Naza Italia-Maserati has introduced the Maserati Levante Trofeo in a very exclusive Launch Edition trim. Globally, the Launch Edition is limited to only 100 units. And according to Dato’ Nik Hamdam, Group Chief Executive Officer, Automotive Group, Naza Corporation Holdings, the parent company of Naza Italia-Maserati, the company has brought in three units of this limited edition version. Each of the three units have different exterior colours, giving them more exclusivity.
The three unique colours for Malaysia are Blu Emozione Matte (blue), Giallo Modenese (yellow) and Rosso Magma (red) with Nerissimo (black) package. “Owners of these three exclusive units of Levante Trofeo Launch Edition will not see another driving the same on Malaysian roads. In addition to that, each unit comes with a personalized badge on the central console bearing the legendary Trident, together with the Trofeo logo and the words “one of 100″. It will be that exclusive!” said Dato’ Nik Hamdam.
Mechanically, the launch edition SUV is identical to the Levante Trofeo. The Levante Trofeo features one of the most powerful engines ever fitted in a Maserati road car and offers all of the comforts of a prestigious SUV. It is the first Levante built with a 3.8L Twin Turbo V8 engine that provides 590 hp and 730 Nm, the most powerful engine ever fitted in a Maserati. This allows the Levante Trofeo to reach 100 km/h from standstill in only 3.9 seconds. It has a top speed of 304 km/h, and 34.5 metres of braking distance to come to a complete stop (100 – 0 km/h).
The Levante Trofeo is fitted with an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox that is acclaimed for its versatility and sporty character. It is used in all the Levante versions. To take advantage of all that power, the Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system has been recalibrated with a new CORSA driving mode with launch control.
The Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive is designed to deliver an advanced rear-wheel drive experience to suit the requirements of the Levante Trofeo. In normal driving conditions, the Q4 provides 100% of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels. On slippery or loose road surfaces, or in the event of loss of traction at the rear, the system can alter the front / rear torque split from 0:100% to 50:50% in a matter of 150 milliseconds.
On activation, the CORSA mode will enhance the Levante’s sporty personality. Engine response becomes more eager even at minimum throttle input. Further, the exhaust valves open up to provide freer gas flow and emphasise the unique Maserati engine soundtrack. CORSA mode is exclusive to the Levante Trofeo and programmed to provide faster gear shifting, lower air suspension height levels, sportier Skyhook damping and optimised Intelligent Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive settings.
With this sportiest mode activated, the intervention of the Traction Control and ESP systems is restrained for maximum driving enjoyment. CORSA mode is available in addition to the existing Normal, I.C.E., Sport and Off Road driving modes. Moreover, the Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) system has been incorporated for the first time in a Levante for better driving dynamics, greater active safety and more thrilling performance.
The ideal 50:50 weight balance and low centre of gravity, common in all Levante models, combines with the finely tuned double wishbone front / multi link rear suspension, and wider rear tyres, to provide the Trofeo with perfectly balanced handling and lateral stability.
Up front, the Levante Trofeo has Full Matrix LED adaptive headlights, a front grille with double vertical bars in Black Piano finish, lower honeycomb mesh fascia, body colour door handles and high-performance brake calipers available in red, blue, black, silver or yellow. Further, the Trofeo has its own trident logo that adorns the C-pillar. Other details include ultralight high-gloss carbon fibre trimmings on the lower splitter, the side blades in the front air intakes, the side skirt inserts and the rear extractor.
The driver can alter the ride height via a rocker switch or by choosing different driving modes on the central console. The height variation from the lowest position to the highest is 75 mm; up to 85 mm with the Park level included.
Within the cabin, the Levante Trofeo features sculpted sport seats with premium full-grain “Pieno Fiore” natural leather. It is processed to develop unique character throughout the years with contrast stitching and “Trofeo” logo embroidered on the headrests. The central lower console’s rotary knob is a high-quality forged aluminium component that offers intuitive control of audio volume and other infotainment system functions.
The sportiness of the Trofeo Launch Edition is further enhanced with special multi-spoke 22″ Orione alloy wheels in matte finishing and high-performance brake calipers in either blue, red or yellow; to match the car’s respective body colour. The exclusive carbon fibre inserts on the bumpers, side skirts and specially designed bonnet are added to make its exterior stand out.
Meanwhile, the interior features similar sports seats with premium full-grain “Pieno Fiore” natural leather like in the Trofeo, but the Launch Edition comes with contrasting stitching and a “Trofeo” logo embroidered on the headrest that is available in either blue, red or yellow, to match its particular body colour.
Further, the Trofeo Launch Edition’s uniqueness is highlighted by new interior details in “3D Touch” matte carbon fibre trim, paddle shifters, specific instrument cluster graphics, floor mats with metal Trofeo badges and a Maserati clock with a unique dial. The on-board set up is completed by a 1,280-watt, 17-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium surround sound audio system for a concert hall sound experience.
The Maserati Levante Trofeo Launch Edition is priced at RM838,800 (before local duties and taxes), inclusive of full specifications and options.
The price includes 3 years Standard Warranty coverage with no mileage restriction plus a Free maintenance program for 3 years / 60,000 km, whichever comes first (inclusive of Maserati Premium Service Plus of 3 Years / 60,000 km).
Maserati Levante Trofeo Launch Edition owners will enjoy an exclusive 7-year warranty program, called ‘Serenity’ across South East Asia Pacific (SEAP) region, including Malaysia with the program being valid throughout June 2020 only.
You can contact Naza Italia-Maserati showroom in Petaling Jaya for an exclusive viewing (03 7956 8599 or 1700 81 5051).