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German tuner Novitec has tweaked the range-topping Levante for more power and speed
The Maserati Levante Trofeo is one of the quickest SUVs on the market, courtesy that Ferrari-derived, twin-turbocharged V8 under the bonnet providing a 572bhp output. Now in its second iteration, Novitec’s Levante Esteso pushes numbers even further, whilst adding a number of cosmetic tweaks.
Thanks to the addition of the tuner’s new engine control unit, power from its 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 now sits at 615bhp and 820Nm, good enough for an impressive 309kmph top speed and a 3.8sec 0-100kmph time, three tenths quicker than standard – an increase of 43bhp and 90Nm over the factory figures. The brand will also up the power on any other Levante model, including the V6 diesel.
As you’d expect from a Novitec product, it’s a touch wider than before. The use of front and rear carbonfibre arches increases width by 10cm at the front and 12 at the rear (2.09m in total), for better lane-filling ability than a Lamborghini Aventador. A new carbonfibre lip can also be found at the rear for added aggression, and at the front, buyers receive a new carbonfibre bonnet piece to set it apart from an ordinary example.
Of course, the rolling stock has also increased in size, with 22-inch center lock-look wheels wrapped in 295-section front tyres and 335-section rears – available in either matte or gloss black finishes. In order to lift the new wheels into the widened arches, Novitec tweaks the factory air suspension for a 25mm reduction in ride height.
Elsewhere, buyers can opt to have various interior tweaks, and should you own a diesel-powered model, you can even choose Novitec’s ‘active sound system’ to add artificial exhaust noise where the engine lacks it.
Pricing and availability is yet to be revealed, and we'd imagine it'll cost a pretty penny, not to mention most Indian Levante owners wanting these mods would need to pull quite a few strings for their dream to materialise. That said, where there's a will, there's a way... so if you're one of the lucky (and influential) ones, please do give us a call once your car's ready. We'll be waiting!