Maserati Levante Trofeo
Before his death in July 2018, Sergio Marchionne, then-chairman at Maserati, said the company was going to electrify its entire lineup by 2022, launching four full-electric versions of its models and eight plug-in hybrids.
While the world waits — a Maserati spokesman was unable to confirm Marchionne’s timeline or product development — the Italian brand continues to strengthen its commitment to expanding the Levante line.
The trident-badged SUV’s inauguration occurred in 2016; its latest and most powerful iteration underscores the new V8 engine developed in conjunction with Ferrari engineering and built in its Maranello factory.
Offering three suspension modes — Comfort, Sport and Corsa — the latter of which is exclusive to the Trofeo, the SUV drops an inch and pushes all of the driving limits to their respective maximums.
Prior to launch, a dozen Levante V8 mule prototypes were challenge tested on five continents, including environments where no other Maserati had ever been before, so rest assured, everything from carpool or cross-country driving is covered.
Price: From $170,000
Engine: 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8
Power: 590 hp
Standout feature: Employing the same 90- degree block as Ferrari’s new Portofino and built in its Maranello factory, the Maserati Levante Trofeo’s engine is paramount to the Levante Trofeo experience.
Ferrari 488 Pista
Ferrari flourishes on superlatives. One on hand, the Prancing Horse’s latest release, the 488 Pista, operates with the most powerful V8 engine in the company’s history.
Part of the special series sports car segment, it’s also the vehicle with the highest level of technological transfers from racing. On the other hand, the 488 Pista is simply a significant amending of the 488, unveiled in 2015 and which is itself a heavily revised 458, first introduced 10 years ago.
In true Ferrari fashion, the company continuously creates iterations, limited runs and rebranding opportunities to keep its loyal fanbase of collectors and wishful owners constantly wanting more.
The addition of turbocharger speed sensors on each cylinder bank provides real-time feedback. They also increase sound. Likewise, the aerodynamic S-Duct through the hood visually shortens the car’s nose and, as a byproduct, creates a floating, almost extending wing effect.
Ferrari’s 488 Pista has enthusiasts already hyping its next production vehicle, the F8 Tributo, as it rides on the same platform as the 488.
Price: From $349,050
Engine: 3.9-liter turbo V8
Power: 711 hp
Standout feature: The Ferrari 488 Pista’s aerodynamic S-Duct through the hood visually shortens the car’s nose and, as a byproduct, creates a floating, almost extending wing effect.