Maserati PH Launches Maserati Levante Trofeo

Maserati PH Launches Maserati Levante Trofeo
Maserati Philippines has launched the Maserati Levante Trofeo, the most powerful version of the Italian carmaker's midsize luxury crossover.
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First launched in March 2018 at the New York International Auto Show, the Levante Trofeo has a 3.8-liter Twin Turbo V8 engine made by Ferrari that has been mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and the Q4 intelligent all-wheel drive system from the Maserati Quattroporte to produce 590 hp and 730 Nm of torque and an output of 156 hp/liter--the highest out of any Maserati engine. The Levante Trofeo also has a weight/power ratio of 3.6 kg/hp and only needs 3.9 seconds to reach 100 kph and 34.5 meters of braking distance to get back to a complete stop. Furthermore, the Levante Trofeo has a low center of gravity and the perfect 50:50 weight balance--which is supposedly common in all Levante models--and rides on tuned double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspensions and 22-inch forged aluminum wheels, to endow it "with remarkably balanced handling and lateral stability." Lastly, for the first time in a Levante, the Levante Trofeo has been fitted with Maserati's Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) system which improves the vehicle's driving dynamics and performance by helping prevent vehicle instability, instead of correcting "driver mistakes" as a traditional Electronic Stability Program (ESP) system does. "It's proof that when you play with the elements, you end up in a storm," said Maserati CEO Tim Kuniskis. "In the case of Trofeo, the engineers and designers in Modena knew that the driveline parameters were more than able to cope with additional power and they also knew that Maserati had access to the finest engines on earth. So, they were up to the challenge of making the finest luxury SUV also one of the fastest."
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Design-wise, the Levante Trofeo has a front grille with double vertical bars in a piano-black finish and lower honeycomb mesh fascia, as well as body-color door handles, oval exhaust tips in a dark finish, and performance brake calipers painted in either red, blue, black, silver, or yellow. And to cap it off, the 'Saetta' Trofeo logo adorns the C-pillars of the coupé-styled crossover. The side air intakes in the lower fascia feature a new, more aggressive design, with two aerodynamic wings that give a sense of further stability, to visually "push" the weight of the car's nose towards the massive front wheels. And to help improve the airflow distribution, the Levante Trofeo is outfitted with carbon-fiber side bezel blades and a carbon-fiber splitter. The rear end also looks wider and more muscular with a sharper carbon-fiber horizontal element and body-color lower extractor that embraces the oval quad exhaust tips. Specific details, like the lower splitter, the blade side bezels in the front air intakes, the side skirt inserts, and the rear extractor are made of ultralight, high-gloss carbon fiber, giving the Levante Trofeo a polished racing look. Even the hood is new, featuring two aggressive vents for better cylinder head cooling. Under the hood, the engine cover is also made of high-gloss carbon-fiber featuring a V8 inscription and the iconic Trident logo, while the cylinder heads and intake manifolds are painted red--Ferrari-style.
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For its interior, the Levante Trofeo has sculpted sport seats that feature a premium full-grain 'Pieno Fiore' natural leather available in black, red, and tan, all with contrast stitching and the 'Trofeo' logo stitched on the headrests. According to Maserati, the 'Pieno Fiore' is like no other leather used in the automotive industry for its natural, soft feel and for the unique character it develops throughout the years. A new matte carbon-fiber trim and paddle shifters, specific instrument cluster graphics, floor mats with metal 'Trofeo' badges and a Maserati clock with a unique dial elegantly underline the exclusive sporty character of the Levante Trofeo. The Maserati Levante Trofeo can be viewed now at the Maserati and Ferrari showroom at the corner of 32nd and 4th Street at Crescent Park West in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

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