Not too long ago, the idea of a sports-car maker designing a 4X4 would have been met with ridicule, but today, there’s a vast potential market for people who desire a fast off-roader. Enter the Maserati Levante.
Like similar autos in this category, the Levante contains a great set of tools for minimizing impact while off-roading—even if the most daunting thing it ends up encountering is a deep puddle on a rainy day.
For instance, it comes equipped with air-sprung suspension with user-selectable ride levels that can help you conquer, say, a desert trail, but the more common scenario on the road would be to use the lower ride height to get the best sporting performance from the 50-50 weight distribution.
And there’s plenty of performance to tap here with several engine options: a V6 twin turbo that delivers 350 hp or 430 hp, or a V6 diesel with 275 hp. The top-spec Levante S goes from zero to 62 mph in 5.2 seconds, with a top speed of 164 mph.
Inside, the Levante includes the usual Maserati perks, such as a panoramic electric sunroof and an Ermenegildo Zegna leather and silk interior. It would be a shame to spoil the silk with muddy boots—not that anyone is going to.
It’s big and it’s smart: The new BMW 7 Series
For those who want power and spaciousness without the pretense of exceptional performance, BMW’s new 7 Series flagship, the M760Li xDrive V12, ticks off all the boxes—even if the name is somewhat difficult to remember.
Due to arrive later this year, the turbocharged 60° V12 engine produces 600 hp and 800Nm of torque, propelling the heavy cruiser from zero to 62 mph in under four seconds. Rather than simply taking a 7 Series and dropping in a very big engine, the new variant has been tweaked with model-specific tuned suspension that helps it get the most from all that power.
Part of the M range, the M760Li xDrive V12 has the complete array of M-technology, from the fully performance enhancing to the purely aesthetic, such as the M Performance steering wheel, illuminated V12 logo and M pedals.
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