- Levante S has V6 3.0-litre twin-turbo engine
- Top speed of 164mph and 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds
- On sale now, with prices from £70,755
Petrol model added to Maserati Levante SUV range
When it was launched last year, Maserati's first SUV came only with a diesel engine, but buyers now also have the option of a much more powerful, and much more expensive, petrol-engined model
The engine in the new Levante S is the latest version of Maserati’s 3.0-litre V6; and, when it’s paired with the standard eight-speed automatic gearbox, the result is a 0-62mph time of 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 164mph.
That means it’s considerably quicker than the diesel-engined model, but that’s no huge surprise, as the petrol model is much more powerful, with 430- rather than 275bhp. However, the two develop much the same pulling power.
In the new petrol model, there are four drive modes – normal, I.C.E., Sport and Off-Road – and each one uses different settings, adjusting the responses of the engine, transmission, suspension and assistance systems to suit the driver’s preferences.
In addition, the car comes with air suspension and electronically-controlled shock absorbers, which the company says allows the car to combine a comfortable, but sporty feel on the road with surprising off-road capabilities.
As with other Maseratis, buyers can upgrade from the basic Levante S to two higher trim levels: GranLusso and GranSport.
The GranLusso model has metallic front skid plates, body-colour side skirts, black-painted brake callipers and 19-inch alloy wheels, while the interior features leather upholstery, wood trim and a leather steering wheel.
By contrast, GranSport comes with the grille, skid plates and roof rails all finished in black, blue inserts in the badges, red brake callipers and 20-inch wheels. The cabin, meanwhile, includes electrically adjustable leather sport seats, as well as sport pedals in brushed stainless steel.
The Maserati Levante S is available to order now, with prices starting at £70,755, which makes it more than £14,000 dearer than the equivalent diesel model.