News & Media

The world’s most beautiful vintage cars

Posted by micetimes.asia on 24 September 2018

1. Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Figoni Coupé Fastback (1948)

2f9fac9ee3d857f216d631c81cffbce7001c3943d6636fbb269ab24024b8e1fa597790921aed1bf469ed309ea87c43f1

 

2. Maserati A6GCS Frua Spyder (1955)

8f467125617c25ac66120ccdd617f495b9a388a906ef7bc2fe08a1aa4fca61d1

 

3. Mercedes-Benz 710 SS (1929)

f979f2e2933117fc0ff9f029a7db48e3a1e5da53ee27c0f3092a0303de2a3eaa8ef4775661158428081e7be88a5f3e58

 

4. Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Cabriolet Series I (1957)

7d4c8f49aa78cd27ac6a34fa225094bc6448a83cca14d2af3b0d1207e6f21c6d

 

5. Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta (1937)

4cc987a66bdd679b96680f4104706956c4905e220beec8335eef3a95243342a8

 

 

Read the full post

Alfa Romeo models make it into UK's top ten most reliable car brands

Posted by www.voxy.co.nz on 24 September 2018

Tags: , ,

2018 alfa romeo giulia quadrifoglio 10 640x360 c2

The latest Alfa Romeo Giulia and Giulietta models have driven Alfa Romeo into the top ten most durable and reliable car brands in a massive survey by leading UK magazine ‘What Car?’.

After surveying more than 18,000 car owners Alfa Romeo recorded a score of 95.5 per cent, putting the Italian brand in eighth place overall for cars between one and four years old. This pitched Alfa Romeo well ahead of the premium German brands normally lauded for their durability and reliability which did not even manage to break into the top 15 over the same period.

"Some people might be surprised to see Alfa Romeo in the top 10, but What Car?'s annual reliability survey has consistently shown that Alfa Romeo builds some of the most dependable cars around," says ‘What Car?’ Editor Steve Huntingford. "Combined with the striking looks and fun handling that its latest models offer, it means you can buy a new Alfa Romeo with your head as well as your heart."

Bought by more than 55,000 people every month in the UK, ‘What Car?’ is dedicated to helping new car buyers make the best possible choice of car, not just when it is sitting in the showroom, but as their annual reliability survey demonstrates, when it is in the hands of its owners years after leaving the showroom. The ‘What Car?’ Reliability Survey gathered data from owners across 31 brands and 159 models, with survey respondents covering an average of nearly 15,000 km a year to complete their detailed survey forms that listed faults, repair costs and warranty claims.

Alfa Romeo was driven into the top ten by the Giulietta and the Giulia, the newly launched Stelvio has not been available for sufficient time to be included in the latest survey. The Giulietta is available in New Zealand in Veloce form with a recommended retail price of $49,990 plus on road costs. The Alfa Romeo Giulia opens its account in New Zealand with an RRP of $69,990 plus on road costs for the 147 kW Giulia Super, while the 206 kW Veloce is priced at an RRP of $84,990, while the barnstorming 375 kW Giulia Quadrifoglio has $144,990 RRP plus on roads.

170915 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sport HP1A

Read the full post

An Evening with Simon Gault hosted by Euromarque Alfa Romeo

Posted by Euromarque on 21 September 2018

Tags: , ,

Celebrity chef, Masterchef judge, motoring enthusiast and Alfa Romeo ambassador Simon Gault entertained Euromarque customers and staff last evening at a special Alfa Romeo event. 
Celebrating all things Italian and life in general, Simon talked of his love of Italian food, Italian culture and Italian motoring - especially in his newest Alfa Romeo - a Giulia Quadrifoglio!

IMG 1176IMG 1190IMG 1179IMG 1167IMG 1200

Read the full post

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Review

Posted by Steve Clark, gtspirit.com on 17 September 2018

It’s a revelation having Alfa Romeo back in the United States. Unlike other car companies doing business in the US, every single car and SUV it produces and offers here in North America is focused on performance and driving. As such, each car they’ve delivered to us has been a terrific experience, from the tiny but engaging 4C to the new Stelvio Quadrifoglio. As someone who loves driving good cars, this is encouraging.

