Italian luxury automaker Maserati has launched a new 345 bhp version of its V6 engine on the Levante lineup. This has resulted in the introduction of a new entry-level petrol trim which has been placed under the Levante S, and comes with a starting price tag of £61,425.
The new 3.0 litre 6-cylinder petrol engine that has also been introduced to the Quattroporte model is capable of offering a max power output of 345 bhp, which is 79 bhp of less power than that of the V6 engine that does the duty on the Levante S. The new engine will also eventually be introduced on the Ghibli model range. However, the new 3 litre engine delivers better fuel efficiency with a claimed mileage of 24.4 mpg as compared against the 23.9 mpg fuel efficiency of the more potent engine. The engine’s CO2 emission is rated at 268-270 g/km.
The new V6 engine powered Maserati Levante luxury SUV which is Porsche Cayenne’s arch rival, can do the 0 to 62 mph sprint in just 6.0 seconds, and it offers a top speed of 156 mph. This makes the new entry-level variant only eight-tenth of second and 8 mph behind the performance level of the more expensive Levante S that is available at a starting £72,525.