Driving Towards a Cure in the Maserati Levante Trofeo

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Ah, the Maserati Levante Trofeo. We’ve been right here earlier than, ensconced within the nonetheless, near-silent cabin, the air-con quietly whispering within the background, tucked into the gentle leather-based seats of Maserati’s ne plus extremely household hauler and all-purpose SUV. We’ve reported on it earlier than. And we appreciated it. We actually, REALLY appreciated it. So we’re glad to be again in it once more.

There’s a lot to love in regards to the Levante Trofeo. From it’s engaging exterior styling and design that loudly proclaims that it’s one thing particular – value a second and third look – to it’s wealthy leather-based and carbon-fiber inside with almost each luxurious and comfort accessible in a contemporary automotive; From the electronically-adjustable suspension that’s able to elevating the Levante up just a few inches for extra off-road clearance or decreasing it down nearer to the tarmac to extend it’s aerodynamic effectivity whereas firming up the shocks in Corsa mode to rocket by way of corners quicker than any SUV has any enterprise travelin; To say nothing of the true coronary heart of the la bella machina: the twin-turbo Ferrari-built V8 engine that proudly sits beneath the hood, making totally superb noises whereas giving the massive, heavy SUV sufficient energy (580hp) to embarrass some severe sports activities automobiles; Certainly, there’s MUCH to love right here.

Maserati appears to have lengthy struggled to realize the sophistication and panache that it wanted within the trendy luxurious automotive market however over the previous couple of years, they appear to have actually discovered their stride and are actually producing the very best automobiles of their lengthy and storied historical past. Whereas present Maserati’s are nice automobiles, the brand new Trofeo trim stage that gives the Ferrari engine and the Corsa suspension, pushes them to new ranges of excellence that Maserati must be extraordinarily pleased with. We’ve actually been extraordinarily impressed with the Ghibli Trofeo and the Levante Trofeo that we’ve been capable of drive.

They just lately provided us just a few days in a beautiful purple (a brand new coloration!) Levante Trofeo and we couldn’t say no. (Would you?) Particularly after they informed us it was for a very good trigger. The trigger is Drive Towards a Treatment (drivetowardacure.org), a non-profit that raises cash for Parkinson’s Illness analysis and affected person care. Almost everybody is aware of somebody that has had Parkinson’s Illness and seen the havoc that it wreaks on the human physique. It’s a depressing illness and it’s actually worthy of elevating cash for analysis and to assist those who have it afford the companies they want to deal with it. To their credit score, Maserati thought so too and jumped into the combat by underwriting (together with Hagerty Driver’s Membership) the “75 Days of Summer season” program. For a small donation ($20) you’re entered to win a ton of very good prizes, from driving sneakers to Skip Barber faculty. Getting individuals to donate primarily based on what number of miles they’ve pushed enters you for a lot of extra, even higher prizes. It’s an important concept for automotive golf equipment and automotive golf equipment to lift cash for Parkinson’s analysis and affected person care.

What Drive Towards A Treatment has executed is to concentrate on tapping America’s automotive tradition to assist elevate cash for Parkinson’s analysis and affected person care by way of unique all-inclusive driving excursions and occasions, deliberate scenic drives, automotive membership fund-raising, promotional gross sales, and good quaint donations. If you happen to’re an individual of means, there are some nice driving excursions you possibly can join that may introduce you to some nice roads, breathtaking surroundings, nice individuals, and nice meals. A share of the price will go to assist the trigger. If you happen to’re not an individual of means, there are much less unique occasions – drives, excursions, monitor occasions – which you could take part in, of which a sure share of the price goes to assist the trigger. Their web site additionally has some very nice swag you should buy, of which a share goes to assist the trigger. Additionally they settle for straight donations. It’s a enjoyable and fulfilling solution to elevate cash to combat one thing that’s not so enjoyable and fulfilling. We members of the Automobile Tribe have all the time had beneficiant hearts for medical fundraising and that is yet another factor we are able to do to enhance the world. Better of all, it’s EASY to assist. I strongly encourage you to go to drivetowardacure.org and test it out. (Simply don’t purchase the print of the Ferrari 250LM at Reims – i would like that.)