Earlier this year we reviewed the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sport. We found it to be a very capable SUV; comfortable for the driver and passengers, with a peppy engine and sharp handling. It was on the sportier side of the SUV market and we felt it was a great addition to Alfa Romeo’s line-up. However, as much as we enjoyed it we couldn’t help but wish we were driving the then-new Quadrifoglio version – Alfa Romeo’s high-performance version of the already impressive Stelvio.
With a twin-turbo 2.9L V6 engine producing 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque and a performance all-wheel drive system, it presented a tantalizing opportunity to further explore Alfa’s engineering prowess as well as Alfa’s idea of what an SUV should be.

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

So we begged and pleaded and offered bribes and wept bitterly and tried asking with fake angry Russian accents and at long last – after a few torturous months of waiting – Alfa Romeo was able to deliver a Stelvio Quadrifoglio for us to play with for a few days.

They delivered to us a Vulcano Black Stelvio Quadrifoglio with dark grey wheels. It was nearly a blacked-out package, which made the aluminum V-grille and the almost neon yellow brake calipers pop against the black background. White triangular badges with green four-leafed clovers (“quadrifoglio”) on them decorated the fenders. The wheels were wide and wrapped with equally wide Pirelli performance tires. It looked mean. It looked intimidating. It looked fast.

Inside, the interior was black too. Black leather and suede seats, black carpets, black plastics, and carbon fiber trim. Aluminum accents were the only brightwork, and Alfa Romeo made sure to use them liberally to offset all the darkness. The seats were plenty comfortable though and well-bolstered. They were also electrically adjustable in several ways. Legroom was plentiful in front and acceptable in back. The backseat also folded flat to increase cargo area. All the controls were laid out logically. Alfa’s D.N.A. selector that controls the drive mode was on the center console, in front of the electronic shifter by the infotainment selector and volume knob. The leather and carbon fiber wrapped steering wheel hid two of the largest aluminum paddle shifters you’ve ever seen. They’re like aluminum artwork behind the wheel. It comes loaded with just about every conceivable luxury option. Like the standard Stelvio, it feels like a quality interior and you get the impression that it’s a prestige-level car. As it should be.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV 2Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV 1

The Quadrifoglio version means increased power but it isn’t just all about the motor. There’s a lot more to it. There’s a torque-vectoring differential to send power to the wheels with better traction. There’s active suspension that adjusts at the turn of a knob – from All-weather to Normal Conditions to Dynamic, which ups the ante performance-wise, and finally to Race, which promises nothing but sweet goodness. There’s also the optional CCM (Carbon-Ceramic Matrix) ultra-high performance brakes that our car had, which come in at a hefty $8,000 but stop this SUV right NOW! and can do so repeatedly all day long without fade. The bright yellow calipers with “Alfa Romeo” in black script look sublime. Plus the carbon look of the disks just exude cutting edge awesomeness.

So what’s it like to drive? I’m glad you asked. Climb in.

Reach for the start button on the dash aaaaand….there isn’t one. It’s on the steering wheel instead. Press it and the engine whirrs to life. Oddly, the 2.9L V6 engine idles roughly, as if it’s unbalanced. Not something you expect in a $80,000 SUV, let alone the base $40,000 Stelvio we drove earlier this year. However, once in motion it smooths right out and you don’t notice it anymore. It behaves like a race car engine, tuned so highly for speed and high rpms that it struggles to idle. You never get the sense that it’ll stall though, and it never did for us.

Put your foot on the brake and making sure to press the button on the back of the shifter, pull it back towards you until “D” lights up on the shifter and on the dash display. Let your foot off the brake slowly and the release of the CCM brakes will feel different from standard steel brakes. It comes across as a slight drag of the pads on the rotors, then it’s fine. At low speeds around town, it’s perfectly comfortable stopping and starting and sitting in traffic for extended periods of time. As I said, the brakes feel a little different but don’t operate any differently and don’t require any special maneuvers. The suspension is firm but not harsh, even in Dynamic mode. It absorbs bumps and potholes well while instilling confidence in it’s abilities. It would be a great car for commuting or running the kids to soccer practice.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV 10

