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PostHeaderIcon Maserati Levante by Mansory

To say that the Geneva Motor Show was busy would be a hilarious understatement. Really, have your heads stopped spinning now? So many things happened at the world’s biggest auto show that it’s hard to comprehend the sheer volume of debuts we saw in the last few days. That’s especially true in the aftermarket scene where some of the biggest tuners in the business were out in droves, presenting the latest programs for some of the most premium cars in the market today.

Take Mansory for example. The tuner is a regular staple in Geneva, and this year, it brought with it a total of six project cars, including this insane Maserati Levante that not only screams attention, but in large part, demands it too. And why wouldn’t it? After all, this is one of the first programs available for the premium SUV, and it packs a load of new features, including power upgrades amounting to decent gains of 465 horsepower for the Levante S. That adds 35 ponies to the SUV’s standard output of 430 horsepower.

Okay, so it’s not as mind-blowing of a power increase as some of Mansory’s other projects. But the tuner more than makes up for it with extensive upgrades in other areas of the Levante, including a rather preposterously aggressive wide body kit provides more than just the usual visual enhancements of like-minded programs before it. Interior upgrades are also a highlight of the program, that is if customers prefer the kind of bombastic updates that the tuner is known for.

All told, Mansory’s program for the Levante SUV may not be for everyone, but for those who like their kits hot with extra servings of spice, this kit is going to get your attention in more ways than one.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Maserati Levante by Mansory.


PostHeaderIcon Maserati Levante by Startech

This time last year, Maserati was preparing to unveil the Levante SUV at the Geneva Motor Show. Not only was it a signal of the Italian automaker’s intentions to go all-in on the premium SUV market, but it also marked a big move to expand its own lineup past the usual coupes and sedans that it was offering. Fast forward to this week and the Maserati Levante is once again headed to Geneva, although this time, it’s German tuner Starch that’s bringing the SUV with it to the biggest auto show in the world.

The Brabus-owned aftermarket firm is no stranger to these types of events since it’s been a regular fixture in Geneva over the past few years. But that was then, and this is now. And as far as “now” goes, the Levante is taking center stage at the Startech booth where it will be showcased in full aftermarket regalia, complete with a new body kit, a massive set of wheels, and the promise of interior and engine upgrades, both of which will come at a later date.

So yes, it’s technically an incomplete program, but don’t take that against Startech. If anything, the strategy to showcase just a part of the full Levante tuning experience can be seen as a way to build up the kit ahead of when the interior amenities and the power and performance boosts are ready to be unveiled. That’s certainly one of way looking at it and for what it’s worth – literally and figuratively – the aerodynamic body kit Startech prepared for the Levante does warrant a place in Geneva.

Now if only the tuner had a definite timetable and when the interior and performance upgrades will arrive…

Continue after the jump to read more about the Maserati Levante by Startech


PostHeaderIcon Maserati GranTurismo Clings to Life with New Sport Special Edition

The Maserati GranTurismo turns 10 in 2017 and refuses to die. Not that I want it to die, but just when I thought that the grand tourer was almost forgotten, the Italian firm popped up with a new special-edition model at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Called the GranTurismo Sport Special, it celebrates the 60th anniversary of the 3500 GT, a sports car that also debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and became one of the brand’s most iconic models.

Available for both the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models, the Sport Special Edition standards out by means of a new Rosso Italiano, three-layer paint – which mimics the red of Juan Manuel Fangio’s F1-winning 250F race car – and 20-inch alloy wheels in Glossy Black with “Special Edition” logos. Customers can also pick from other two special colors or four of the standard hues in the GranTurismo palette.

The interior has also been reimagined around Poltrona Frau leather or a leather/Alcantara combination for the upholstery and new stitching available in four different combinations. Maserati also added door sills in carbon fiber featuring the “Special Edition logo” and the dedicated plate on the central tunnel with a carbon fiber holder, commemorating the anniversary and the limited production run of 400 units.

There are no changes in the drivetrain compartment, so both the GranTurismo and GranCabrio feature the standard Ferrari-made, 4.7-liter V-8 rated at 454 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Transmission choices include a six-speed sequential or automatic gearboxes.