And earlier than I neglect…they’ve a really particular occasion arising on September thirteenth, 2022, at 7:00PM EST – a digital occasion that includes Tanner Faust and Lori Unser, in which you’ll win some very superior prizes. It’s fully free however donations are all the time welcome. It is best to register right here:

So thanks, Maserati, for together with us in your endeavor. We’re honored to be part of it. And we had been additionally honored to have the ability to drive the Levante Trofeo once more as nicely.

The brand new purple coloration is extraordinary. I had been questioning which shade of grey, white, or black it was going to reach in and was delighted to see such a enjoyable however refined coloration on it. It actually appears to be like nice in purple. Inside, the black leather-based had matching purple stitching that tied the entire thing collectively, in addition to shiny carbon fiber, aluminum and an alcantara headliner.

It’s astounding how rapidly this large truck will get up and strikes, and the way nimble it’s. The Ferrari-built engine might not scream like a 458, nevertheless it actually roars and makes the Levante really feel like a a lot lighter automotive than it truly is. Throughout acceleration runs, it could scramble your mind. Truthfully. Your mind can’t fairly comprehend the way it’s potential for such a big car to speed up so rapidly. It feels almost weightless, however then 580 hp has that impact.

The fundamental default trip is snug and refined, if somewhat squishy. Urgent the suspension mode button for Sport corporations issues up a bit and holding the button longer to get Corsa (monitor) corporations it up even larger ranges of firmness that make it able to doing extraordinary issues in that setting. It feels extra like a severe efficiency automotive than an SUV and it’s fairly able to delivering that efficiency too.

The 22” wheels had been wrapped in Continental tires and offered glorious grip, assisted by the all-wheel drive and a incredible stability and traction management system. Behind the trident-themed wheels had been a few of the most spectacular brake disks and calipers you’ve ever seen and so they actually did a incredible job of stopping all that weight and momentum. They had been able to hanging you up within the seatbelts when you acquired on them arduous sufficient.

Maserati Levante Trofeo interior

The motive force’s seat was greater than snug, well-bolstered to carry you in place however not so bolstered that it was troublesome to get out and in of. Frankly, when you’re in you actually don’t need to exit anyway however Maserati noticed to it that you could possibly. The thick wheel gave ample grip and the view of the gauges by way of the wheel was good and unobstructed. The wheel adjusted for top and telescoped as nicely. The seats adjusted about 320 other ways and had been each heated and ventilated. All of the controls had been simple to grasp and use. The infotainment/navigation was useless easy to make use of and intuitive. The one factor we took challenge with was how tight to the middle console the seatbelt receivers had been. It was troublesome to get the seatbelt tongues within the receivers when you’re, uh, barely greater than supermodel skinny.

The backseat was simply as good, with seat controls thrown in for ahead, backwards, recline, and warmth. There was ample room behind the rear seats as nicely – extra when you folded the rear seats down.

The Levante Trofeo might be my favourite SUV in the marketplace proper now. It does all the things proper and nothing flawed. At $175,000, that’s in all probability anticipated nevertheless it’s nonetheless good to really feel that you just’re getting your cash’s value.

Whereas out driving the massive Maserati alone at some point, I started desirous about Parkinson’s Illness and in regards to the individuals I’ve recognized that had it. It was horrible watching them lose management of their limbs and motor abilities. What an terrible feeling it have to be to know that quickly you’ll lose the flexibility to drive a automotive or might have already misplaced the flexibility to take part on this great point referred to as driving. I do know that if I weren’t capable of drive, an enormous brilliant gentle in my life can be extinguished. That’s a horrible and scary thought to me, to say nothing of the opposite issues I’d have to surrender. What number of others have already suffered that loss, compelled to surrender the enjoyment of driving? It’s a heavy factor to think about when driving one thing so unique and ideal and enjoyable. I admire Maserati together with us of their effort to combat Parkinson’s Illness and I used to be moved to make somewhat donation myself. I hope you’ll go to Drive Towards the Treatment’s web site (www.drivetowardacure.org) and perhaps join an occasion (particularly the digital occasion), purchase one thing that contributes to the analysis, or just make a straight donation. As a result of the earlier we eradicate Parkinson’s Illness the safer we’ll all be from shedding the flexibility to do the issues we take pleasure in most in our lives. Thanks.

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