Press Kit: Levante GTS

Key features

The V8 Maserati of SUVs

  • Re-engineered 3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8 delivering 145 hp/litre specific output
  • New version for the European market: 530 hp power output at 6,250 rpm.
  • For all non-European markets the model launched in 2018, with power output of 550 hp at 6,250 rpm, is available
  • 730 Nm peak torque at 2,500 – 5,000 rpm
  • Remarkable weight/power ratio of 4.1 kg/hp (Europe), 3.9 kg/hp (other markets)
  • 0-100 km/h acceleration in 4.3 seconds and top speed 291 km/h (Europe), 4.2 seconds and top speed 292 km/h (other markets)
  • Chassis tuned for outstanding performance and exhilarating driving experience
  • Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system with rear Limited-Slip Differential (LSD)
  • Elegant, sport-oriented restyling focused on lower front fascia and rear bumper
  • Full Matrix LED headlights in option
  • Exclusive interiors featuring Full Premium Leather and sport oriented equipment
  • New gearshift lever with short travel and improved functionality
  • Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) for improved driving dynamics
  • V8 Levante born as a skunkworks engineering project
  • 2-year testing in diverse weather and all-road conditions around the world

Model Overview

The quintessential V8 Levante

A powerful Twin Turbo V8 on a finely tuned chassis combined with a state-of-the-art bodyshell, skilful restyling to renew its looks and an exclusive interior wrapped in Full Premium Leather deliver the quintessential SUV in terms of supreme performance, road handling and sporty DNA.

A powerful Levante version built around the mighty Twin Turbo V8 engine, till recently reserved for the flagship Quattroporte GTS, was pretty much anticipated by international media and car aficionados since the official launch of the Maserati SUV.

It took the Trident only two years to fit its powerful Twin Turbo V8 engine under the bonnet of its high-end SUV and offer two new top of the range versions: the super-sport 590 hp Levante Trofeo and the elegantly powerful Levante GTS – two of the most capable and exclusive SUVs ever built.

The Levante GTS is equipped with one of the most powerful engines ever fitted in a Maserati. The 3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8 engine is a re-engineered, upgraded version of the power unit fitted in the flagship Quattroporte GTS, delivering 530 hp in Europe (550 on other markets) at 6,250 rpm and 730 Nm peak torque at 2,500 – 5,000 rpm. Like any other Maserati petrol unit, this V8 has been developed by Maserati Powertrain in cooperation with Ferrari and is manufactured in its state-of-the art factory of Maranello.

Thanks to its remarkable weight/power ratio of 4.1 kg/hp (3.9 for other markets), the Levante GTS for the European network needs only 4.3 seconds to reach 100 km/h, while its top speed is 291 km/h (4.2 seconds and 292 km/h on other markets). Figures which befit a modern supercar masquerading as a high-end SUV. 

The chassis of the Levante GTS has been meticulously tuned to handle the higher power output, providing an exhilarating driving experience with no compromise in terms of long distance comfort and active safety.

The Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) system has been incorporated to offer even better driving dynamics and road holding, as well as the thrilling driving experience expected of a real Maserati. Alongside the Levante Trofeo, the new Levante GTS brings the GT philosophy in the SUV segment in its purest form.

The unmistakable Levante design achieves the utmost in sportiness in the GTS version. Thanks to an elegant restyling focused on the lower front fascia and the rear bumper, the Levante GTS boasts a more aggressive and, at the same time, even more sophisticated presence. 

Interior designers have come up with ways to create a distinctive environment within the Levante GTS cabin providing it with standard Full Premium Leather upholstery, sport pedals and Harman Kardon Audio system with 14 speakers. The human-machine interface has been further improved, featuring updated display graphics and improved climate system ergonomics.

The development of this new V8 Levante GTS is an interesting and special story on its own. It actually started as a skunkworks project by the Maserati technical centre in Modena, well before the official launch of the SUV model in 2016. The engineers built a V8 prototype intended to test the performance limits of the Levante platform.

The performance of that ground-breaking prototype inspired the Maserati top management to proceed with the development of not just one but two top of the range versions, both built around the Twin Turbo V8 engine.

