Maserati unveils new Trofeo range

And it includes the first ever Ghibli with a twin-turbo V8 engine.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Maserati adds to the Trofeo range, increasing its lineup from the Levante to the all-new Quattroporte Trofeo and the first ever turbo V8 powered Ghibli, along with a facelift to the existing Levante Trofeo. All featuring incredible Ferrari sourced 3,799cc twin-turbocharged V8 engines, the Trofeo range pumps out a whopping 433kW (580hp) of power and 730Nm of torque – and they mean competition for the German giants.

Each Trofeo model comprises of a new look, with unmistakable styling from a new grille, carbon fibre exterior trim and larger 21″ and 22″ Orione wheels. The press models come out in elegant colours, each representing a third of the Italian flag – green for Quattroporte, white for Levante and red for Ghibli.

The Levante has received a rear-end restyle, with new light clusters which Maserati states is inspired by the 3200 GT and Alfieri concept car. In terms of technology, all cars feature new driving aid features, including an updated ‘ADAS’ system which assists the driver on urban roads and highways. The Levante retains the previous 8.4″ display, however the Ghibli and Quattroporte feature new enlarged 10.1″ on-board displays, and contains a full range of Maserati services available to the driver.

Perhaps the most exciting reveal is the Ghibli. It features an air-ducted bonnet and side air vents like the current Levante Trofeo, and if these don’t give you enough hints that it means business, a large badge screams the word ‘trofeo’ on the side.

In terms of driving performance, the Ghibli has been fitted with a thrilling limited-slip differential to help get the power down to the ground while the Quattroporte retains an open diff setup; and both feature an advanced ‘Integrated Vehicle Control’ (IVC) system which aims to improve driving dynamics. If that’s not enough for you, a ‘Corsa’ mode enables the driver to set the car up for an even sportier drive.

Top speed for both the the 433kW (580hp) Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo sits at a whopping 326km/h, making the duo the fastest Maserati sedans ever produced. In terms of acceleration, the Ghibli manages to hit 100km/h from a standstill in just 4.3 seconds – the Quattroporte trailing behind slightly at 4.5 seconds. Quite impressive for a pair of two tonne rear wheel drive luxury saloons.

In Australia, the Levante will be sold in a more powerful 440kW (590hp) state of tune, a 7kW increase on the model sold in most other markets. Paired with a Q4 AWD system; it manages to reach 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds (4.1 seconds for most other markets).

Maserati claims that the trio of performance cars achieve “the pinnacle of performance, sportiness and luxury.”

AutoNews Australia

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