Maserati has revealed its second V8-powered Levante at Goodwood this week and while not as potent as the recently revealed Trofeo it will be all the SUV most families need.
Installed with the same Ferrari-built 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 found in the range-topping Trofeo, the GTS gets a slightly milder tune but remains lighting quick.
The re-engineered Quattroporte GTS engine produces 404kW at 6250rpm and 730Nm from 2500-5000rpm, down 36kW and 40Nm on its SUV sibling, and rockets from 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds on to a top speed of 292km/h. Behind the Maranello-built motor is an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission powering all four-wheels and a mechanical rear limited-slip differential.
Bringing the two-tonne Italian to a halt are six-piston callipers over 380mm brake rotors upfront and 330mm rotors on the rear finished in unique red paint.
GTS-specific chassis tweaks include six levels of Air Spring control that cover 75mm changes in ride height and matching tuned dampers. Suspension modes are controlled via Maserati’s Integrated Vehicle Control that brings further tweaks to the Q4 all-wheel drive system for greater rear-wheel drive bias.
Sitting above the current six-cylinder range on offer, the GTS is made distinctive with the same rear and front bumper as on the Trofeo, chrome grille surround with blacked-out vertical slats, lower honeycomb-grille inserts, fog lamps, led matrix headlights, body coloured front splitter and rear diffuser and, of course, a GTS badge. It rides on 20-inch large alloys, but further 21- and 22-inch alloys are available.
Inside the GTS is distinguished by its bespoke full-grain Fioro Pieno leather in a selection of colours, Alcantara headliner, unique instrument cluster, a 14-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system and aluminium sports pedals.
Like the rest of the 2019 Levante range, the GTS is available in 11 new exterior colours and also comes with a new infotainment system and revised shift selector with improved shift pattern.
Both V8 Levantes are yet to be confirmed for Australia but knowing our penchant for powerful SUVs at least one model should make its way here.