When the Maserati Levante, the first SUV of the mark of the trident, was presented at the last Geneva motor show, we met their range of engines. The Maserati Levante will be marketed with two engines, 3.0 V6 supercharged petrol with 350 and 430 HP, respectively, in addition to the 3.0 V6 diesel 275 HP. But what is a V8 engine? it is what many were waiting for the Lift.
What is certain is that there are things that make us think that in the future the Maserati Levante could see getting a V8 engine of petrol to its range, such as variant more prestacional. Davide Danesin, engineer of Maserati in charge of the product lines of Maserati, has confirmed that as a prototype for the Maserati Levante V8 there is. Currently, the Maserati Quattroporte GTS uses a motor V8 3.8-liter that sends 530 HP to the rear wheels.
The Maserati Levante is based on the same platform as the Ghibli and Levante, so you should not have problems to be able to mount the V8 engine that already has the prototype. In addition, unlike the Quattroporte GTS, the Lift V8 would be standard with a system of awd. With an engine of similar characteristics, the Maserati Levante could face up to models like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo or Turbo S or the Range Rover Sport SVR, all with powers above 500 horses.
The only thing that could hamper the emergence of a Maserati Levante V8 would be the difficulty of amortizing the investment. The SUV of more than 500 horses is a segment that moves about 12,000 units per year and that seems to be determining the demand of the gasoline engines in the Levant. If the bulk of the sales are concentrated on the Maserati Levante S 430 HP, it will be easier for us to see a V8 that if the gasoline 350 HP is the most popular.
it has Also been known that when they receive their restyling of half-life cycle, both the Maserati Ghibli as the Quattroporte will have the new generation of V6 engines gasoline, which were released by the Lift. As well, the 3.0 V6 of 330 HP Ghibli would deliver 350 HP, while the more powerful version is set to reach 430 HP, going from 409 current. The power enhancements have their origin in the electronic programming of the engine as well as modifications to the camshafts and cylinder heads.
Source – Coach