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De­signed by Maserati Pow­er­train and built at Fer­rari's Maranello plant ex­clu­sively for Maserati, the Le­vante en­gine fea­tures highly ad­vanced engi­neer­ing in­no­va­tions that have been de­vel­oped to im­prove its fuel ef­fi­ciency. A high-pres­sure di­rect-in­jec­tion sys­tem en­hances com­bus­tion across the rev range by de­liv­er­ing atom­ised fuel di­rectly into the com­bus­tion cham­ber, whilst in both cylin­der heads there are two con­tin­u­ous-phase tim­ing vari­a­tors, which ad­vance or de­lay the in­take and ex­haust valve tim­ings. In ad­di­tion, two par­al­lel-mounted, low-in­er­tia tur­bocharg­ers help pre­vent turbo lag, and give greater elas­tic­ity and a faster re­sponse. The 3.0 Twin Turbo V6 petrol en­gine is avail­able with two dif­fer­ent power out­puts: 430 HP or 350 HP. With 430 HP, the Le­vante S ac­cel­er­ates from 0 to 62 mph in 5.2 sec­onds, and has a top speed of 164 mph, whereas the fig­ures of the Le­vante 350 HP en­gine are 0 to 62 mph in 6.0 sec­onds, and a top speed of 156 mph. The in­no­va­tive Le­vante Diesel 3.0 V6 with Vari­able Ge­om­e­try Turbo (VGT) comes with 275 HP and 600 NM of torque that en­ables the Le­vante Diesel to surge from 0 to 62 mph in just 6.9 sec­onds and reach a top speed of 143 mph.

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