Maserati South Africa will launch the powerful 433 kW V8 Levante Trofeo SUV in South Africa in 2020. The Trofeo boasts a 3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8 engine offering a  0-100 km/h time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 304 km/h. Aside from being one of the most powerful Maserati models ever, the Levante Trofeo’s sporting interior provides all the comfort of a prestigious SUV. It’s built to the enduring principles of a Maserati grand touring vehicle and has Maserati’s exclusive Pieno Fiore Italian leather as standard; plus it’s equipped with a 1 280 Watt, 17-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium surround-sound audio system for a concert-hall sound experience.

The Trofeo has unique carbon fibre exterior details and customers can indulge in their creativity in the Maserati fit and finish studio to further custom design their Trofeo. Specific details like the lower splitter, the side blades in the front air intakes, the side skirt inserts and the rear extractor, are made of ultralight, high-gloss carbon fibre, further underlining this model’s racing look.

The hood is also new, with two aggressive heat extractors for better cylinder head cooling. Beneath, is the high-gloss carbon fibre engine cover, which sports the Maserati Trident and a V8 inscription – the cylinder heads and intake manifolds are painted red. The elegant restyling has mainly focused on the lower front fascia and the rear bumper and is complemented by 22-inch forged aluminium ‘Orione’ wheels, available in both polished and matt finishes.

The Levante Trofeo was first revealed at last year’s New York International Auto Show, where it was lauded for combining a powerful engine with perfect weight distribution and a low centre of gravity – in the Trofeo the power, weight and chassis have been refined to work perfectly with the high-power V8. This helps to ensure that while it provides an exhilarating driving experience, it never compromises its long-distance comfort and active safety. And in further fine-tuning the Trofeo, Maserati engineers have added a Corsa mode with launch control and incorporated an Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) system into the electric power steering system. The eight-speed automatic gearbox is programmed to reward spirited driving.

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