Maserati Levante GTS: Exceptional performance, uncompromising luxury

Story Khalid Orabi

The Maserati Levante GTS combines power and luxury, making it a unique multi-purpose car. The V8 engine car with 550 horsepower delivers outstanding performance and control on the road and features a sporty pedigree, distinct shape and colour. The interior and cabin comes with luxurious leather in addition to the sporty pedals and Harmon Kardon System with 14 speakers.

The dashboard is designed to incorporate updated display and environment-change system which makes the car luxurious keeping in mind its exclusive features.
I recently took a test drive of the Maserati Levante GTS and was quite impressed by its outstanding balance. This edition of the V8 twin turbo engine (once restricted to the Quattroporte GTS until recently) of the Maserati Levante GTS has a modified body. The V8 twin turbo 3.8 litre engine offers 550 horsepower, which makes it reach 100 km in just 4.2 seconds and a maximum speed of 292 km/h. These figures fairly describe a modern supercar disguised in a high-end SUV body.
The integrated vehicle control (IVC) system has been incorporated to offer even better driving dynamics and road handling as well as a genuine Maserati driving experience. In the GTS version the design has reached new levels of sportiness, thanks to an elegant restyling focused on the lower front fascia and the rear bumper. It boasts a sportier and even more sophisticated presence.

Eight Speed Gearbox
The Levante GTS is fitted with the eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox used on all the Levante versions, a unit acclaimed for its versatility and sporty character. The driver has the option to use the gearbox in either automatic (RND) or manual mode simply by shifting the lever from right to left. As a result, the M button has been eliminated on the central console, so the Sport driving mode and the Skyhook sport setting can be selected separately. The P button on the gear stick sets the gear control system for the state of Parking. The GTS, like all Levante models, is equipped with a mechanical limited-slip differential (LSD) at the rear axle that guarantees optimal traction in all driving situations. The Maserati integrated vehicle control (IVC) system has been incorporated in the ESP control for the first time in the new GTS and Trofeo versions. The system helps drivers maintain control over the car instead of just correcting their mistakes through the traditional ESP programmes.

Exterior Design
The Levante GTS features a chromed front grille with double vertical bars and chromed perimeter, lower honeycomb mesh fascia, body coloured door handles and rear spoiler. The brake disc exterior is red in colour. The rear of the car has a spacious and powerful design with a sharp horizontal element and the underneath part with the colour of the car embodying the oval exhaust pipes.
The new edition of Levante GTS has front led lights ( full matrix led) within the optional specifications. The full matrix LED headlights utilise a digital camera mounted behind the rear view mirror that supports the glare-free high beam detection system, allowing the driver to keep the high beam on without dazzling oncoming drivers.

Interior Design
The sport seats, door plates, cabin, arm rest are all made of luxurious leather and available in four colours; black, red, bronze and beige.
The elegant upholstery is available with contrast stitching and combined with specific single stitching on the door panels and Alcantara® headlining. As an option, full-grain “Pieno Fiore” natural leather is also available. The new gearstick has a vertical strong structure with leather covering. The system also includes a digital radio device, Bluetooth technique and MTC system. The Android auto and car play system allows navigation through satellite and support each of the heating control systems and the systems to control seats and steering wheel, ventilation of front seats , the rear window curtains, in case installed.