- I pitted a 2020 Maserati Levante GTS against a 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS is a battle of high-performance, luxury SUVs that are … both GTS’s!
- The Porsche I tested was quite a bit more expensive than the Maserati, but it was crammed with options — the base Cayenne is actually cheaper than the base Levante.
- Both SUVs have potent V8 engines, but the Levante’s puts out a bunch more horsepower. Yet the 0-60 mph times are separated by only half a second.
- As magnificent as the Maserati Levante GTS is, the Porsche Cayenne GTS has an edge.
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Italian or German?
No, I’m not asking about preferences in opera. I want to know if you like your automotive arias with a plate of pasta or a side of spaetzle. You know what I’m talking about: the classic Maserati vs. Porsche conundrum.
OK, so classic is a stretch here. Porsche more naturally battles with Ferrari, but Maranello hasn’t yet produced the SUV it has promised. As Ferrari’s sister company, however, Maserati is a good stand-in, and the Levante is a solid preview of what you should expect from the FUV (that’s Ferrari Utility Vehicle).
So I’ve matched up Stuttgart’s masterpiece, the 2021 Cayenne GTS, with one of the top dogs in Bologna’s lineup, the Levante GTS.
So, Italian GTS against German GTS. Which GTS rules the continent?
Options trading Let’s start with the stonking 2020 Maserati Levante GTS. My tester arrived wearing a Blu Emozione paint job and several thousand dollars in extras that pushed the $123,290 sticker price to $136,000.
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Options trading The glorious piece of Italian design is either the best-looking SUV on Earth or a solid number two, depending on what you think of the Jaguar F-PACE.
Options trading The “Nerissimo” pack was a $1,000 add-on that brought some slick, black highlights to the exterior, notably the grille.
Options trading Like Mercedes, Maserati has retained a flush hood ornament, as well as the prominent trident badge, in chrome.
Options trading Yes, it’s a Maserati, so it must sport the signature ports on the flanks, rimmed in chrome.
Options trading Usually, an SUV’s back end demands compromise. Not so with the Levante. As with the F-PACE and, to a lesser degree, Levante’s stablemate, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the Levante’s designers nailed the elegant hind-quarters.
Cargo capacity for the Maserati Levante GTS is 21 cubic-feet rising to 57 cubic feet with the second-row seats folded away. This was more than enough to handle my week-in-the-‘burbs shopping needs.
Options trading Gaze upon the glory of a 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged, 550-horsepower V8 engine, making 538 pound-feet of torque and sending the oomph to an all-wheel-drive system through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
My tester didn’t come with specs for fuel economy, but with this motor, I would expect less than 20 mpg combined, and that’s how my Levante was tracking during the week I drove it around in a combination of city/highway conditions.