Only 400 examples will be made, and chances are that the Sport Special is among the final iterations of the current GranTurismo and GranCabrio.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Maserati GranTurismo Clings to Life with New Sport Special Edition

The Maserati GranTurismo turns 10 in 2017 and refuses to die. Not that I want it to die, but just when I thought that the grand tourer was almost forgotten, the Italian firm popped up with a new special-edition model at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Called the GranTurismo Sport Special, it celebrates the 60th anniversary of the 3500 GT, a sports car that also debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and became one of the brand’s most iconic models.

Available for both the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models, the Sport Special Edition standards out by means of a new Rosso Italiano, three-layer paint – which mimics the red of Juan Manuel Fangio’s F1-winning 250F race car – and 20-inch alloy wheels in Glossy Black with “Special Edition” logos. Customers can also pick from other two special colors or four of the standard hues in the GranTurismo palette.

The interior has also been reimagined around Poltrona Frau leather or a leather/Alcantara combination for the upholstery and new stitching available in four different combinations. Maserati also added door sills in carbon fiber featuring the “Special Edition logo” and the dedicated plate on the central tunnel with a carbon fiber holder, commemorating the anniversary and the limited production run of 400 units.

There are no changes in the drivetrain compartment, so both the GranTurismo and GranCabrio feature the standard Ferrari-made, 4.7-liter V-8 rated at 454 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Transmission choices include a six-speed sequential or automatic gearboxes.

Only 400 examples will be made, and chances are that the Sport Special is among the final iterations of the current GranTurismo and GranCabrio.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Maserati Eyeing High-Performance Levante SUV; No Plans For New Sports Car Until 2020

If there’s anything the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has taught us, it’s that there’s plenty of room for high-performance SUVs in the premium SUV market. Now, it seems that Alfa Romeo’s sister brand, Maserati, is gearing up to join in on the fun as the Italian automaker has expressed interest in launching a high-performance version of the Levante SUV.

Maserati global operations chief Alberto Cavaggioni made the proclamation, telling Autocar that the company is open to the possibility, provided that it can make a good business case for it. Ah yes, that all-too familiar “business case” phrase. It’s the automotive equivalent of “we’ll see” that parents tell their children when the little ones want to buy a toy.

On a more serious note, Cavaggioni pointed out that Maserati has the capability to introduce a performance version of the Levante SUV. For one, it has a 3.8-liter V-8 engine that it can use for the SUV. It’s the same engine that powers the Quattroporte sedan and it’s good for 523 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, putting it right smack in the middle of the 505-horsepower Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV and the 542-horsepower Jaguar F-Pace SVR.

The concern – because there always has to be one – is whether a high-performance Levante can move the needle in a market that’s become increasingly more competitive. It’s not just the Stelvio QV and the F-Pace SVR that Maserati has to contend with. Other models like BMW’s entire lineup of M SUVs also populate the segment, as does Mercedes-AMG with the likes of the AMG GLE. Even Audi has expressed interest in beefing up its RS line to add more SUVs into the mix.

If Maserati does push forward with a performance version of the Levante, Cavaggioni says that it needs to be “justified by volumes.” It’s admittedly easier said than done, but given how so many brands have already made that leap, Maserati may not have a choice but to take that plunge since it has a lot riding on the SUV to carry the company in the next few years.

It’s especially more crucial for a performance Levante to enter the fray in light of conflicting reports regarding the status of both GranTurismo and GranCabrio models. Remember, Maserati Europe general manager Giulio Pastore told Autocar that both the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models will get updated in 2018 and 2019, respectively. But a new report from Car Magazine also quotes Pastore hinting that Maserati could go three years (2018 to 2020) without a sports car in its lineup.

Whatever happens to both the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models, one thing appears clear, at least from the outside. A high-performance Levante SUV is an important model for the Italian automaker. The only question is whether Maserati wants to make that leap.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon 2016 Mecum Monterey Auction – Preview

Mecum Auctions has been involved with collector cars for almost three decades now, growing from a small family business to selling roughly 20,000 lots per year. In addition to top-dollar automobiles, Mecum also offers vintage motorcycles, collectible road art, and believe it or not, tractors. But you and I don’t really care about all that other stuff – we’re in it for the cars, from cutting-edge performance machines to ironclad muscle cars, antique classics to no-frills racers. Thankfully, Mecum has the entire spread on tap. The auction house averages more than one event per month, but one of the biggest is in California for Monterey Car Week. Roughly 600 vehicles are slated to hit the block for 2016, and we’ve got some of the most interesting of them profiled right here.