The development phase officially commenced in summer 2016, following the World Premiere of the Levante. The engineers were given a challenging timeframe and they were immediately focused, in association with their counterparts in Ferrari, on mating the V8 engine with the Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system as well as on reaching the high performance targets of the project. They began by focusing on fine tuning of suspension and electronics, and the inclusion of the Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) in the ESP management.

In May 2017, Maserati engineers and testers were assigned around the world to test the first V8 “mule” prototypes with V8 engine on different kinds of road surface and in extreme weather conditions, ranging from the proving grounds of Balocco, Nardò and Barcelona to the twisty, desert or icy roads of Sierra Nevada, South Africa, Arizona and Lapland. The long-term testing activities covered countries and climates at opposite ends of the world, with temperatures ranging from -35°C to well over 40°C.

Sale of the Levante GTS in Europe was officially launched at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show.

Engine and Powertrain

3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8 and Q4 Intelligent AWD

The V8 of the Levante GTS is an evolution of the power unit fitted in the flagship 530 hp Quattroporte GTS. It maintains the same 3.8-litre capacity and the V90° architecture but has been re-engineered and significantly upgraded to deliver 550 hp at 6,250 rpm and 730 Nm peak torque at 2,500 – 5,000 rpm. Like all Maserati petrol units, it is assembled by Ferrari in Maranello, Italy.

The V8 of the Levante GTS is an evolution of the power unit fitted in the flagship Quattroporte GTS. It maintains the same 3.8-litre capacity and the V90° architecture but has been re-engineered to deliver the same 530 hp in Europe, and 550 hp in other markets, at 6,250 rpm and 730 Nm peak torque at 2,500 – 5,000 rpm. Like all Maserati petrol units, it is assembled by Ferrari in Maranello, Italy.

The mighty Twin Turbo V8 engine has been revised to accommodate the Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system for the first time. In order to make space for the drive shaft towards the front axle, Maserati designed a new crankcase with specific crankshaft assembly, new oil pump and auxiliary belt, as well as a different electric wiring layout.

Considering the maximum power objectives set for the two V8 Levante versions, a new engine mapping calibration wouldn’t be sufficient, so the technical department interfered seriously with the engine componentry. 

Two new parallel twin-scroll turbochargers - one for each cylinder bank - with specific wheel design were fitted, providing higher flow performance. Each turbocharger is fed with fresh air by a single intercooler.

The high-tumble cylinder heads are also redesigned and fitted with different camshafts and valves for improved combustion efficiency, higher performance and moderate consumption. Internal parts like pistons and connecting rods were also redesigned to allow reaching the maximum power targets in combination with a specific engine calibration mapping.

The Levante GTS is fitted with the eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox used on all the Levante versions, a unit acclaimed for its versatility and sporty character.

A redesigned gearshift lever with a more intuitive shift pattern, short travel and improved functionality controls the eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. The driver has the option to use the gearbox in either automatic (RND) or manual mode simply by shifting the lever from right to left. As a result, the M button has been eliminated on the central console, so the Sport driving mode and the Skyhook sport setting can be selected separately.

The new ‘P’ button on the gearshift lever effortlessly selects parking mode.

The Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive has been designed to deliver the "feel" of the traditional Maserati rear-wheel drive and is now updated to suit the requirements of the Levante GTS. In normal driving conditions, the Q4 provides 100% of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels. In low grip conditions and on slippery or uneven surfaces, or if the rear axle loses traction, the system takes just 150 milliseconds to switch to 50-50 torque distribution between the front and rear axles.

The GTS, like all Levante trims, is standard equipped with a mechanical Limited-Slip Differential (LSD) at the rear axle that guarantees optimal traction in all driving situations. The asymmetric locking feature offers 25% lock-up under power and 35% under release.

In conjunction with the Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system and the LSD, the torque-vectoring function considerably enhances the car’s sporty character: when cornering, the system distributes more torque to the outer wheels by applying a slight braking force to the inner wheels.

