Maserati‘s Trofeo nameplate has always symbolized the pinnacle of performance for Maserati, and the lucky model equipped with it undergoes a vivid transformation from runway queen into a track slaying king. Maserati is keen on expanding and continuing this iconic tradition and it has unveiled three new Trofeo models, the Ghibli Trofeo, Quattroporte Trofeo, and an updated version of the Levante Trofeo.
But before we get into the other two bearers of the Trofeo nameplate, we might as well focus our attention on the Ghibli Trofeo which is arguably the most exciting of the trio. The model drops a V8 into the Ghibli for the first time ever, and it’s a real firecracker of an engine to boot. Borrowed from the Ferrari parts bin, the 3.5 liter twin-turbocharged V8 produces 580 horsepower and 530 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to an eight speed automatic transmission, with all the power being sent to the rear wheels. This translates to a potentially hair raising experience, but look for it to also be a whole lot of fun to toss around the track. Maserati claims that it can make the sprint to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds, with a final top speed of 202 mph. The exterior benefits from a new set of 21-inch wheels, carbon aero trim, rear extractor, redesigned tailights, and a tweaked trident badge with Trofeo script. All three models feature an all new Trofeo script badge on the fender that sits above some stylish red accent trim.
With the Ghibli taking a radical approach to its Trofeo transformation, the Quattroporte takes a much more incremental and deliberate approach to its suite of updates. With Maserati already selling the Quattropore in a GTS trim that makes 530 horsepower, the climb up to the full 580 horsepower is not as noticeable, but any bump in horsepower is always welcome. As a result of it being heavier than the Ghibli, the dash to 62 mph is blunted slightly, with the Quattroporte doing the deed in 4.5 seconds, but it retains the same 202 mph top speed.
Last but certainly not least is the Levante Trofeo. We have piloted this monster both on the track and on the street, so its ability to generate a well deserved grin on ones face is thankfully unchanged. Maserati instead chose to dress up the exterior and the interior a bit more which allows the sharper looking Levante to make quite a styling statement especially as it thunders its way to a 4.1 second 0 to 62 mph time. Other than a few changes that are distinct to each model, the trio does share some core characteristics with each other including Trofeo exclusive digital graphics, carbon trim, Trident embossed headrests, and Pieno Firoe leather accents. The Quattroporte and the Ghibli get a larger 10.1 inch touchscreen infotainment system, but the Levante makes do with the smaller 8.4 inch unit which has been updated with crisper graphics as well as a higher resolution quality.
Pricing and distribution data remains unknown on the updated Trofeo lineup, but look for those particular details to make their respective apperances closer to their official on sale dates.
Carl Malek has been an automotive journalist for over 10 years. First starting out as a freelance photographer before making the transition to writing during college, his work has appeared on numerous automotive forums as well as websites such as Autoshopper.com.
Carl is also a big fan of British vehicles with the bulk of his devotion going to the Morgan Motor Company as well as offerings from Lotus, MG, and Caterham. When he is not writing about automobiles, Carl enjoys spending time with his family and friends in the Metro Detroit area, as well as spending time with his adorable pets.