Currently, the Italian SUV is only sold with a diesel engine in the country
Maserati is set to introduce a petrol-powered variant of the Levante, the GTS, in India in the fourth quarter of 2018. The Levante GTS is powered by a Ferrari-sourced 3.8-litre V8 engine making 550PS of maximum power. It takes 4.2 seconds to reach 100kmph from a standstill.
In comparison, the diesel-powered Levante that’s on sale in India is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 engine that makes 275PS of maximum power. This lets it hit the 100kmph mark from a standstill in 6.9 seconds, slower than the petrol by 2.7 seconds.
The Levante diesel, prices for which were announced in January 2018, is available in India in three variants: standard, GranSport and GranLusso, with the base price starting from around Rs 1.45 crore. Expect the GTS to be more expensive that the diesel-powered variants. Looking for an SUV that's faster than the Ferrari-powered Levante? Read this.
Maserati recently revealed the Levante GTS at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and you can read more about it in the press release below.
World Premiere of the V8 Levante GTS at Goodwood Festival of Speed
New Levante GTS combines 550hp V8 power with Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system
Sporty yet sophisticated GTS exterior inspires MY19 Levante GranSport styling
India launch expected end of 4th Quarter 2018
Friday 13 July 2018, Modena: Maserati has chosen the 25th Goodwood Festival of Speed for the World Premiere of the V8 Maserati Levante GTS. The Festival of Speed, which since 1993 provides an exhilarating mix of glamorous cars and motorsport stars and is expected to attract more than 200,000 visitors over the four day event.
The Levante GTS Twin Turbo V8 maintains the V90 architecture of the 3.8-litre unit fitted in the flagship Quattroporte GTS but has been re-engineered to work with the Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System and retuned to deliver 550hp (404 kW) at 6,250 rpm and 730 Nm peak torque between 2,500 and 5,000 rpm. Like all Maserati petrol engines, this V8 is assembled by Ferrari in Maranello.
Thanks to its remarkable weight/power ratio of 3.9 kg/hp the Levante GTS takes only 4.2 seconds to reach 100 km/h, while its top speed is 292 km/h – performance figures of a modern supercar disguised in a high-end SUV body.
The rigid and perfectly balanced Levante chassis has been tuned to effortlessly handle the immense power of the GTS engine, providing a driving experience true to the “Gran Turismo” pedigree of this new V8 Maserati of SUVs.
The Levante’s unmistakable design embodied a new level of sportiness in the Trofeo version and the new GTS has adopted a similar styling theme, which focuses on the lower front fascia and the rear bumper, achieving a sporty yet sophisticated look.
Interior designers have come up with elegant ideas to create a distinctive environment within the Levante GTS cabin providing it as standard with standard Full Premium leather or full-grain Pieno Fiore natural leather as an option, sport pedals and Harman Kardon Audio system with 14 speakers.
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