Maserati's Trofeo trifecta now comprises of the Levante, Ghibli and the Quattroporte. The Ghibli, for the first time ever, gets a V8 heart.
In 2018, Maserati had introduced the Levante Trofeo – the most powerful & extreme version of its debut SUV. The Levante Trofeo (also available in India) packs in the same 3.8-litre Ferrari-sourced twin-turbo V8 as the Quattroporte GTS. Now though, the Levante is no longer the lone Trofeo model as Maserati has also introduced both its saloons, the Quattroporte and the Ghibli, in Trofeo guises as well. To give the Trofeo collection an unmistakable Italian identity, the launch colours for the three models have been picked from the Italian flag – Green for Quattroporte, White for Levante and Red for Ghibli.
Like the Levante Trofeo, the Quattroporte and the Ghibli Trofeo models are also powered by the same twin-turbo V8. However, up until now, the Levante Trofeo was available only as a 582bhp version. Now, all three Trofeo models are on sale with power & torque figures pegged at 572bhp and 730Nm (the 572bhp Levante Trofeo is only available in Europe, North America, Korea, China, Japan & India. Rest of the world still gets the 582bhp version). For the Ghibli, this is the first time that it gets a V8 heart. This is in stark contrast to the recently-unveiled 2021 Ghibli Hybrid, that's powered by an electrified 2.0-litre petrol motor. A ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox sends power to the rear wheels (Quattroporte and Ghibli) and to all four wheels, in case of the Levante Trofeo.
The Trofeo models are all about exemplary performance and the figures signify that. 0-100km/h for the Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo comes up in 4.3 seconds and 4.5 seconds, respectively. But both cars will go all the way up to 326km/h, making them the quickest & most powerful road-going Maserati saloons ever. In comparison, the Levante Trofeo does its 0-100km/h run in 4.1 seconds (572bhp), to reach a top speed of 302km/h.
Apart from the thumping V8 powerplant, there are some feature additions as well on the Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo. Both cars inherit the Levante Trofeo's Launch Control and Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) system that offers a specific, performance-oriented setup. The saloons get an additional 'Corsa' button for even sportier performance.
Visually, the Maserati Trofeo collection gets some bespoke touches and special finishes to set it apart. These additions include a new vertical twin-louvre grille with a Piano Black finish and carbon fibre trim for the front air ducts and rear diffuser. There also is bespoke red detailing at multiple spots on the Trofeo models, most noticeably on the side air vents of the front quarter panels and the taillights have been redesigned too, with a new 'boomerang' light signature. Both the Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo are fitted with 21-inch aluminium Orione wheels, while the Ghibli also gets a slightly tweaked hood, with the same air ducts as the Levante Trofeo.
Inside, a new Trofeo panel greets the driver that displays an exclusive Trofeo-spec interface. The full-grain Pieno Fiore leather interior upholstery also remains exclusive to the Trofeo models. Both the Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo get a larger, 10.1-inch infotainment screen with upgraded resolution and an updated version of the MIA (Maserati Intelligent Assistant). The Levante Trofeo continues with its 8.4-inch multimedia display but gets better graphics and resolution too.