Maserati will fit a Ferrari twin-turbo V8 in the Ghibli and Quattroporte

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Aug 11, 2020
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Gather around, Internet folk, for we have exciting news from Italy. Remember the Maserati Levante Trofeo, the bonkers Ferrari-engined SUV from the Bologna-based company? Well, Maserati has finally decided that its other cars should get the Trofeo treatment, too.

Yep, that means the 582hp 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 has now also found homes in both the Ghibli and the Quattroporte. Fantastic stuff.

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Unlike the Levante, though, the Ghibli and the Quattroporte both fully send all of that power (and 729Nm of torque) to the rear wheels via the eight-speed ZF auto gearbox. Top speed is  327kph, and the Ghibli does 0-100kph in 4.3sec, while the Quattroporte takes 0.2sec longer to hit the century mark. These are the fastest sedans Maserati has ever built, although with its four-wheel drive, the Levante manages the same sprint in just 4.1sec.

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No chassis strengthening was needed for either new car, but a new Corsa drive mode introduces Launch Control and opens up the exhaust valves, apart from firming up the clever Skyhook dampers. The engine has been slightly reworked after its initial use in the Levante, too, with new pistons, connecting rods, and parallel twin-scroll turbos.

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With the introduction of the Trofeo family, Maserati has facelifted its whole range with new rear light clusters and a redesigned interior with an updated 10.1-inch touchscreen and infotainment system. In Trofeo trim, they also get carbon-fiber aero appendages and red detailing—just to let everyone know you’ve bought the correct Maserati. Well done, you.

Surely, Maserati should be commended for sticking with the V8 in these testing times? But don’t forget, the Italian carmaker is also launching a new sports car with a 621hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, and has recently entered the hybrid arena with the updated Ghibli. What do we think of its latest line of offerings?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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