After a year-long wait, the Ferrari-powered Maserati Levante Trofeo is finally here.

Maserati Philippines has officially launched the twin-turbo V8 SUV last week, bringing with it more power, improved handling, coupled with more aggressive design. With the introduction of the Levante Trofeo in the country, it now joins the previously offered twin-turbo V6 and turbocharged diesel siblings, completing the brand's SUV model lineup in the country.

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Starting with the biggest change, the Levante Trofeo benefits from a new 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 which produces 590 horsepower and 730 Nm of torque. For reference, this is the same engine as the one found in the 488 GTB. Power is then sent to all-four wheels via Maserati's Q4 all-wheel drive system. With the new engine, the Levante Trofeo now goes from 0-100km/h in just 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 300 km/h.

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To handle the more powerful engine, Maserati retuned the suspension. Maserati says that new suspension provides better handling without sacrificing comfort of the passengers.

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From afar, both the standard Levante and Trofeo do have similar designs. Up close, however, and you'll notice that the Levante Trofeo features a more aggressive exterior styling. There's a new front bumper with larger air intakes and a larger front grill with vertical bars finished in gloss black. At the rear, there's a more aggressive diffuser with large exhaust integrated into it. Larger 22-inch forged aluminum wheels complete the exterior makeover.

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Inside, there are new sport seats finished in natural leather. Matte carbon fiber trim lines the dashboard, paddle shifter and instrument cluster. There's also custom floor mats and even a Maserati clock.

Maserati Philippines says pricing for the new Levante Trofeo will be “on apllication”. However, we expect it to have a premium on top of the standard Levante.