Maserati has revealed a new version of its Levante SUV at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed called the Levante GTS.

It’s another V8 powered version of the Italian brand’s Porsche Macan rival, and a sister car to the Levante Trofeo revealed earlier this year at the New York Motor Show.

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Like that car it makes use of a 3.8-litre twin turbo eight cylinder motor, though it produces a little less power – 542bhp compared to the Trofeo’s 590bhp. Peak torque of 730Nm is delivered between 2,500rpm and 5,000rpm, and power is sent to FCA’s Q4 all-wheel-drive system through an eight-speed ZF gearbox.

From a performance perspective, Maserati claims that the Levante GTS will reel off the 0-62mph dash in 4.2 seconds, while top speed is pegged at 181mph. That means it can’t out accelerate its sister car – the V6 powered Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio – but that VMAX figure makes the Levante GTS comfortably one of the fastest SUVs on the planet.

Maserati’s designers have injected the Levante GTS with similar styling tweaks to the more powerful Trofeo. It sports a new, more aggressive and lower front end, while it sits on fresh alloy wheels too, 22-inches in size.

Tweaks in the cabin are subtler. The Levante GTS forgoes any individual interior design changes, but features sports pedals and full premium leather upholstery as standard, with a Harman Kardon premium stereo with 14 speakers on the options list.

The Trofeo is not available in the UK, and Maserati has not yet confirmed if the GTS will be sold in Britain either, despite the car’s Goodwood debut.

The arrival of the GTS headlines a slightly revised 2019 model year Levante. Adaptive LED matrix headlights are on the options list, while Maserati says it has updated the car’s infotainment too, with new graphics. It should feel different to drive as well, as Maserati has equipped with Levante with the Integrated Vehicle Control stability system used on the Ghibli.

Finally, the Levante is now available in 11 exterior colours, while there are five new alloy wheel designs too.

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