Chassis

Retuned suspension and Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC)

Superior performance and driving pleasure are integral to Levante’s character and the same qualities are remarkably amplified in the new GTS. The adoption of the V8 engine results in kerb weight increased by only 60 kg in comparison to the V6 petrol versions. Given the dramatic power increase – by no less than 120 hp compared to the Levante S – the GTS boasts an impressive weight/power ratio of 4.1 kg/hp (European version) and 3.9 kg/hp (other markets).

The chassis ensures outstanding levels of rigidity and provides very low centre of gravity as well as ideal 50:50 weight balance between the front and rear axle, shared by all Levante versions.

These virtues combined with finely tuned double-wishbone front / Multi-Link rear suspension and 265/40 front and 295/40 rear tyres fitted on 20-inch forged aluminium alloy wheels, endow the new Levante GTS with impressive balanced handling and lateral stability comparable to that of a modern supercar. As an option, this V8 version can be equipped with 21-inch or with the brand new 22-inch forged wheels fitted with 265/35 R22 – 295/30 R22 front – rear tyres. 

The chassis has been retuned to cope with ease with the extra power output of its Twin Turbo V8 and allows full use of all the engine's massive potential, providing an exhilarating driving experience with no compromises in terms of day-to-day usability, long distance comfort and active safety.

The suspension essentially shares the same components and geometry with the other Levante models. Suspension frame, wishbones, hub strut, towers and the crossbeam reinforcement are all made of light aluminium alloy, using a moulding technology that ensures greater rigidity without weight increase.

The Air Spring control has been tuned to fit the specific characteristics of the new Levante GTS and is appropriately optimized for each driving mode. The pneumatic system provides six different levels and 75 mm height variation from lowest to highest position. With the same engineering approach, the Skyhook Sport electronic suspension damping system has also been recalibrated to meet the handling needs of this new V8 engine model.

The Maserati Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) system has been incorporated in the ESP control for the first time in the new GTS and Trofeo versions. IVC uses a smart, feed-forward controller that predicts driving situations and adapts the engine speed and braking system capacity accordingly, providing superlative driving dynamics, better performance and more effective active safety.

The system helps drivers maintain control of their vehicle, instead of simply correcting “mistakes” as traditional Electronic Stability Program (ESP) systems do.

In its Levante GTS application, IVC is specifically tuned to decrease understeer tendencies, typical to SUV cars. An understeer/oversteer function inside the Electric Power Steering (EPS) control cooperates with the IVC system, resulting in a more natural and predictable driving feeling. The system instantly controls the steering torque on the steering wheel providing the driver with optimum feedback, especially in sporty driving.

The braking system deals superbly with the remarkable performance of the Levante GTS. The front brakes have adopted 6-piston aluminium Brembo monobloc calipers working on 380 mm drilled discs. Aluminium floating calipers with 330 mm x 22 mm ventilated drilled discs are fitted at the rear. The ABS has undergone a specific setup for this V8 version.

Exterior design

Sporty yet sophisticated styling theme

The unmistakable Levante design achieves the utmost in sportiness in the GTS version, without sacrificing an iota of elegance and sophistication. It is the outcome of the latest Maserati restyling programme, like the recently updated GranTurismo and Ghibli GranSport. Meticulous virtual environment simulations and extensive tests in the Turin wind tunnel have resulted in a drag coefficient Cx of 0.33.

The elegant restyling was mainly focused on the lower front fascia and the rear bumper. The side air intakes in the lower fascia feature a new, more aggressive design, defined by two aerodynamic wings that give a sense of further stability, visually “pushing” the weight of the car’s nose towards the massive front wheels. The characteristic side bezel blades and the lower splitter help improving the airflow distribution.

The rear end also looks wider and more muscular with a sharper horizontal element and a body-colour lower extractor embracing the four oval exhaust tips.

In detail, the Levante GTS features a front grille with double vertical bars and chromed perimeter, lower honeycomb mesh grille, body colour door handles and rear spoiler and high-performance red brake calipers.

The lower front splitter and the rear extractor are also body coloured. Combined with Black Piano inserts in the front and the rear bumper, these details provide the Levante GTS with a strikingly elegant sporty look. The specific V8 version is also distinguished for the GTS badge on the tailgate.

