Maserati’s 321kW twin-turbo Levante S has launched in Australia, joining the Levante Turbo Diesel which was launched early this year.
Powered by a Ferrari-built twin turbo V6 engine, the all-wheel drive Levante S is the new performance powerhouse that tops the Levante family. This engine, which boasts 321kw and 580 Nm of torque delivers its “sports car-rivaling performance” with sound that is said to be clearly redolent of all Maseratis, as it crushes the dash to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds and blasts on to a top speed of 264 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 10.9L/100km on the combined cycle, while CO2 emissions is a claimed 253 g/km.
All versions of the Levante are fitted with the same eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and standard mechanical limited-slip differential (LSD).
The Levante S features a set of Brembo 6-piston aluminium monobloc calipers working on 380 mm drilled discs at the front, while aluminium 42 mm floating calipers with 330 mm x 22 mm ventilated drilled discs are fitted at the rear.
“When the Maserati Levante arrived in Australia early this year it provided a uniquely capable car, on and off the road, one that blended Italian style, performance and handcrafted interiors with the ability to go into the bush, climb sand dunes or simply provide a level of flexibility not seen before in a Maserati,” says Glen Sealey, Chief Operating Office of Maserati Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
“With the Maserati Levante S, the introduction of the GranSport and GranLusso versions and the significant improvements across the range, further hone and refine these abilities, add, in the case of the Levante S, a new level of performance, without losing any of the capabilities that have enabled the Levante to take Maserati to unprecedented sales levels in Australia and around the world.”
The MY18 Levante made its world premiere at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor show with a new range strategy and an array of hi-tech features, including Electric Power Steering and the addition of new active functions to the existing driving assistance systems.
For 2018, the Levante range gains advanced safety features including Electric Power Steering enabling active ADAS, Highway Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and features such as the 360 degree camera that were previously optional are now standard.
The MY18 Levante has adopted Electric Power Steering in place of hydraulic power steering. EPS improves the car’s handling and comfort, better supports the driving modes, and enables the newly- introduced active ADAS functions. Last but not least, EPS retains the razor-sharp steering feel expected of any Maserati.
The petrol-engined Levante also heralds range-wide improvements to the range for 2018 and the launch of GranSport and GranLusso versions of the Levante.
The GranSport and GranLusso variants which, as their names suggest, provide finely honed equipment, trim and specification packages directed as sporting prowess and luxury refinement, respectively. The unique luxury in the GranLusso is exemplified by the standard Zegna silk upholstery interior, which is accessed through, new for 2018, soft closed doors.
The 2018 Maserati Levante pricing (excluding on road costs)
|Levante Turbo Diesel||MY18||3.0 litre 202 kW V6 Turbo Diesel||Eight speed automatic||$139,990|
|Levante GranSport Turbo Diesel||MY18||3.0 litre 202 kW V6 Turbo Diesel||Eight speed automatic||$159,990|
|Levante GranLusso Turbo Diesel||MY18||3.0 litre 202 kW V6 Turbo Diesel||Eight speed automatic||$159,990|
|Levante S||MY18||3.0 litre 321 kW Twin Turbo V6||Eight speed automatic||$169,990|
|Levante S GranSport||MY18||3.0 litre 321 kW Twin Turbo V6||Eight speed automatic||$179,900|
|Levante s GranLusso||MY18||3.0 litre 321 kW Twin Turbo V6||Eight speed automatic||$179,990|