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Spied: Maserati out testing V8-powered Levante GTS

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Marcus De Guzman / Carpix for AutoIndustriya.com | September 14, 2017 10:22

More powerful Maserati Levante GTS spotted for the first time

What was once only available with six-cylinder engines will soon come with a twin-turbo V8. Yes you read that right, Maserati was recently spotted testing a heavily camouflaged Levante that our spies perceived as the more powerful GTS.

Spied: Maserati out testing V8-powered Levante GTS

Caught by our spies being tested in Europe, the Levante GTS gets a modified exterior, along with a myriad of chassis upgrades. Beginning with the front fascia, the prototype crossover gets larger air intakes which will help in cooling the engine and make it stand out from the rest. Beyond that, it's quite difficult to tell what other changes Maserati has made.

Turn towards the side however, and we do get to see that the GTS has a slightly lower ride height, along with beefier brakes. Around the back, it gets larger diameter exhaust pipes which further denote its high-output motor.

Spied: Maserati out testing V8-powered Levante GTS

The rear bumper gets the camouflage livery as well though we're not entirely sure what Maserati will do with it. Our best guess is Maserati will give it a rear diffuser for better aerodynamics.

As mentioned earlier, the Levante GTS will come with a twin-turbo V8 sourced from Ferrari. As it is highly likely the same engine that powerrs the Quattroporte GTS, the V8-powered Levante may produce well over 520 PS.

Spied: Maserati out testing V8-powered Levante GTS

Also curious to see during the road test is a BMW X5 M which Maserati was using to benchmark the upcoming Levante GTS. It's safe to say that the Italian automaker is indeed serious in joining the lurcative high-performance crossover segment.

Spied: Maserati out testing V8-powered Levante GTS

It is expected to make its world debut in Q1 of 2018.