An annual celebration of the automobile and car racing, the Goodwood Festival of Speed got underway yesterday in England. The event has become a favoured occasion for manufacturers to unveil high-performance models, and so it was that on the first day of the festival Maserati lifted the veil on its 2019 Levante GTS.
The Levante is already a well-known quantity, offered by Maserati since 2017. Up to now, it was offered on the American market in two inclinations: the S and the Trofeo. (The nonemclature is slightly different here in Canada). Now, a new variant is set to join the lineup for the 2019 model-year. The GTS is already being touted on the manufacturer’s website here, with the promise of a fall debut.
The new iteration of the luxury SUV gets a de-tuned version of the engine propelling the Trofeo, a 3.8L V8. The Ferrari-designed engine generates 550 hp at 6,250 RPM as well as 538 lb-ft of torque between 2,500 and 5,000 RPM. That immense power is distributed to the four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission.
According to Maserati, the new GTS can speed from a stop to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds, and attain a maximum speed of 300 km/h.
From the outside, though, you may have a hard time telling the GTS apart from its Levante siblings. On this point, Maserati is typically choosing to play it discreet. Inside, meanwhile, the leather upholstery is offered standard - no surprise there - but buyers can also opt for Piero Fiore leather. Sport pedals and a 14-speaker audio system are other notable highlights.
The 2019 Maserati Levante GTS, as we mentioned, should be appearing at North American dealerships this fall. No pricing has been announced yet.
The Levante GTS will be competing most directly with the 541-hp Porsche Cayenne Turbo.