And if you come to a stoplight and some dude in a muscle car lines up next to you, revving his engine to signal his desire to race, or if some woman is tailgating you because she thinks she’s faster, well…you might have to drop the hammer on them and show them the error of their ways. If the rough-idling engine was meant to emulate a race car engine, giving that right pedal a good solid poke will have you believing it really is a race car engine. The turbocharged 2.9L V6 absolutely rocks this platform, driving it up the road like it’s on an aircraft carrier catapult. The suspension keeps things flat and level and in control and the all-wheel drive system gets enormous purchase on the road beneath you, the meaty Pirelli summer tires twisting against the hot asphalt to push you out ahead of everyone in the blink of an eye. The 8-speed electronic transmission quickly snaps off shifts as rapidly as the needle can reach the redline, which is amazingly fast. With each shift, the wastegates dump huge amounts of air with a loud “Whump!” While some may find this annoying, it’s the sound of pressurized power and it immediately reminded me of the 4C with the race exhaust (a car at the top of my wishlist) and I was immediately smitten with it. The effect of all this power and performance leaves other drivers in a state of shock. “What the heck just happened?!? you can almost see their lips mouthing in the rear-view mirror. Nobody expects an SUV to have this level of performance and it’s quite entertaining to gauge people’s reactions when you demonstrate it.

The performance is simply unreal. Alfa Romeo claims it’ll go from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds. I have experienced that. They also claim it’ll top out at 176 mph. I completely believe that too. It’s one fast machine.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV 36

The fantastic thing about the Quadrifoglio version is that it really is a driver’s SUV. It’s no less capable than any high-end sport sedan and it’ll go up against the best on the market – all while carrying more cargo in the back and providing you with a more elevated view of the road ahead. Ultimately, this is more than just a high-performance street SUV. This is a fully-trackable SUV that would probably embarrass some highly regarded performance cars at a track day event. In fact, it recently destroyed the record for an SUV at the Nurburgring with a time of 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds. That’s not just impressive, that’s mind-boggling.

While we really liked the Stelvio Ti Sport, we completely fell for the Quadrifoglio. Alfa Romeo has done a magnificent job of planning and building a top-tier performance car. That it’s an SUV is even more impressive. Now let’s go find a fun backroad to push this thing on. Or a race track.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV 7Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV 26Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV 5

 

 

Read the full post

Maserati Took China by Storm with the Fastest and Most Powerful Maserati SUV Ever

Posted by Maserati China on 12 September 2018

Tags: , , ,

Limited-Series Trofeo made its China debut at Chengdu Motor Show 2018

52

CHENGDU, ChinaSept. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Maserati took China by storm with the launch of its most exclusive, high-performance SUV, the Levante Trofeo, at the 2018 Chengdu Motor Show. Built around a V8 engine, this model is capable of sprinting in style

from 0-100 km/h in a mere 3.9 seconds while reaching a top speed of 304 km/h. Only 88 units of the launch edition are available for China, making the Trofeo the top choice for luxury performance connoisseurs with the desire to travel fast and in style.

53

The Trofeo's power unit, co-designed with and hand-built by Ferrari, is one of the most powerful engines fitted in a Maserati in its 104-year history. Delivering an astonishing 590 hp at 6,250 rpm and 734 Nm peak torque at 2,500 – 5,000 rpm, the power output is second only to its race-bred sibling, the legendary MC12 champion GT racer featuring an aspirated 630hp V12. The MC12 sits alongside the Trofeo on stage at the Chengdu Motor Show as a symbol of inspiration and a reminder of the power and performance that's available in the Levante Trofeo.

Like every Maserati, the Trofeo invokes the marque's GranTurismo philosophy – the ability to travel great distances fast and in style. The chassis of the fastest Levante ever is meticulously tuned to handle the higher power output, providing an exhilarating driving experience with no compromise to long distance comfort and active safety. Fittingly translating to 'Champion Cup' in Italian, the Trofeo expertly blends supercar performance with fine Italian luxuries.

"When you awaken the spirit of the elements, it's inevitable that you end up in a storm," said Alberto Cavaggioni, Managing Director 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."

Timeless Design with Exceptional Luxury

The Trofeo is an exemplar of Maserati's unmistakable design, eye-catching from the first glimpse with a new level of sportiness. The Full Matrix LED headlights, a standard on the new SUV, flank a front grille with double vertical bars in black piano finish. The lower honeycomb mesh fascia paired with carbon fibre elements such as the side bezel blades and splitter help improve airflow distribution and add functionality to the astonishingly modern exterior.

