The luxury SUV class has a new sporty option, as Maserati reveal the Levante Trofeo at the New York International Auto Show.

Focused around a twin-turbo V8, the Trofeo is one of the most powerful Maseratis to enter production, producing 590bhp alongside 538lbf.ft. The 3.8-litre unit’s output is lay down via an all-wheel drive system and achieves a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 187mph.

The engine boasts the highest bhp per litre figures of any Maserati ever (156bhp per litre), and to cope with the wrath of the V8 the chassis has been adapted. It won’t surprise you to read that the Levante Trofeo has a Corsa (Race) mode installed alongside launch control. Perfect for a spot of green laning.

An SUV load of additions add to the luxury of the Trofeo, including 22″ alloy wheels, carbon fibre exterior design cues, full LED headlights and sports seats wrapped in natural leather.  The sound system has 17 speakers good for 1280-watts, whilst the rest of the interior gets a new matte carbon fibre trim.

The Levante Trofeo launch edition is a ‘limited series intended for select enthusiasts‘… in North America and Canada.

Well, I didn’t want one anyway.