trofeo blitzes the zero-to-100 km/h benchmark in just 3.9 seconds before topping out at over 300 km/h.

Under the skin sits double wishbone front and multilink rear suspension with air springs and Skyhook adaptive damping, plus “Orione” 22-inch forged alloy wheels – the largest ever fitted to a Maserati – shod with wider tyres. Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) is equipped for the first time on a Levante, improving performance by more effectively preventing vehicle instability compared to a regular stability control system.

There’s also a new Corsa drive mode that improves engine response, opens up the exhaust valves under acceleration, quickens the gearchanges, lowers the ride height, stiffens the damping, optimises the all-wheel drive system and adjusts the traction and stability control for a sportier drive.

Paired to the increased performance is a meaner, more aggressive design. At the front, there’s a new grille with black double vertical bars, as well as a new vented bonnet and larger air intakes framed by carbon fibre blades. Carbon fibre also adorns the lower front splitter and side skirts.

Moving towards the rear, the Trofeo comes with a carbon fibre diffuser with a body-coloured insert and dark oval quad exhausts, along with unique “Saetta” logos on the C-pillars. A choice of red, blue, black, silver and yellow brake callipers complete the look.

Inside, you’ll find sports seats furnished in full-grain Pieno Fiore natural leather in either black, red or tan, with contrast stitching and the Trofeo logo embroidered on the headrests. There are also matte carbon fibre trim and padle shifters, redesigned instrument cluster graphics, floor mats with metal Trofeo badges and a unique dial for the analogue clock. Standard equipment includes matrix LED headlights and a 1,280-watt, 17-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system.

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