Though there’s no confirmation yet, the brand’s general manager for Europe, Giulio Pastore, has implied that the Quattroporte GTS’ 3.8-litre motor may find its way on to the Levante in a different state of tune. This 523bhp biturbo eight-cylinder engine that makes 710Nm of torque is expected to suffice on a performance oriented Levante. It is possible that this version could earn the ‘GTS’ suffix, and going by the current Levante S’ capability of 0-100kmph in 5.2sec, this iteration should hit 100kmph in less than five seconds before posting higher maximum speeds.
Though the brand still believes that the market for SUVs with more than 500bhp needs to be more attractive, the company will have to do its homework to find out if a hotter Levante makes business sense. Maserati is also not eager for a Levante coupe or a smaller crossover iteration of the SUV.
Stay tuned to Carwale for more information on the performance oriented Levante.