Highlighting the lineup for Monterey is the Modern Speed Collection, a host of ultra-high-end speed-mobiles from the present day. Mecum calls it “the apex of 21st Century automotive performance,” and picking through the offerings, I’m inclined to agree. Think rare, gorgeous, and absurdly quick.

TopSpeed will be on the scene this year, bringing you all the latest. Read on for a taste of what’s in store.

Update 08-20-2016 5:00 P.M. PST We’re on the scene at Mecum and have updated this preview with a welcome video. Check it out in the preview below.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Mecum Monterey Auction.


PostHeaderIcon Maserati Levante GTS

Maserati’s full-size luxury performance SUV was first unveiled as the Kubang concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2011. The production model was then officially unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show in March. When it finally broke cover, the details were impressive – the exterior was pure Italian premium goodness, the cabin was opulent and well appointed, and a good dose of adrenaline was waiting under the hood. However, it’s looking like an even more exciting Levante is just over the horizon, and we think it’ll have a meaner look, more driver’s goodies inside, and two additional turbocharged cylinders.

So where would we get a crazy idea like that? Well, back in April, Autoblog asked Maserati if it could fit its top-spec 523-horsepower twin-turbo V-8, the same powerplant it shoehorned into the Quattroporte GTS, into its first-ever SUV. The answer was an unequivocal “yes.” What’s more, Davide Danesin, the head of Maserati vehicle programs, reported that the Trident already had a prototype of the combo in hand, leading high-performance SUV enthusiasts everywhere to begin salivating uncontrollably. And while it’s still possible Maserati will axe the project outright, odds are a Levante GTS will become a thing sooner or later.

In anticipation of that day, we created the following rendering and speculative review.

Continue reading to learn more about the Maserati Levante GTS.


PostHeaderIcon Maserati Levante GTS

Maserati’s full-size luxury performance SUV was first unveiled as the Kubang concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2011. The production model was then officially unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show in March. When it finally broke cover, the details were impressive – the exterior was pure Italian premium goodness, the cabin was opulent and well appointed, and a good dose of adrenaline was waiting under the hood. However, it’s looking like an even more exciting Levante is just over the horizon, and we think it’ll have a meaner look, more driver’s goodies inside, and two additional turbocharged cylinders.

So where would we get a crazy idea like that? Well, back in April, Autoblog asked Maserati if it could fit its top-spec 523-horsepower twin-turbo V-8, the same powerplant it shoehorned into the Quattroporte GTS, into its first-ever SUV. The answer was an unequivocal “yes.” What’s more, Davide Danesin, the head of Maserati vehicle programs, reported that the Trident already had a prototype of the combo in hand, leading high-performance SUV enthusiasts everywhere to begin salivating uncontrollably. And while it’s still possible Maserati will axe the project outright, odds are a Levante GTS will become a thing sooner or later.

In anticipation of that day, we created the following rendering and speculative review.

Continue reading to learn more about the Maserati Levante GTS.


PostHeaderIcon Maserati Considering A Successor To The MC12 Supercar

Some people may not remember it, but 12 years ago, Maserati released the MC12, a low-volume supercar that traced its roots to the Ferrari Enzo. It quickly sold out and just like that, Maserati’s venture into the world of limited edition exotics ended. Fast forward to 2016, and it looks like Ferrari’s former sister company could once again look in that direction.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chief Technology Officer and former Maserati boss, Harald Wester, said as much in a conversation with Autocar, confirming that a limited edition supercar in the vein of the MC12 could be built at some point in the future. The only caveat is to not expect it anytime soon. For now, the Italian automaker has more pressing matters to deal with, including minor updates for both the Ghibli and the Quattroporte later this year. Its production facility in Modena is also busy building the 4C for Alfa Romeo, another one of its siblings under the Fiat Chrysler umbrella.

Beyond that, there are also plans to replace the aging GranTurismo, which is on its last legs after first being introduced in 2007. Wester didn’t dive into the details of the planned successor, opting only to say that the automaker will adopt an entirely new formula that will take advantage of the “accelerating technology” the company has its disposal. The new GranTurismo, or whatever other name it ends up having, will likely remain as the face of Maserati’s entire lineup, at least until Maserati reveals its cards on its new low-volume supercar and the timetable it has before it hits the market.