The side air intakes in the lower fascia feature a new, more aggressive design defined by two aerodynamic wings that give a sense of stability, visually "pushing" the weight of the car's nose towards the 22-inch forged aluminum "Orione" wheels – the largest ever fitted on a Maserati. Performance painted brake calipers provide powerful accents to boost the vehicle's already commanding presence.

The wider, muscular rear end also provides a more imposing look with a sharper carbon fibre horizontal element and body-color lower extractor that embrace the dark-finished, oval quad exhaust tips. A dedicated "Saetta" Trofeo logo adorns the iconic C-pillar of the GT-style SUV to cap off a fully reimagined exterior design.

The powerful stance from the outside of the Trofeo is equally matched by the luxurious, congenial, and expertly crafted atmosphere of its interior. Maserati applies the most stringent standards in selecting the material used in the interior. The goal is to create the comfortable driving environment, rendering long-distance journey passionate, comfortable, joyous, and peace-of-mind.

The sculpted sport seats, available in black, red and tan, with contrast stitching and "Trofeo" logo stitched on the headrests, feature a premium full-grain "Pieno Fiore" leather. The soft feel and natural tanning treatment ensure the premium leather develops its own characteristics over time. The finest hand-made details add additional luster to the spacious cabin, including a new matte carbon fibre wave trim, paddle shifters, specific instrument cluster graphics and a Maserati clock with a unique dial elegantly underline the exclusive sporty character of this extraordinary Maserati.

The surround sound audio system in Trofeo is specially designed at Bowers & Wilkins for a pure, enjoyable listening experience. A standard 17-speaker premium surround sound system makes the driver and passengers feel like they are in a mobile concert hall.

Race-bred Performance for an Enhanced Driving Experience

Four specialized driving modes and a series of driving assistance features complement the Trofeo's outstanding power, and the car blends with the driver in perfect harmony. The new "Corsa" mode with Launch Control functionality joins existing driving modes and is designed to enhance the vehicle's sporty character. Simply press the "Sports/Corsa" button on the center console twice to start this new mode and the slightest accelerator pedal operation excites unprecedented dynamic functionality with optimal adjustment of engine, gearbox, suspension and ESP for extreme performance.

In addition to the new driving modes, Maserati's powerful controlling is also a result of masterful engineering. An ideal weight balance and the low center of gravity in combination with a finely tuned suspension and larger tires endow the new Trofeo with remarkably balanced handling and lateral stability. The Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system matched with the Twin Turbo V8 engine also delivers more power to the rear axle to maximize driving performance and pleasure.

The Maserati Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) system adds on the Trofeo's impressive driving dynamics and results in a more natural and predictable driving feeling for improved satisfaction behind the wheel.

Exclusivity and a One-of-a-Kind Experience

For the discerning Maserati customer who pursues a personal touch of the limited-series model, the Trofeo offers eight exclusive exterior colors with dedicated finishes, including Blu Emozione, Rosso Magma and Giallo Modenese.

A customizable name badge integrated on the center console has also been added to underline the unique character of the Trofeo.

The manufacturer's suggested retail price of the Trofeo starts at RMB1,958,000.

A Sportier Expression with Nerissimo

In addition to the MC12 supercar and its SUV protégé – the Trofeo, the Trident's other models were also present in Chengdu. The Quattroporte, Levante and Ghibli all feature the Nerissimo package, which offers an exclusive black that envelops the wheels and the front grille, giving the car an aggressive and modern stance. The package on the window frames, door handles, exhaust tips, and side breather provides a provocative touch to the sport package. A smoked Trident on the grille and the rear Maserati logo cap off this sportier expression to an already sleek lineup of race-inspired vehicles from Maserati.

For more information, visit: www.maserati.com.cn  

SOURCE Maserati China

Read the full post

A BETTER CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

Posted by Euromarque on 28 August 2018

Tags: , ,

Euromarque know that parking, when you visit a business is not always what it should be, yet appreciate that it is incredibly important to their customers.

Dealer Principal Angus Cockram says “A convenient car park is precious to us all these days and the ability to park safely and easily will soon be substantially better for all of our customers. For us it’s just another way to give our customers the best possible experience when they do business with us.”

Euromarque have acquired neighbouring land and are now in the process of redeveloping it. This redevelopment will free up incredibly valuable parking space for Service & Parts Department customers, will see the commissioning of a new state of the art grooming and wash bay and finally give a greater display area for pre-owned and demonstrator cars.

