2020 Maserati Levante Diesel Performance Review | V6 GranLusso
2020 Maserati Levante Diesel Performance Review of the entry-level version of the Levante with the 3.0-liter supercharged diesel V6 with a turbocharger, delivering 250 hp.
The psychological stumbling block of a Maserati with a diesel engine has long been outdated, the diesel-powered unit at the base of the Levante range is refined and ensures in-line performance for a car proudly sporting the Trident.
In fact, we are talking about the V6 3.0 turbodiesel built by the VM with Maserati specifications delivering 250 hp. The 2020 Maserati Levante Diesel reaches a top speed of 225 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 7 “3/10.
Certainly a bit ‘far in performance from the V6 and V8 petrol production Ferrar. But the V6 VM is especially appreciated by the high and constant torque that makes you forget about 2,130 kg of weight. Without forgetting the shooting and overtaking that are performed very quickly and safely. Furthermore, by selecting the Sport driving program, the Maserati Active Sound is activated. The system that makes the diesel “sing” with a rumble similar to that of the petrol-driven V8s, thus satisfying the enthusiasts’ ear.
We are convinced, however, that the ideal Maserati Levante is the one with the V6 and V8 petrol engines, supercharged and with extraordinary performances with the inimitable sound typical of the “Made in Maranello” units.
2020 Maserati Levante Diesel Transmission
The Maserati Levante has, on all versions, the refined Q4 all-wheel drive. In normal adhesion conditions, the car behaves like a rear wheel drive, as 100% of the torque is sent to the rear axle. So the maneuverability and more generally the pleasure of sports driving earn us and not a little. Instead, when the loss of adherence of the rear wheels approaches, a certain percentage of torque is sent to the front axle in just 150 milliseconds.
The gearbox is the well-known automatic ZF 8-speed converter with torque converter, capable of both ensuring the necessary comfort and pushing the gears in just 150 milliseconds using the manual setup and the Sport program. Of course the V6 VM does not have the stratospheric aspect of the V6 and V8 by Ferrari with petrol . But instinctively we are led to often use the fully
The set of factors that range from refined suspensions to quadrilaterals deformable at the front and multilink posteriorly, to air springs, from the all-wheel drive Q4 up to the distribution of weights of 50-50 on the two axles, makes the Maserati Levante still today the best in its category in the curves.
In other words, weight and important dimensions seem to vanish so much is the readiness to insert in trajectory. While the ability to deal with the curves with the highest possible precision and speed absurd is something extraordinary. Basically, the Levant drives itself more as if it were a sporting touring car compared to a high-end SUV.
Too bad that this fantastic steering with hydraulic servo assistance of the first series, of absolute precision, has been sacrificed on the altar of the ADAS and in its place appears a system with electric power steering. Nothing transcendental, it is clear, but despite being direct and communicative the new command has lost a bit ‘of the feeling that transmitted the previous steering.
The rest is a dip in the strongest emotions. Starting with admiring the line characterized by dramatic beauty. Then get on board and rediscover the atmosphere of high craftsmanship typically Maserati (leather upholstery and precious woods) and experience the high quality of construction.
Because the Maserati Levante is produced with care, dedication, and attention. In fact, it has nothing to envy to the German competitors and you would like to shake hands of every master who in the Mirafiori plant creates this all-Italian masterpiece of design and high technology.