The new Levante GTS is available with Full Matrix LED headlights as optional equipment. Compared to the standard Bi-Xenon headlamps, LED technology offers 20% increased visibility, 32% cooler light and double life expectancy. 

The Full Matrix LED headlights utilize a digital camera mounted behind the rear-view mirror that supports the Glare-free High Beam detection system, allowing the driver to keep the high beam on without dazzling oncoming drivers. The system is able to create a shade in correspondence of other vehicles switching dynamically on and off the LED matrixes. The Full Matrix LED headlights can create up to four light tunnels simultaneously with each tunnel as large as the obstacle.

Interior design

Sporty interiors with Full Premium Leather

Interior designers have come up with elegant ways to create a distinctive environment inside the Levante GTS cabin. The double soul of the Maserati brand - elegance and sportiness - is visible as well as tangible in every single detail.

The sculpted sport seats, the door panels, the lower dashboard and the armrest are wrapped with Full Premium leather available in four colours: Black, Red, Tan and Beige. The elegant upholstery is available with contrast stitching and combined with specific single stitching on the door panels and Alcantara® headlining. All seats, as well as the sport steering wheel are heated, while front seats are ventilated. As an option, full-grain “Pieno Fiore” natural leather is also available in three colours (black, tan, red) with specific stitching on the seats and new, double stitching on the door panels.

The new gearshift lever features a powerful vertical structure fully wrapped with Premium leather, providing a comfortable grip feeling; it is also ornamented with a metal and black finish Maserati logo. The redesigned instrument cluster graphics resemble a chronograph dial and are inspired by the Maserati racing heritage, underlining the sportiness of the Levante GTS.

An array of interior details underlines the sporty character of the Levante GTS: Black Piano trim, aluminium paddle shifters, sport foot pedals, specific instrument cluster graphics and Maserati clock dial, illuminated door sills and chromed trunk sill, velour floor mats... All now standard outfit on the V8 version. The Levante GTS is also equipped with a 900W, 14-speaker Harman Kardon Premium Sound System providing a concert hall sound experience.

Like every Levante, the new GTS boasts a highly responsive interface unit that uses the Maserati Touch Control Plus (MTC+) with 8.4” capacitive touchscreen and a user-friendly rotary knob in the central console, providing intuitive control of the on-board systems. The high-resolution screen operates like a tablet, recognising drag, scroll, swipe and rotate gestures. The system includes digital radio, Bluetooth, satellite navigation supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

MTC+ also controls seat and steering wheel heating, front seat ventilation and the rear window blinds, if fitted. It has been further improved with updated display graphics and improved climate system ergonomics. The button that deactivates the Start&Stop function can now be dragged and dropped on the main screen bar for immediate access from every single menu.

The central lower console’s rotary knob is a high-quality forged aluminium component that offers intuitive control of audio volume and other infotainment system functions.

The driver can alter the ride height via the nearby rocker switch or by choosing different driving modes on the central console. The height variation from the lowest position to the highest is 75 mm – up to 85 mm with the Park level included.

Technical specifications

LEVANTE GTS TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Engine

Petrol 90° V8, twin-turbo - direct injection (GDI)

Displacement (cc)

3,799

Max. Power (hp @ rpm)

530 @ 6,250 (Europe) - 550 @ 6,250 (other markets)

Peak torque (Nm @ rpm)

730 @ 2,500 - 5,000

Fuel Consumption combined (l/100 km)

13.2 / 13.7

CO2 Emissions combined (gr/km)

313

0-100 Km/h (s)

4.3 (Europe) / 4.2 (other markets)

Top speed (km/h)

291 km/h (Europe) / 292 km/h (other markets)

100-0 km/h (m)

34.5

Gearbox

ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox

Transmission

Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive with rear Limited-Slip Differential

Front Suspension

Double-wishbone, adjustable Air Springs, Skyhook shock absorbers

Rear Suspension

Multi-Link, adjustable Air Springs, Skyhook shock absorbers

Length/width/height (mm)

5,020 / 1,968 / 1,698

Wheelbase (mm)

3,004

Kerb Weight (kg)

2,170

Tyres (standard)

