Published on June 3rd, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Maserati Levante GTS, a powerful interpretation of Italian refinement
A powerful Twin Turbo V8 on a finely tuned chassis combined with an elegantly restyled exterior and an exclusive interior wrapped in Full Premium Leather deliver the quintessential SUV in terms of outright performance, road handling and sporty pedigree.
It took the Trident two years to fit its powerful Twin Turbo V8 engine under the bonnet of its high-end SUV and offer two new top of the range versions: the super-sport 590hp Levante Trofeo and the elegantly powerful Maserati Levante GTS – two of the most capable and exclusive SUVs ever built.
3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8 and Q4 Intelligent AWD
The V8 of the Maserati Levante GTS is an evolution of the power unit fitted in the flagship 530hp Quattroporte GTS. It maintains the same 3.8-litre capacity and the V900 architecture but has been re-engineered and significantly upgraded to deliver 550hp at 6,250 rpm and 730 Nm peak torque at 2,500 to 5,000 rpm. Like all Maserati petrol units, it is assembled by Ferrari in Maranello, Italy.
The mighty Twin Turbo V8 engine has been revised to accommodate the Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system for the first time. In order to make space for the drive shaft towards the front axle, Maserati designed a new crankcase with specific crankshaft assembly, new oil pump and auxiliary belt, as well as a different electric wiring layout.
Considering the maximum power objectives set for the two V8 Levante versions, a new engine mapping calibration wouldn’t be sufficient, so the technical department interfered seriously with the engine componentry.
Two new parallel twin-scroll turbochargers – one for each cylinder bank – with specific wheel design were fitted, providing higher flow performance. Each turbocharger is fed by a single intercooler with fresh air.
The high-tumble cylinder heads are also redesigned and fitted with different camshafts and valves for improved combustion efficiency, higher performance and moderate consumption. Internal parts like pistons and connecting rods were also redesigned to allow reaching the maximum power targets in combination with a specific engine calibration mapping.