Maserati Levante S hits New Zealand
The rather beastly twin-turbocharged 321kW Maserati Levante S has arrived as 2018 model year variant.
Sitting atop the Levante range currently populated by the Turbo, GranSport and GranLusso diesel models, the S will be available in the same trim levels. The big difference is swapping the engine for a twin-turbo V6 partly designed by Ferrari and manufactured in Ferrari’s Maranello factory. Featuring 321kW of power and 580Nm of torque, the Levante S is capable of hitting 100km/h in 5.2 seconds and hitting a vMax of 264km/h. A claimed fuel use figure of 10.9L/100km on the NEDC test cycle means CO2 emissions of 253g/km.
All versions of Levante come with the same eight-speed ZF transmission, Q4 all-wheel drive and a standard mechanical limited slip differential. Maserati says the all-wheel drive system can alter front/rear torque split from 0:100 to 50:50 in 150 milliseconds.
Inside, the Levante S is very similar to the Diesel models. GranLusso variants feature standard Zegna silk upholstery and MY18 examples will include doors that “gently and silently pull themselves shut when required.”
If you want to create a bespoke Levante, you have the option of no less than seven different alloy wheels, five of which are new for 2018. There are five interior trim choices, two steering wheels and four colours for the brake calipers, to name but a few of the available options.
For 2018 all Levante models come with electric power steering enabling active safety systems such as highway and lane keeping assist, active blind spot assist, and traffic sign recognition. Features such as the 360-degree camera that were previously optional are now standard.
The Maserati Levante S is on sale now with a starting price of $169,990 for the base model.