265/45 R20 front - 295/40 R20 rear

Maserati Levante GTS

Key features

The V8 Maserati of SUVs

  • Re-engineered 3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8 delivering 145 hp/litre specific output
  • New version for the European market: 530 hp power output at 6,250 rpm.
  • For all non-European markets the model launched in 2018, with power output of 550 hp at 6,250 rpm, is available
  • 730 Nm peak torque at 2,500 – 5,000 rpm
  • Remarkable weight/power ratio of 4.1 kg/hp (Europe), 3.9 kg/hp (other markets)
  • 0-100 km/h acceleration in 4.3 seconds and top speed 291 km/h (Europe), 4.2 seconds and top speed 292 km/h (other markets)
  • Chassis tuned for outstanding performance and exhilarating driving experience
  • Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system with rear Limited-Slip Differential (LSD)
  • Elegant, sport-oriented restyling focused on lower front fascia and rear bumper
  • Full Matrix LED headlights in option
  • Exclusive interiors featuring Full Premium Leather and sport oriented equipment
  • New gearshift lever with short travel and improved functionality
  • Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) for improved driving dynamics
  • V8 Levante born as a skunkworks engineering project
  • 2-year testing in diverse weather and all-road conditions around the world

Model Overview

The quintessential V8 Levante

A powerful Twin Turbo V8 on a finely tuned chassis combined with a state-of-the-art bodyshell, skilful restyling to renew its looks and an exclusive interior wrapped in Full Premium Leather deliver the quintessential SUV in terms of supreme performance, road handling and sporty DNA.

A powerful Levante version built around the mighty Twin Turbo V8 engine, till recently reserved for the flagship Quattroporte GTS, was pretty much anticipated by international media and car aficionados since the official launch of the Maserati SUV.

It took the Trident only two years to fit its powerful Twin Turbo V8 engine under the bonnet of its high-end SUV and offer two new top of the range versions: the super-sport 590 hp Levante Trofeo and the elegantly powerful Levante GTS – two of the most capable and exclusive SUVs ever built.

The Levante GTS is equipped with one of the most powerful engines ever fitted in a Maserati. The 3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8 engine is a re-engineered, upgraded version of the power unit fitted in the flagship Quattroporte GTS, delivering 530 hp in Europe (550 on other markets) at 6,250 rpm and 730 Nm peak torque at 2,500 – 5,000 rpm. Like any other Maserati petrol unit, this V8 has been developed by Maserati Powertrain in cooperation with Ferrari and is manufactured in its state-of-the art factory of Maranello.

Thanks to its remarkable weight/power ratio of 4.1 kg/hp (3.9 for other markets), the Levante GTS for the European network needs only 4.3 seconds to reach 100 km/h, while its top speed is 291 km/h (4.2 seconds and 292 km/h on other markets). Figures which befit a modern supercar masquerading as a high-end SUV. 

The chassis of the Levante GTS has been meticulously tuned to handle the higher power output, providing an exhilarating driving experience with no compromise in terms of long distance comfort and active safety.

The Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) system has been incorporated to offer even better driving dynamics and road holding, as well as the thrilling driving experience expected of a real Maserati. Alongside the Levante Trofeo, the new Levante GTS brings the GT philosophy in the SUV segment in its purest form.

The unmistakable Levante design achieves the utmost in sportiness in the GTS version. Thanks to an elegant restyling focused on the lower front fascia and the rear bumper, the Levante GTS boasts a more aggressive and, at the same time, even more sophisticated presence. 

Interior designers have come up with ways to create a distinctive environment within the Levante GTS cabin providing it with standard Full Premium Leather upholstery, sport pedals and Harman Kardon Audio system with 14 speakers. The human-machine interface has been further improved, featuring updated display graphics and improved climate system ergonomics.

The development of this new V8 Levante GTS is an interesting and special story on its own. It actually started as a skunkworks project by the Maserati technical centre in Modena, well before the official launch of the SUV model in 2016. The engineers built a V8 prototype intended to test the performance limits of the Levante platform.

The performance of that ground-breaking prototype inspired the Maserati top management to proceed with the development of not just one but two top of the range versions, both built around the Twin Turbo V8 engine.