It is expected to be finished in the next 6 weeks.

carpark 5

4748

Read the full post

Maserati Levante GTS launched at Goodwood FoS

Posted by www.motoringworld.in on 16 July 2018

Tags: , ,

 the ongoing Goodwood Festival of Speed, Maserati has launched its highly focussed Levante GTS SUV. With the Q4 AWD system it won’t just be easy for the Levante to get out of the car park, but thanks to its Ferrari-assembled twin turbo V8, it can run up and down the hill course without breaking a sweat.

The 3.8-litre engine makes 542 bhp, which gives the Maserati Levante GTS a 0-100 kph time of just 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 292 kph. In terms of styling, there’s a new lower front fascia, redesigned rear bumper, and slightly more premium interior.

photo maserati

The vehicle derives its styling from the Maserati Levante Trofeo, and is scheduled to be launched in India this year. Exact details will be known closer to the launch, but Maserati mentions that a launch of the end of Q4 (fourth quarter; not the AWD system) 2018 is expected.

Read the full post

RENAULT ALPINE A110

Posted by www.topgear.com on 18 June 2018

Tags: , ,

Renault Alpine A110

alpine a110 international test drive december 2017 120

A terrific car, a genuine exponent of light weight and something pleasingly different to drive

 

1

Overview

What is it?

It’s the new Renault Alpine A110. And it’s something very different. On the surface it’s perfectly straightforward, a compact two seat coupe in the mould of the Porsche Cayman and Audi TT. But underneath the new A110 is perhaps the world’s best example of the virtuous circle approach to automotive engineering.

It’s light. Really light. Lotus light, yet with the creature comforts you need to make it a pleasing daily driver. How light? Just 1,103kg for the flagship version including fluids and so on. That’s 300kg, approaching 25 per cent, less than the Porsche or Audi.

How? Firstly by designing it from the ground up with little carryover, and secondly by sweating the small things. So it’s an aluminium bodied, aluminium chassis’d, aluminium suspended sports car that has a modest 1.8-litre turbocharged four cylinder engine developing 249bhp and 236lb ft of torque at 2000rpm. That’s mounted behind the seats and drives the rear wheels via a seven-speed Getrag double clutch gearbox – perhaps the only thing about the car that’s not the lightest possible option.

“We have tried to follow Colin Chapman’s principle, which is still valid, so if we have low mass, we can have moderate power, so we don’t need super wide tyres or big, heavy brakes and so on,” says Alpine’s chassis technical leader, Thierry Annequin. “We have chased all grammes everywhere on each component and each system to achieve this weight.”

Everywhere you look you see this attention to detail. Take the rear wheel – there’s no secondary brake caliper for the electric parking brake (EPB), it’s now integrated into the primary brake itself. That saves 2.5kg. And getting Brembo to integrate their software into the Bosch ECU instead of bolting on a separate control unit and wiring has saved another kilo. And the brackets that hold the EPB cables and hoses are aluminium too, “this is unusual”, claims Annequin, “but it saves seven grams here, 12 grams there and it adds up”.

The Sabelt seat is a mere 13.1kg – half the weight of the Recaro seat in the current Megane RS; integrating the ball joint into the upper control arm instead of putting it in a separate housing saves 300g per corner and so it goes on. The message from Alpine, building its first car since the final A610 rolled out the Dieppe gates 22 years ago, is that light weight matters. Jean Redele, the man who founded Alpine in 1955 and named it for the type of driving he wanted his cars to excel at, would be proud.

The approach certainly promises to make the Alpine efficient – the claims are 46.3mpg and under 138g/km of CO2, numbers a standard Cayman can’t get within 7mpg and 30g/km of.

alpine a110 international test drive december 2017 67alpine a110 international test drive december 2017 25alpine a110 international test drive december 2017 6alpine a110 international test drive december 2017 2alpine a110 international test drive december 2017 118alpine a110 international test drive december 2017 109alpine a110 international test drive december 2017 108alpine a110 international test drive december 2017 105alpine a110 international test drive december 2017 102alpine a110 international test drive december 2017 85alpine a110 international test drive december 2017 71

Read the full post

CLASSIC MASERATIS AT THE 11TH GRAND PRIX DE MONACO HISTORIQUE

Posted by Maserati Australia on 16 May 2018

Tags: , ,

MAS HERO IMAGE MONACO GP 2a

More than 180 historic Grand Prix cars gathered in Monaco over the weekend including 19 unique Maserati cars ranging from the 1957 Formula 1 winner 250F to the iconic 300S and the very rare 6CM and V8RI to part in the 2018 Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.