On that note, we’ll all just have to wait and see.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Google Showcases Android Prototype Operating System On The Maserati Ghibli: Video

Tech giant Google is adding yet another page to its involvement in the auto industry by showcasing a concept Android system on a Maserati Ghibli during it’s annual I/O 2016 conference.

Dieter Bohn of The Verve managed to get an up-close look at the concept Android system, which can be accessed through a massive portrait-oriented touchscreen display that takes up all of the space on the Ghibli’s center console. According to Google, the purpose of this prototype is to showcase the future of what its Android platform can do for cars. Considering that Android Auto is already available today, this prototype is probably several versions higher than that. A big part of this new prototype is to integrate a majority of the Ghibli’s functions into the Android system, essentially turning the operating system into the car’s brain, controlling even the simplest of functions like the power windows.

It’s a big step up from what’s currently available in the market and if the technology comes to pass, a day could come when a lot of cars cabin systems – possibly more – will be powered by the Android system. It’s an interesting thought and one that could be a big part of the next evolution of the auto industry.


PostHeaderIcon Maserati MC12 Corsa

In 2004, five years after Ferrari took full control of the Maserati brand, the Modena-based company unleashed the MC12, a limited-edition supercar based on the Ferrari Enzo. Created to homologate the GT1 racing variant for the FIA GT Championship, the MC12 was produced until 2005 in only 50 examples. In 2006, Maserati introduced one last version of the MC12, the Corsa. Developed from the race-spec GT1, the Corsa was intended for private use, but like the GT1 it was also restricted to the race track, as its modifications made it illegal to drive on public roads.

Created “in response to the customer demand to own the MC12 racing car and fueled by the growth in track days, where owners can drive their cars at high speeds in the safety of a race track,” the MC12 Corsa was sold to private customers in a similar fashion to the Enzo-based Ferrari FXX. While each owner paid in excess of $1 million to buy an MC12 Corsa, they only drove them on specially organized track days. Outside these events, the cars were stored and maintained by Maserati.

Only twelve MC12 Corsas were built and they all shared several specifications with the GT1 race car, including the uprated engine. Another three vehicles were produced for testing, while a fourth extra chassis was used for the Birdcage 75th, a concept car showcased at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the Maserati MC12 Corsa.


PostHeaderIcon Maserati Levante in Action (+Official Pricing)

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It didn’t take long for the new Maserati Levante to hit the streets after its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and now we get the first video reviews of the car and the official pricing details. Looks like Maser is in a hurry to put this thing out and get on with their other projects.

That’s fair enough, seeing as how much time they wasted developing, redesigning and even renaming this product. What they have ended up with seems like an acceptable effort, at least on the surface. If it manages to trump the main rivals in the luxury SUV segment in at least a few of the categories that matter, then we will concede Maserati Levante is a class act.

Before we get to the information regarding the pricing of the Levante, let’s check it out in action. The commentary is Italian, but you don’t need words to understand the language of beauty:

As for the official MSRP, Maserati Levante starts at $72,000 for the 3.0-liter V6 model you see in this video which boasts 345 horsepower and comes as standard with dual-zone air con, infotainment with 8-inch display, premium audio and power tailgate. $83,000 will buy you the Levante S with a much more exciting 425 horsepower output and the ability to hit 100 km/h from 0 in 5.0 seconds flat. Please note that these prices are before tax and delivery, and do not include any of the optional packages and features.

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PostHeaderIcon Maserati Coupe

Maserati Coupe

Although it has created exciting sports cars for the road ever since it gave up racing in the 1950s, Maserati struggled to survive on many occassions. The 1973 oil crisis nearly killed Citroen, which had purchased Maserati in 1968, while the early 1990s saw the Chubasco mid-engined sports car cancelled due to financial issues and the introduction of front-engined, six-cylinder cars, a rather awkward layout for the brand. Things did go well under Fiat ownership either, but it finally took a turn for the better in 1997, when the majority stake was sold to Ferrari, Maserati’s long-time arch-rival. Under Ferrari ownership, Maserati developed the Coupe, which replaced the 3200 GT, forged in the De Tomaso era, for the 2002 model year.

Credited for bringing Maserati back into business, the front-engined grand tourer was build between 2001 and 2007 in both Coupe and Spyder guises. It also spawned a more aerodynamic and powerful model called the GranSport, as well as a Trofeo race car. The latter used many stock parts and marked the beginning of the Trofeo Maserati, a one-make series that’s been running continuously since 2003. The Coupe was replaced in 2007 by the GranTurismo, a grand tourer that’s still being produced at the company’s factory in Modena.

