Entering a New Dimension

Making choices is not a luxury, it’s a fundamental aspect of our lives. We’re taking a look at the latest additions to Maserati’s range of Trofeo models.
Text Matthias Mederer
Photo Maserati

A face covered in oil, rubber and dead flies, as if it was a thick layer of make-up, shielded from the wind by large driving goggles, and leather-gloved hands firmly gripping a wooden steering wheel – that’s the stuff of romantic evening-time reveries. And who can blame us? After all, when you hear the name Maserati, you can’t help but think of Juan Manuel Fangio and dramatic racetrack victories won with legendary cars and breathtaking engines. Just take the model designation 250F – word has it there are fathers out there who actually considered it a worthy name for their firstborn. What I’m trying to get at: Maserati and performance are two words that have been inextricably linked for decades.
It’s good to know all this when you get into a Maserati today – when you touch the upholstery, take in the smell, start the engine and hear that sound that fills not only your ears and your head but also tickles your gut – the seat of your counter-steer instincts.

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But there’s more to the story. When you follow the Maserati catalog up to the 1960s, you start to see models that were designed to combine performance and elegance, pioneering the luxury sports sedan segment avant la lettre. So it’s clear that this category is an important part of Maserati’s proud heritage.
And then there are the films, most notably The Intouchables, an ode to the things that really matter in life: the human spirit, friendship, compassion – and a Maserati, if you count that too. A black one, with an engine that sounds like an African lion belting out a Sunday sermon in the savanna.

There’s no need to belabor the point any further: the Maserati brand DNA has something very special about it. It’s the hedonistic principle, and all the expectations that come with it. Innovation, luxury and performance are concepts that are thrown around a lot, but today it’s more important than ever for brands to really bring them to life. Customers have grown more critical and brand loyalty can no longer be taken for granted. Most experts agree that the path is similar for all customers: they start out as newbies, grow more experienced and more serious as they go along, turn into seekers of exclusivity and eventually graduate to the status of seasoned connoisseurs. True experts like that know that MSP stands for Maserati Stability Program, a technology that was developed in countless tests performed under extreme conditions. It uses an array of sensors to reduce torque, trigger precise breaking maneuvers and restore vehicle stability in fractions of a second in the event of skidding. Those in the know are also familiar with the IVC (Integrated Vehicle Control) system that has been incorporated in the Trofeo models to optimize lateral dynamics in a subtle way even when the MSP system is off. At this point, it would be easy to quote that old chestnut by Oscar Wilde, who said that a man of simple tastes just like himself is always satisfied with the best. But that’s not completely spot-on here. Another quote attributed to Wilde is more to the point: “The average gives the world its substance, the extraordinary gives it its value.”

“The average gives the world its substance, the extraordinary gives it its value.”

The Trofeo badge is about the small details that make all the difference. And it always means more power. Following the Levante, now the Ghibli and the Quattroporte have also received the Trofeo treatment. The engine they use is derived from the V8 unit powering the Quattroporte GTS and the Levante Trofeo and dishes out 580 hp. The 3.8 liters of cubic capacity give it a thunderous voice. This raw power translates into a top speed of 326 km/h, which makes the Ghibli Trofeo and the Quattroporte Trofeo the fastest sedans Maserati has ever produced. In contrast to the Levante, these two models are pure rear-wheel-drive cars. At this point, it becomes harder and harder to put the Trofeo experience into words. It’s no longer just about the facts. It’s about experiencing a guilty pleasure, the adventurous side of mobility. It’s about stepping out of the comfort zone and following the call of the forbidden. Speed and rock ’n’ roll: blazing through a traffic light that’s somewhere between yellow and red, pushing 120 km/h on a country road where the speed limit is 100 km/h. Or getting lost on purpose and stopping to ask people for the way. Frivolous things like that.

"The engine they use is derived from the V8 unit powering the Quattroporte GTS and the Levante Trofeo and dishes out 580 hp. The 3.8 liters of cubic capacity give it a thunderous voice."

Getting a taste of freedom, without knowing what will happen next. Leaving things up to chance, having fun. Maserati has a word for that: Corsa. The buttons on the center console activate Corsa mode, which complements the familiar ICE and Sport driving modes. To go Corsa, you have to press the “Sport/Corsa” button on the freshly revamped center console panel twice. The change can be felt immediately. It’s best described as what athletes refer to as “body tension”. The accelerator response becomes much more direct, the gears shift more quickly, the air suspension pulls the car closer to the tarmac, and the traction control and ESC systems step into the background. Using the Launch Control system to go from zero to 100 km/h is the ultimate showcase for the capabilities of Corsa mode. The figures speak for themselves: 4.3 seconds are the official time for the Ghibli Trofeo, 4.5 for the Quattroporte Trofeo. And that’s exactly what these cars will deliver in your hands, again and again.

It goes without saying that the Trofeo models also tick all the boxes when it comes to state-of-the-art digital mobility, thanks to the Maserati Connect system. For example, it gives you improved security should you need breakdown assistance or if the car is stolen. Alexa or Google Assist are always at your side. With Maserati’s Trofeo models, the power of mobility is simply a given, and the power of attraction takes over.




Maserati Ghibli Trofeo
Engine: twin-turbocharged V8
Displacement: 3,799 cc
Power: 580 hp (427 kW) at 6,750 rpm
Torque: 730 Nm at 2,250 rpm
0–100: km/h approx. 4.3 s
Top speed: 326 km/h

Maserati Levante Trofeo
Engine: twin-turbocharged V8
Displacement: 3,799 cc
Power: 580 hp (427 kW) at 6,750 rpm
Torque: 730 Nm at 2,500 rpm
0–100 km/h: approx. 4.1 s
Top speed: 302 km/h

Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo
Engine: twin-turbocharged V8
Displacement: 3,799 cc
Power: 580 hp (427 kW) at 6,750 rpm
Torque: 730 Nm at 2,250 rpm
0–100 km/h: approx. 4.5 s
Top speed: 326 km/h


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