Grand Prix Maserati 250F ReneBertoPhoto2

For the 11th edition of this prestigious event pre-war cars were brought back by popular demand to compete in the A-series, which became the unmissable world meeting for this category of Grand Prix cars, which were called “Formula 1” as soon as World War II ended. Two Maserati cars were entered in this category, and the 6CM driven by Anthony Sinopoli managed a well-deserved third place. Only 13 Maserati 6CM remain in existence out of the 27 produced: they feature an advanced front suspension system which allows springs to be adapted to different circuits.

The B-Series race saw the participation of Julia De Baldanza, one of only two female drivers in the competition, racing her beloved 1952 Maserati A6GCM together with four Maserati 250F.

Out of the 34 cars entered in the C-Series race, 12 were Maserati cars: five were 300S, six A6GCS and one 200SI. A 1956 Lister with a Maserati engine driven by Ben Short managed to get on the podium with a well-earned second place.

But the presence of Maserati wasn't just confined to the racetrack. The Trident Marque has in fact recently renewed its partnership agreement as the official car of the Yacht Club De Monaco and was present in the beautiful terrace of the amazing building, designed by Forster +Partners to be the symbolic centrepiece of Monaco’s remodelled harbour front. Guests and clients of the Maserati brand were thus able to enjoy the thrill and excitement of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique and the stunning display, showcasing a 3500 GT Vignale Spyder and the iconic Maserati 250F.

Grand Prix Maserati A6GCS 3Grand Prix Maserati A6GCS Grand Prix Maserati A6GCM RenePhotoGrand Prix Maserati A6GCM 2Grand Prix Maserati 300S 2

Read the full post

World Premiere for Maserati Levante Trofeo at the 2018 New York International Auto Show

Posted by www.maserati.com on 30 April 2018

Tags: , ,

Maserati Levante Trofeo V8 Front 1

Modena, 28 March 2018 – Maserati reveals the first Levante built around a V8 engine at the New York International Auto Show. It is the Levante Trofeo, the ultimate Maserati of SUVs, capable of accelerating in style from 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and reaching a top speed of over 300 km/h.

The Levante Trofeo is equipped with one of the most powerful engines ever fitted in a Maserati. A 3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8 engine that has been engineered to perfectly mate with the Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System and delivers an astounding 590 hp at 6,250 rpm and 730 Nm of peak torque at 2,250 – 5,000 rpm.

The engine boasts the highest output per litre (156 hp/litre) of any Maserati powerplant ever produced and, like all Maserati gasoline engines, is assembled by Ferrari in Maranello, Italy.

The chassis of the fastest Levante ever has been tuned to handle the higher power output and provides an exhilarating driving experience with no compromise in terms of comfort. This tuning ensures the Levante Trofeo continues to embody the essence of the Maserati GranTurismo philosophy with supercar performance.

Maserati Levante Trofeo V8 Rear

“It’s proof that when you play with the elements you end up in a storm”, says 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”.

The unmistakable Levante design has reached new levels of sportiness in this top of the line Trofeo. The elegant restyling was mainly focused on the lower front fascia and the rear bumper and is underlined by the 22-inch forged aluminium “Orione” wheels – the largest ever fitted on a Maserati – available in both polished and matte finishes.

The side air intakes in the lower fascia feature a new, more aggressive design, defined by two aerodynamic wings that give a sense of further stability, visually “pushing” the weight of the car’s nose towards the massive front wheels. And to help improve the airflow distribution, Trofeo is outfitted with carbon fibre side bezel blades and a carbon fibre splitter.

The rear end also looks wider and more muscular with a sharper carbon fibre horizontal element and body-color lower extractor that embrace the oval quad exhaust tips. 

In front, the Levante Trofeo has Full Matrix LED headlights, 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 painted brake calipers in red, blue, black, silver or yellow. And to cap it off, specific “Saetta” Trofeo logos adorn the iconic c-pillars of the coupé styled SUV.