Although it may not have the cachet of the original Ghibli, the Quattroporte, or the Bora, the Coupe was a crucial car for Maserati, helping relaunch the brand as one of the most important luxury, high-performance automakers. And that’s exactly why we decided to have a closer look at this mid-2000s grand tourer.

Continue reading to learn more about the Maserati Coupe.


PostHeaderIcon Vilner Maserati GranCabrio Interior Package

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Bulgarian tuner and interior specialist has done it again, this time enhancing the cabin of a gorgeous Italian GT car. The red hot Vilner Maserati GranCabrio gets a complete makeover in this program, including a full color change from white to brown, which suits the exterior finish a lot better than the original color.

But as you would expect from this tuner, the brown leather in Vilner Maserati GranCabrio is complemented and garnished with other colors and details including red piping and accent, black Alcantara, and contrast stitching. The same material and design pattern are used to cover pretty much every visible surface including door cards, dashboard, consoles, even the floor and trunk.

Our most favorite part of Vilner Maserati GranCabrio, a 2012 right-hand-drive model, is the steering wheel which is finished in brown leather and features a very cool red Alcantara accenting as well as white stitching. Vilner has even supplied the owner with a travel bag finished in the same leather and stitching featuring a Maserati logo. It’ll look amazing resting on the stitched leather trunk mat.

No changes have been made to this GranCabrio’s exterior or powertrain, and it didn’t really need any. The stock interior was the only thing letting this superb car down and that issue has now been satisfactorily rectified.

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PostHeaderIcon Maserati Levante Spotted on the Streets of Geneva

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Following its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the new Maserati Levante SUV was spotted out and about on the streets, flaunting a weird but interesting design and a rich chocolaty brown paint job. And it certainly looks different in the wild than it did on the show floor under strategically placed lights.

We’re not saying Maserati Levante looks terrible or anything, but as most of the journalists who visited this year’s Geneva Show have reported, the SUV has a challenging front-end, what with those narrow headlights and gaping mouth with chrome teeth. The side profile is pretty good, it has to be said, featuring some nice curves and styling details.The rear is just all right, nothing too fancy about it.

Another thing you notice looking at the Maserati Levante in the flesh is that the SUV is smaller than what it may seem in the pictures. It’s the unique design that creates the illusion the Levante is a giant, but when you see people standing next to it, this Maser is actually more of a crossover than a full-sized utility vehicle. It is a tad smaller than its main rival, Porsche Cayenne, which might put some people off.

Regardless of the looks, Maserati’s SUV is a refreshing new offering in a segment where all the cars are pretty much the same. The Levante introduces a strong sporty flavor to the SUV’s traditional mix of space, ride height, and practicality, making the whole thing a more enjoyable experience.

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PostHeaderIcon Maserati Levante Spotted on the Streets of Geneva

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Following its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the new Maserati Levante SUV was spotted out and about on the streets, flaunting a weird but interesting design and a rich chocolaty brown paint job. And it certainly looks different in the wild than it did on the show floor under strategically placed lights.

We’re not saying Maserati Levante looks terrible or anything, but as most of the journalists who visited this year’s Geneva Show have reported, the SUV has a challenging front-end, what with those narrow headlights and gaping mouth with chrome teeth. The side profile is pretty good, it has to be said, featuring some nice curves and styling details.The rear is just all right, nothing too fancy about it.

Another thing you notice looking at the Maserati Levante in the flesh is that the SUV is smaller than what it may seem in the pictures. It’s the unique design that creates the illusion the Levante is a giant, but when you see people standing next to it, this Maser is actually more of a crossover than a full-sized utility vehicle. It is a tad smaller than its main rival, Porsche Cayenne, which might put some people off.

Regardless of the looks, Maserati’s SUV is a refreshing new offering in a segment where all the cars are pretty much the same. The Levante introduces a strong sporty flavor to the SUV’s traditional mix of space, ride height, and practicality, making the whole thing a more enjoyable experience.

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PostHeaderIcon Geneva 2016: Maserati Levante

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Another one of this year’s big debuts at the Geneva Motor Show was the new Maserati Levante SUV. The sport/luxury SUV has been in the work for quite a while, but it seems the car’s been well worth the wait. The Levante is like a very good-looking Porsche Cayenne.

