Novitec goes wild on Maserati's hottest SUV.
There is no shortage of fast, high-performance SUVs that you can walk into a dealership to buy. Some notable German examples include the Audi RS Q8, BMW X5 M (and X6 M), and the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S. All of these SUVs are ferociously fast and produce near (or over) 600 horsepower, but there is only one fast SUV on the market that is powered by a Ferrari V8: the Maserati Levante Trofeo.
The Trofeo is the most powerful variant of the Levante, powered by 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 590 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque. It may cost $149,990 but with a 0-60 mph of just 3.8 seconds, the Levante Trofeo seems worth every penny. Now, there's an even faster option available on the aftermarket.
Novitec may be a German tuner but the company has created some amazing Italian cars from Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Maserati. The company's latest project, called the Esteso V2, is based on the Maserati Levante Trofeo. It starts with a widebody kit with fender flares, pushing the Levante's width to 82.2 inches.
The kit is made up of eight pieces, which can be optioned in bare carbon fiber. There is also a scoop on the wood, spoiler on the tailgate, and cutouts on the fender flares to give this SUV even more aggression. Capping off the design is a lowering kit and massive 22-inch center-lock wheels.
This isn't just an appearance package either. Novitec also increases the power under the hood. The 3.8-liter V8 now produces 616 hp and 605 lb-ft, bumping the top speed up to 191 mph. If you own a Levante S with the twin-turbo V6, Novitec can take the output from 424 hp to 494 hp, dropping the 0-60 mph time from five seconds to 4.8 seconds. It is worth noting that Maserati is working on a new 4.0-liter V8 that will likely be used in the facelifted Levante.