New Maserati Levante GTS uses a Ferrari twin-turbo V8
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The Goodwood Festival of Speed has rapidly evolved from being a sea of tweed to being one of the world's most inclusive annual motoring pilgrimages.
Now the vintage F1 and sports cars sit alongside drifters, NASCARS, and a whole host of new-cars ready to be launched for their public debuts.
We've already touched on a few of these, including the new Toyota Supra, and yet another to show its face (and make its roar) to the public overnight is the Maserati Levante GTS and GTS GranSport.
This is the Italian marque's new performance SUV, having debuted the Levante two years ago. And naturally, the biggest change is underneath the contoured bonnet.
As opposed to the likes of the Levante S GranLusso and S GranSport — both powered by a twin-turbo V6 — the GTS rolls up to the party sporting a 404kW, 730Nm 3.8-litre V8.
It's the same V8 that comes with the Quattroporte sports sedan; the sweaty fingers of Ferrari engineers in Maranello having developed and bolted it all together. And paired with this new GTS, it does the 100km/h sprint in 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 292km/h.
It comes quite close to matching the low-quantity Levante Trofeo the company revealed earlier in the year [pictured below in grey], which is three tenths quicker to 100km/h and reportedly capable of exceeding 300km/h.
The GTS GranSport also mirrors some of the Trofeo's design traits, with a more comprehensive set of vents and 'air curtains' in the front bumper and new 22-inch wheels. Although whether that's enough to offset the rest of the Levante's 'challenging' styling in the eyes of critics is another matter.
Interior hasn't had much in the way of change, apart from full premium leather as standard with 'full-grain' Pieno Fiore natural leather (sourced from the most pampered of cows, I suppose) as an option. A 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system also features.
The engine-by-Ferrari tagline will lure in many performance SUV fans, but take into account the flurry of other new entries in this space — including the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the (admittedly much pricier) Lamborghini Urus, and even Alfa and Maserati's FCA cousin ... the savage Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.