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New York: Maserati Levante Trofeo

by Justin King

The new range-topper is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8, delivering 590 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque.

Maserati has revealed the new top-of-the-line Levante Trofeo at the New York auto show.

The SUV is one of the most powerful Maserati models ever, powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 with 590 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels.

"The engine boasts the highest output per litre (156 hp/litre) of any Maserati powerplant ever produced and, like all Maserati gasoline engines, is assembled by Ferrari in Maranello, Italy," the company says.

The extra oomph will launch the high-riding Levante to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds. The specs appear to finally elevate the model into more direct competition with Porsche's Cayenne Turbo.

The performance upgrade is accompanied by a unique body kit with carbon-fiber components, 22-inch aluminum wheels, sport seats and other interior enhancements.

Pricing and a specific launch date for the Levante Trofeo have not been formally announced.