Maserati launched its most exclusive, high-performance SUV, the Levante Trofeo, at the Chengdu Motor Show.
Only 88 of the cars are allocated to China likely to ensure an almost instant sell-out given cashed-up Chinese consumers’ penchant for all these exclusive. Afterall, in 2016, Maserati opened a flagship store on Alibaba’s Tmall online department store and sold an entire allotment of 100 Levante SUVs in just 18 seconds.
The Maserati Levante Trofeo SUV is built around a twin-turbo V8 engine supplied by Ferrari, and is capable of reaching 100kph from standstill in just 3.9 seconds, a figure more likely to come from a two-door supercar than a family-friendly SUV. It has a top speed of 304kph.
“When you awaken the spirit of the elements, it’s inevitable that you end up in a storm,” said Alberto Cavaggioni, MD of Maserati China. “With the Trofeo, we summoned one of the finest engines on Earth and paired it with the sophisticated style and boundless luxury that underlie the Maserati mark. The result is one of the most powerfully dynamic vehicles for adventurers who demand the most exclusive experiences life has to offer.”
The Levante Trofeo is eye-catching even standing still, with Full Matrix LED headlights, a front grille with double vertical bars in black piano finish and a honeycomb mesh fascia paired with carbon fibre elements such as the side bezel blades and splitter which help improve airflow distribution and add functionality to the exterior, as well as looking mean.
Inside, the Levante Trofeo features a luxurious, congenial, crafted interior. Maserati applies the most stringent standards in selecting the material used in the interior. Sculpted sport seats, come in black, red or tan leather, with contrasting stitching and a Trofeo logo stitched into the headrests.
A surround sound audio system designed by Bowers & Wilkins features an astonishing 17-speakers – perhaps leading passengers to believe they’re in a concert hall.
If you live in China and you want to buy one of these magnificent machines, it will cost you a mere RMB1,958,000 – that’s roughly US$286,000.