Maserati Levante Trofeo V8 Rear Fascia Carbon Exhaust PipesMaserati Levante Trofeo V8 Saetta Logo C pillar

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 fibre, giving the Levante Trofeo a polished racing look. Even the hood is new, featuring two aggressive vent for better cylinder head cooling. And under the hood, the engine cover is also made of high-gloss carbon fibre featuring a V8 inscription and the iconic Trident logo, while cylinder heads and intake manifolds are painted red.

Interior designers have come up with elegant ways to create a distinctive environment within the Levante Trofeo cabin. The sculpted sport seats feature a premium full-grain “Pieno Fiore” natural leather available in black, red and tan, all with contrast stitching and “Trofeo” logo stitched on the headrests. “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 fibre 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 this extraordinary Levante, which is outfitted with a standard 1,280-watt, 17-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium surround sound audio system for exceptional listening enjoyment.  

The production of the Levante Trofeo starts this summer at the refurbished Maserati plant in Mirafiori (Turin), Italy. The fastest Levante in Maserati history is initially intended for overseas export markets, including the U.S. and Canada.

Maserati Levante Trofeo V8 Front Seats Sport Pieno Fiore Leather Black

Power under control

Maserati engineers developed the mighty 3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8 engine to accommodate the Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, providing it with a new crankcase design, specific crankshaft assembly, new oil pump and auxiliary belt and a different wiring layout.

New turbochargers feature increased flow, while redesigned cylinder heads with specific camshafts and valves, different pistons and new connecting rods allow the ability to reach the maximum power targets in combination with specific engine calibration mapping.    

The Levante Trofeo is definitely one of the fastest SUVs ever built with a top speed of over 300 km/h. Thanks to its remarkable weight/power ratio of 3.6 kg/hp the Trofeo needs only 3.9 seconds to reach 100 km/h and only 34.5 metres of braking distance to get back to a complete stop.

The ideal 50:50 weight balance and the low center of gravity - common to all Levante models - in combination with the finely tuned double-wishbone front / Multi Link rear suspension and the larger tyres fitted to the 22-inch forged aluminium wheels, endow the new Trofeo with remarkably balanced handling and lateral stability.   

The new “Corsa" Driving mode with Launch Control functionality in addition to the existing Normal, I.C.E., Sport and Off Road modes has been adopted to enhance the athletic character of the ultimate Maserati SUV. “Corsa” driving mode further improves engine response and opens exhaust valves in acceleration, as well as provides faster gear shifting, lower air suspension height levels, sportier Skyhook damping and optimized Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive settings and interacts with Traction Control and ESP systems to maximize driving pleasure.  

The Maserati Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) system has been incorporated for the first time in a Levante, for impressive driving dynamics, better performance and a genuine Maserati driving experience, by helping to prevent vehicle instability, instead of correcting “driver mistakes” as a traditional Electronic Stability Program (ESP) system does.

Maserati Levante Trofeo V8 Dashboard Carbon trim

 

Limited series Levante Trofeo launch edition

As an introduction to its upcoming new model, Maserati is showcasing a limited Levante Trofeo launch edition at the Javits Center in New York. The show car is in the special matte Grigio Lava paint with matte finished 22-inch wheels and red brake calipers. This limited series Trofeo is exclusively intended for a small number of Maserati customers in the U.S. and Canada.

The Levante Trofeo launch edition will be available in eight unique exterior colors including the following exclusive exterior features: 22-inch forged aluminium wheels with three-season performance tyres or new 21-inch wheels with all-season tyres, in a gloss finish and dark details, like black daylight openings (DLO) and fog light rings, as well as Black Chrome Maserati badges, Trofeo “Saetta” logos, side air vents and trunk accent.

The Trofeo launch edition interior is even more individual, featuring natural “Pieno Fiore” leather sport seats available in black, tan or red with contrast stitching. Black leather with blue or yellow stitching is exclusive to the launch edition and all feature the new matte carbon fibre wave interior trim. A serialized launch edition badge integrated on the center console featuring the customer’s name, has also been added to underline the unique character of the Trofeo launch edition.

Maserati Levante Trofeo V8 Engine 590Maserati Levante Trofeo V8 Side ProfileMaserati Levante Trofeo V8 Full Front2

 

Read the full post