The development phase officially commenced in summer 2016, following the World Premiere of the Levante. The engineers were given a challenging timeframe and they were immediately focused, in association with their counterparts in Ferrari, on mating the V8 engine with the Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system as well as on reaching the high performance targets of the project. They began by focusing on fine tuning of suspension and electronics, and the inclusion of the Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) in the ESP management.

In May 2017, Maserati engineers and testers were assigned around the world to test the first V8 “mule” prototypes with V8 engine on different kinds of road surface and in extreme weather conditions, ranging from the proving grounds of Balocco, Nardò and Barcelona to the twisty, desert or icy roads of Sierra Nevada, South Africa, Arizona and Lapland. The long-term testing activities covered countries and climates at opposite ends of the world, with temperatures ranging from -35°C to well over 40°C.

Sale of the Levante GTS in Europe was officially launched at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show.

Engine and Powertrain

3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8 and Q4 Intelligent AWD

The V8 of the Levante GTS is an evolution of the power unit fitted in the flagship 530 hp Quattroporte GTS. It maintains the same 3.8-litre capacity and the V90° architecture but has been re-engineered and significantly upgraded to deliver 550 hp at 6,250 rpm and 730 Nm peak torque at 2,500 – 5,000 rpm. Like all Maserati petrol units, it is assembled by Ferrari in Maranello, Italy.

The V8 of the Levante GTS is an evolution of the power unit fitted in the flagship Quattroporte GTS. It maintains the same 3.8-litre capacity and the V90° architecture but has been re-engineered to deliver the same 530 hp in Europe, and 550 hp in other markets, at 6,250 rpm and 730 Nm peak torque at 2,500 – 5,000 rpm. Like all Maserati petrol units, it is assembled by Ferrari in Maranello, Italy.

The mighty Twin Turbo V8 engine has been revised to accommodate the Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system for the first time. In order to make space for the drive shaft towards the front axle, Maserati designed a new crankcase with specific crankshaft assembly, new oil pump and auxiliary belt, as well as a different electric wiring layout.

Considering the maximum power objectives set for the two V8 Levante versions, a new engine mapping calibration wouldn’t be sufficient, so the technical department interfered seriously with the engine componentry. 

Two new parallel twin-scroll turbochargers - one for each cylinder bank - with specific wheel design were fitted, providing higher flow performance. Each turbocharger is fed with fresh air by a single intercooler.

The high-tumble cylinder heads are also redesigned and fitted with different camshafts and valves for improved combustion efficiency, higher performance and moderate consumption. Internal parts like pistons and connecting rods were also redesigned to allow reaching the maximum power targets in combination with a specific engine calibration mapping.

The Levante GTS is fitted with the eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox used on all the Levante versions, a unit acclaimed for its versatility and sporty character.

A redesigned gearshift lever with a more intuitive shift pattern, short travel and improved functionality controls the eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. The driver has the option to use the gearbox in either automatic (RND) or manual mode simply by shifting the lever from right to left. As a result, the M button has been eliminated on the central console, so the Sport driving mode and the Skyhook sport setting can be selected separately.

The new ‘P’ button on the gearshift lever effortlessly selects parking mode.

The Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive has been designed to deliver the "feel" of the traditional Maserati rear-wheel drive and is now updated to suit the requirements of the Levante GTS. In normal driving conditions, the Q4 provides 100% of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels. In low grip conditions and on slippery or uneven surfaces, or if the rear axle loses traction, the system takes just 150 milliseconds to switch to 50-50 torque distribution between the front and rear axles.

The GTS, like all Levante trims, is standard equipped with a mechanical Limited-Slip Differential (LSD) at the rear axle that guarantees optimal traction in all driving situations. The asymmetric locking feature offers 25% lock-up under power and 35% under release.

In conjunction with the Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system and the LSD, the torque-vectoring function considerably enhances the car’s sporty character: when cornering, the system distributes more torque to the outer wheels by applying a slight braking force to the inner wheels.

