Two years after introducing the high-performance (okay, higher performance) Levante Trofeo package, Maserati confirmed plans to offer similar versions of the Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans.
As one might guess, “Trofeo,” is Italian for trophy, and the Italian marque has been using the name in connection with its racing series. Now, it’s hoping the Trofeo series will make it a more formidable competitor in the retail market.
With their 580-horsepower twin-turbo V-8s, the Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo models are meant to pose a more direct challenge to German performance models such as the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63. Where the original Maserati Levante Trofeo topped out at 187 mph, the sedans keep going, with a rated top speed of 203 mph.
Unlike most of its German competitors, the new Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte models remain rear-wheel-drive, though the Italians have taken a number of steps to ensure all that power goes to the pavement and that the Trofeo models deliver competitive levels of traction.
There’s an updated version of the traction control offered in lesser models of the sedan, for one thing, and the Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo versions get new adaptive dampers, stiffer springs, more grippy versions of the Continental Sport Contact tire, and upgrades to their multi-link double-wishbone suspensions.
But what matters most is that twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 the Trofeo sedans share with the Levante version first launched two years ago. In all three models it makes 580 hp and 538 pound-feet of torque. Notably, this is the first time a V-8 is available for the Ghibli.
To pull off those numbers, Maserati engineers did more than just replace the engine control chip. They opted for new, parallel intercooled twin-scroll turbochargers, redesigned cylinder heads and new camshafts, among other mods.
Somewhat surprisingly – especially considering it’s the heaviest of the trio – it’s the Levante Trofeo SUV that is fastest off the line, hitting 60 in just 3.8 seconds. The Ghibli Trofeo needs a flat 4 seconds and the Quattroporte Trofeo is in at 4.2.
The V-8 is paired with a fast-shift ZF eight-speed automatic.
Visually, you’ll be able to spot the Trofeo sedans by looking for details such as unique 21-inch alloy wheels, a vented hood, carbon-fiber accents, additional air ducting and a splitter up front, as well as a new diffuser and side skirts in back. There also are new taillights lifting from the popular Maserati Alfieri concept of a few years back.
The cabin feature upgrades to its perforated leather and the 10.1-inch infotainment display, as well as a new 7-inch LCD screen centered within the analog gauge cluster.
The display helps you when you’re using Launch Control to maximize takeoff acceleration. It’s available when the three Trofeo models are switched into Corsa, or track, mode.
Maserati also is introducing a new, Alexa-style “Virtual Assistant” on the two Trofeo sedans.
While this may be Maserati’s ultimate driver’s car, it still features a number of advanced driver assistance systems, including lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and a semi-autonomous active driving assist system that reduces the burden on a driver on long trips – though it still requires hands be kept on the steering wheel.
As impressive as the stats for the Trofeo trio might seem, Maserati is pushing beyond with the upcoming MC20 sports coupe it’s finalizing development on. That model will deliver 621 hp and 538 lb-ft out of its own twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6.
The 2021 Maserati Ghibli Trofeo and Quattroporte Trofeo sedans debut in Europe later this year. Specific details for the U.S. market, including price, have yet to be announced.