Wrap your head around this: There's a brand-new high-performance Maserati that just debuted at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. It's got a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 making 590 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque. It promises a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed nearing 190 mph, making it one of the quickest and most powerful Maseratis in the history of the brand.
And it's an SUV.
Yes, this is the Maserati Levante Trofeo, the high-performance variant of the Italian automaker's crossover. It's packing some serious performance, 22-inch wheels and the requisite carbon fiber aero and trim details.
And it sounds like the Trofeo will embody some serious performance. Maserati says the muscular trucklet has a 50-50 front-rear weight distribution, Corsa driving mode, and Launch Control. The automaker says the new Integrated Vehicle Control stability and traction system helps to "prevent vehicle instability, instead of correcting 'driver mistakes'" as a normal stability system would.
Whatever your thoughts on the continued SUV-ification of the North American auto market, midsize performance crossovers are a burgeoning segment. With the 503-horsepower Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio and 440-horsepower Porsche Macan Turbo putting up fierce competition, we're curious to see how the fire-breathing Maserati stacks up.