Chassis

Retuned suspension and Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC)

Superior performance and driving pleasure are integral to Levante’s character and the same qualities are remarkably amplified in the new GTS. The adoption of the V8 engine results in kerb weight increased by only 60 kg in comparison to the V6 petrol versions. Given the dramatic power increase – by no less than 120 hp compared to the Levante S – the GTS boasts an impressive weight/power ratio of 4.1 kg/hp (European version) and 3.9 kg/hp (other markets).

The chassis ensures outstanding levels of rigidity and provides very low centre of gravity as well as ideal 50:50 weight balance between the front and rear axle, shared by all Levante versions.

These virtues combined with finely tuned double-wishbone front / Multi-Link rear suspension and 265/40 front and 295/40 rear tyres fitted on 20-inch forged aluminium alloy wheels, endow the new Levante GTS with impressive balanced handling and lateral stability comparable to that of a modern supercar. As an option, this V8 version can be equipped with 21-inch or with the brand new 22-inch forged wheels fitted with 265/35 R22 – 295/30 R22 front – rear tyres. 

The chassis has been retuned to cope with ease with the extra power output of its Twin Turbo V8 and allows full use of all the engine's massive potential, providing an exhilarating driving experience with no compromises in terms of day-to-day usability, long distance comfort and active safety.

The suspension essentially shares the same components and geometry with the other Levante models. Suspension frame, wishbones, hub strut, towers and the crossbeam reinforcement are all made of light aluminium alloy, using a moulding technology that ensures greater rigidity without weight increase.

The Air Spring control has been tuned to fit the specific characteristics of the new Levante GTS and is appropriately optimized for each driving mode. The pneumatic system provides six different levels and 75 mm height variation from lowest to highest position. With the same engineering approach, the Skyhook Sport electronic suspension damping system has also been recalibrated to meet the handling needs of this new V8 engine model.

The Maserati Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) system has been incorporated in the ESP control for the first time in the new GTS and Trofeo versions. IVC uses a smart, feed-forward controller that predicts driving situations and adapts the engine speed and braking system capacity accordingly, providing superlative driving dynamics, better performance and more effective active safety.

The system helps drivers maintain control of their vehicle, instead of simply correcting “mistakes” as traditional Electronic Stability Program (ESP) systems do.

In its Levante GTS application, IVC is specifically tuned to decrease understeer tendencies, typical to SUV cars. An understeer/oversteer function inside the Electric Power Steering (EPS) control cooperates with the IVC system, resulting in a more natural and predictable driving feeling. The system instantly controls the steering torque on the steering wheel providing the driver with optimum feedback, especially in sporty driving.

The braking system deals superbly with the remarkable performance of the Levante GTS. The front brakes have adopted 6-piston aluminium Brembo monobloc calipers working on 380 mm drilled discs. Aluminium floating calipers with 330 mm x 22 mm ventilated drilled discs are fitted at the rear. The ABS has undergone a specific setup for this V8 version.

Exterior design

Sporty yet sophisticated styling theme

The unmistakable Levante design achieves the utmost in sportiness in the GTS version, without sacrificing an iota of elegance and sophistication. It is the outcome of the latest Maserati restyling programme, like the recently updated GranTurismo and Ghibli GranSport. Meticulous virtual environment simulations and extensive tests in the Turin wind tunnel have resulted in a drag coefficient Cx of 0.33.

The elegant restyling was mainly focused on the lower front fascia and the rear bumper. The side air intakes in the lower fascia feature a new, more aggressive design, defined by two aerodynamic wings that give a sense of further stability, visually “pushing” the weight of the car’s nose towards the massive front wheels. The characteristic side bezel blades and the lower splitter help improving the airflow distribution.

The rear end also looks wider and more muscular with a sharper horizontal element and a body-colour lower extractor embracing the four oval exhaust tips.

In detail, the Levante GTS features a front grille with double vertical bars and chromed perimeter, lower honeycomb mesh grille, body colour door handles and rear spoiler and high-performance red brake calipers.

The lower front splitter and the rear extractor are also body coloured. Combined with Black Piano inserts in the front and the rear bumper, these details provide the Levante GTS with a strikingly elegant sporty look. The specific V8 version is also distinguished for the GTS badge on the tailgate.

The new Levante GTS is available with Full Matrix LED headlights as optional equipment. Compared to the standard Bi-Xenon headlamps, LED technology offers 20% increased visibility, 32% cooler light and double life expectancy. 

