523bhp Maserati Levante now on sale in the UK

Another V8 powered version of Maserati's Levante has landed and rivals the Jaguar F-Pace SVR

The new Maserati Levante GTS has gone on sale in Britain, with a price tag of £104,900 for the brand’s Jaguar F-Pace SVR rival. 

It’s a price tag that eclipses nearly all of its rivals by a considerable amount – the new BMW X3 M, Mercedes GLC 63 S and the Jaguar can all be had for much less with more power.

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It uses a 3.8-litre twin turbo eight cylinder motor developing 523bhp. Peak torque of 730Nm is delivered between 2,500rpm and 5,000rpm, and power is sent to FCA’s Q4 all-wheel-drive system through an eight-speed ZF gearbox.

From a performance perspective, Maserati claims that the Levante GTS will reel off the 0-62mph dash in 4.2 seconds, while top speed is pegged at 181mph. That means it can’t out accelerate its sister car – the V6 powered Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio – but that VMAX figure makes the Levante GTS comfortably one of the fastest SUVs on the planet.

Maserati’s designers have injected the Levante GTS with similar styling tweaks to the more powerful Trofeo. It sports a new, more aggressive and lower front end, while it sits on fresh alloy wheels too, 22-inches in size.

Tweaks in the cabin are subtler. The Levante GTS forgoes any individual interior design changes, but features sports pedals and full premium leather upholstery as standard, with a Harman Kardon premium stereo with 14 speakers on the options list.

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