So we’re expecting Maserati Levante to challenge the German car and rob it off a good chunk of its market. This Maser is sleek, it’s beautiful, it has a cool cabin, and it’s chockfull of the latest technologies, and it has that magical Maserati essence that makes their car so desirable.

That said, the Levante has been criticized by a number of people for some of its design features. They say that in the flesh the front profile of the car looks kind of weird, which is frankly nitpicking, when look at this car’s rivals like the Cayenne or the new Bentley Bentayga. They are hardly beauty queens either.

Maserati Levante launches a 3 litre V6 Twin-Turbo petrol engine with either 350hp or 430hp, and a 275hp 3 litre V6 Turbo Diesel. Standard is “Q4” intelligent all-wheel drive system, an 8-speed automatic gearbox, with integrated Start&Stop System, double-wishbone on the front axle and multi-link on the rear, combined with electronically controlled damping, four corner air-springs providing 5 dynamic ride levels.

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PostHeaderIcon Geneva 2016: Maserati Levante

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Another one of this year’s big debuts at the Geneva Motor Show was the new Maserati Levante SUV. The sport/luxury SUV has been in the work for quite a while, but it seems the car’s been well worth the wait. The Levante is like a very good-looking Porsche Cayenne.

So we’re expecting Maserati Levante to challenge the German car and rob it off a good chunk of its market. This Maser is sleek, it’s beautiful, it has a cool cabin, and it’s chockfull of the latest technologies, and it has that magical Maserati essence that makes their car so desirable.

That said, the Levante has been criticized by a number of people for some of its design features. They say that in the flesh the front profile of the car looks kind of weird, which is frankly nitpicking, when look at this car’s rivals like the Cayenne or the new Bentley Bentayga. They are hardly beauty queens either.

Maserati Levante launches a 3 litre V6 Twin-Turbo petrol engine with either 350hp or 430hp, and a 275hp 3 litre V6 Turbo Diesel. Standard is “Q4” intelligent all-wheel drive system, an 8-speed automatic gearbox, with integrated Start&Stop System, double-wishbone on the front axle and multi-link on the rear, combined with electronically controlled damping, four corner air-springs providing 5 dynamic ride levels.

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After what feels like a decade, Maserati is finally ready to unveil their highly anticipated luxury SUV. It’s called Maserati Levante – which is a lot better Kubang, their first choice – and it will be officially unveiled at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

Detailed specs of Maserati Levante are yet to be released, but the car benefits from Maser’s experiences in recent years with diesel engines, turbocharging, and four-wheel-drive drivetrains.  As such, “Q4” intelligent all-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic transmission will be standard across the range, and you also get electronic suspension with controlled damping and air springs and a range of powerful diesel and petrol engines.

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As for the design, at first glance Maserati Levante may look like a fat Ghibli, but there is art in all those curves and twists as you would expect from an Italian luxury car. The main highlights include tapered headlights, unique front grille, three iconic air vents on the front wings, trapezoidal C-pillar with the “Saetta” logo and large, frameless door windows. Our favorite part is the bonnet which looks like stretched fabric.

It will probably take Maserati another year or so to prepare the Levante for market launch. But if I were a Porsche Cayenne, I’d start worrying right about now.

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PostHeaderIcon Elton John’s Maserati Quattroporte Up for Auction

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The first-generation Maserati Quattroporte is now one of the cheapest super sport saloons money can buy that would still pass as a fun, classy, and cool car. There are plenty of them available in the second-hand market, but this one is going under the hammer soon because it’s a little bit more special.

This 2005 Maserati Quattroporte was once owned by Sir Elton John. That, we reckon, will attract as many people to this car as it put off. But it’s a fine example of the Quattroporte with only 28,000 miles on the clock and a long list of features including a rear DVD player and screen, games input, two headphones, remote control and six CD auto changer. It even has the original Maserati welcome letter, unused personal 24hr concierge members card, and personal gift of a matching leather covered key tray, tool kit, gloves and car cover.

To be sold at Classic Car Auctions’ (CCA) March sale, Elton John’s Maserati Quattroporte is estimated at between £15,000 and £17,000.

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CCA classic car specialist, Arwel Richards, commented, “This is a wonderfully rare opportunity to buy an example of Italian exotica that goes like a rocket man. There’s something about the way this car looks at night, and the vendor should still be standing as he waves goodbye along the yellow brick road to the auction rostrum!”

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