Around 520 hp ought to be good enough to battle the Cayenne Turbo.
Right now you can buy a new Maserati Levante with up to 430 hp. That sounds pretty good thanks to its twin-turbo V6 under the hood, but in this day and age that simply won't be good enough. Proof? The just revealed Porsche Cayenne Turbo and its 550-hp engine. Autocar has confirmed that, sometime next year, Maserati will unleash the Levante GTS, and it'll come powered by Ferrari's twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8, this time tuned to around 523 hp, if not higher.
Because of that significant power boost, the Levante GTS is being reengineered with unique chassis settings. Overall ride comfort, however, will be somewhat sacrificed in order to have better body control. Also, the Levante GTS is not something you'll want to take off-road, though we've learned first-hand the standard Levante is surprisingly decent off-pavement. The Levante GTS is intended to be a true high-performance machine in every sense, hence sticking to paved roads. Styling wise, the GTS will feature unique trim inside and out, such as larger wheels and a more aggressive front bumper.
Interior upgrades are guaranteed as well, such as increased use of carbon fiber trim. Obviously the GTS will be the most expensive Levante, which currently starts off at $85,850 in the US. Like the Cayenne Turbo and Turbo S, the Levante GTS will easily sell for around $100k.