Maserati has been quite busy the past few months. It began celebrating its centenary, introduced an all-new sedan, reached record breaking sales, and promised five new models by 2016. This is part of the Italian automaker’s plan to go mainstream in 2014, including a goal of 50,000 units sold by the year’s end. Some of the new models include the E-Class Ghibli, the SUV Levante, and the GranSport; the Quattroporte, Gran Turismo and Gran Cabrio will be refreshed with a new design.
The Levante may be the most highly anticipated model, considering it would be Maserati’s first attempt to enter the off-road market. Maserati CEO Harald Wester did announce that the Levante would be built using the AWD Quattroporte’s platform. So what exactly does that mean?
We can expect a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo that cranks out 404 horsepower and 406 lbs.-ft of torque as a base for U.S. models, as well as a 3.8-liter V8 twin-turbo that rockets from a stopped position with 532 horsepower and 524 lbs.-ft of torque.
The AWD Quattroporte platform is primarily rear-wheel drive, but the safety feature of this platform for which Maserati is lauded allows for up to 20 to 30-percent of power to be transferred to the front wheels. And all models can detect slipping in less than one wheel rotation and adjust accordingly. This means you don’t have to be quite so reserved while driving through inclement weather as the system seamlessly transfers torque.
Couple this safety and power with the luxury of Maserati, and you can enjoy the most smooth and enjoyable ride in any Sport Utility Vehicle.
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