Maserati has expanded its range of Trofeo models with the Levante SUV now joined by hotter versions of the Ghibli and Quattroporte saloons. Claimed to be the fastest Maserati saloons ever, the Ghibli also gains a V8 engine for the first time.
The V8 in question is a 3.8-litre, twin-turbocharged unit producing 575bhp at 6750rpm and 730Nm of torque. Assembled by Ferrari but to Maserati’s specifications, it results in a top speed of 203mph with the Ghibli cracking the 0-62mph sprint in 4.3 seconds. The larger Quattroporte takes an additional 0.2 seconds for the same benchmark. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission and limited slip differential.
Maserati’s Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) system is employed to marshal the various dynamic elements, while selecting Corsa mode results in faster gearshifts and a sharpening of the throttle response, along with lowering and stiffening of the double wishbone Skyhook suspension system. Launch Control is also included.
There are external revisions to identify the new Trofeo models, most notably a front grille featuring twin vertical bars and a Black Piano finish and the use of carbon-fibre for the front air duct trims and rear diffuser. Both models add a lightning bolt to the C-pillar Trident badge, while the Ghibli also sports a restyled bonnet incorporating air ducts for improved cooling.
Further styling changes over the regular saloons include 21-inch aluminium ‘Orione’ wheels and a design for the rear light clusters that Maserati say is inspired by those previously used on the 3200GT and Alfieri concept car. And in matching the colours of the Italian flag, the Ghibli is painted red with the Quattroporte in green. The Levante is available in white.
Inside, Trofeo models are distinguished by a new on-board display panel that features a unique interface when the engine is started, along with unique headrest badging and Pieno Fiore leather trim. There’s also new tech for the Maserati Intelligent Interface (MIA) which gains better resolution and a larger, 10.1-inch screen; the Levante makes do with an improved version of the previous 8.4-inch display.
Prices for the new Trofeo saloons kick-off at £103,890 for the Ghibli and £126,890 for the Quattroporte.
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