The Full Matrix LED headlights utilize a digital camera mounted behind the rear-view mirror that supports the Glare-free High Beam detection system, allowing the driver to keep the high beam on without dazzling oncoming drivers. The system is able to create a shade in correspondence of other vehicles switching dynamically on and off the LED matrixes. The Full Matrix LED headlights can create up to four light tunnels simultaneously with each tunnel as large as the obstacle.

Interior design

Sporty interiors with Full Premium Leather

Interior designers have come up with elegant ways to create a distinctive environment inside the Levante GTS cabin. The double soul of the Maserati brand - elegance and sportiness - is visible as well as tangible in every single detail.

The sculpted sport seats, the door panels, the lower dashboard and the armrest are wrapped with Full Premium leather available in four colours: Black, Red, Tan and Beige. The elegant upholstery is available with contrast stitching and combined with specific single stitching on the door panels and Alcantara® headlining. All seats, as well as the sport steering wheel are heated, while front seats are ventilated. As an option, full-grain “Pieno Fiore” natural leather is also available in three colours (black, tan, red) with specific stitching on the seats and new, double stitching on the door panels.

The new gearshift lever features a powerful vertical structure fully wrapped with Premium leather, providing a comfortable grip feeling; it is also ornamented with a metal and black finish Maserati logo. The redesigned instrument cluster graphics resemble a chronograph dial and are inspired by the Maserati racing heritage, underlining the sportiness of the Levante GTS.

An array of interior details underlines the sporty character of the Levante GTS: Black Piano trim, aluminium paddle shifters, sport foot pedals, specific instrument cluster graphics and Maserati clock dial, illuminated door sills and chromed trunk sill, velour floor mats... All now standard outfit on the V8 version. The Levante GTS is also equipped with a 900W, 14-speaker Harman Kardon Premium Sound System providing a concert hall sound experience.

Like every Levante, the new GTS boasts a highly responsive interface unit that uses the Maserati Touch Control Plus (MTC+) with 8.4” capacitive touchscreen and a user-friendly rotary knob in the central console, providing intuitive control of the on-board systems. The high-resolution screen operates like a tablet, recognising drag, scroll, swipe and rotate gestures. The system includes digital radio, Bluetooth, satellite navigation supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

MTC+ also controls seat and steering wheel heating, front seat ventilation and the rear window blinds, if fitted. It has been further improved with updated display graphics and improved climate system ergonomics. The button that deactivates the Start&Stop function can now be dragged and dropped on the main screen bar for immediate access from every single menu.

The central lower console’s rotary knob is a high-quality forged aluminium component that offers intuitive control of audio volume and other infotainment system functions.

The driver can alter the ride height via the nearby rocker switch or by choosing different driving modes on the central console. The height variation from the lowest position to the highest is 75 mm – up to 85 mm with the Park level included.

Technical specifications

LEVANTE GTS TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Engine

Petrol 90° V8, twin-turbo - direct injection (GDI)

Displacement (cc)

3,799

Max. Power (hp @ rpm)

530 @ 6,250 (Europe) - 550 @ 6,250 (other markets)

Peak torque (Nm @ rpm)

730 @ 2,500 - 5,000

Fuel Consumption combined (l/100 km)

13.2 / 13.7

CO2 Emissions combined (gr/km)

313

0-100 Km/h (s)

4.3 (Europe) / 4.2 (other markets)

Top speed (km/h)

291 km/h (Europe) / 292 km/h (other markets)

100-0 km/h (m)

34.5

Gearbox

ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox

Transmission

Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive with rear Limited-Slip Differential

Front Suspension

Double-wishbone, adjustable Air Springs, Skyhook shock absorbers

Rear Suspension

Multi-Link, adjustable Air Springs, Skyhook shock absorbers

Length/width/height (mm)

5,020 / 1,968 / 1,698

Wheelbase (mm)

3,004

Kerb Weight (kg)

2,170

Tyres (standard)

265/45 R20 front - 295/40 R20 rear

Documents

Maserati Levante GTS Press Kit EN
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