Maserati targets exclusivity with new Levante Vulcano

As if the Maserati Levante wasn’t exclusive enough, its Italian manufacturer has created a limited-edition model called the Vulcano.

Set apart by dark styling tweaks and a choice of two high-powered petrol engines, just 150 examples will be built for European and Asian markets.

The most obvious change is the volcano-inspired trim scattered around the car. The grille and window surrounds are a glossy black shade, while the bodywork is covered in a matte grey called Grigio Lava.

Maserati Levante Vulcano

More dark trim can be found in the tail lights and exhaust pipes, as well as the 21-inch alloy wheels.

But spots of colour exist too. Behind those dark rims lie brake callipers painted in bright red – a colour also found inside.

Although customers cannot choose the car’s colour or wheels, they can choose between two upholstery options. The colourful choice is red leather with black stitching, although more conservative customers can choose black leather with red stitching.

Maserati Levante Vulcano

Either way, you get glossy carbon-fibre trim splashed liberally around the cabin. Not only is it found on the dashboard and centre console, but it’s even used for the gear shift paddles and steering wheel trim.

And the car also signposts its own limited-edition status. A small plaque marks the car out as one of just 150.

Maserati Levante Vulcano

When you specify a Vulcano, choices are few and far between, but one place where you do get options is under the bonnet.

Maserati will let you choose one of two 3.0-litre V6 petrol engines, both of which are found in other Levantes. The ‘basic’ engine – a 345bhp unit – is the standard Levante’s weapon of choice, but you can also have the 424bhp motor from a Levante S.

Both make for a quick car, but the more powerful engine is (unsurprisingly) the faster of the two. It’s capable of 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds – almost a second faster than the 345bhp engine.

Maserati Levante Vulcano

But the less potent unit is cheaper. A 345 bhp Vulcano will cost you a hefty £85,425, but the 424bhp version costs £93,000.

That’s a lot of money, but you do get some goodies. As standard, the Vulcano boasts parking sensors, satellite navigation and a powerful Bowers&Wilkins stereo. You get soft-close doors, too, as well as LED headlights.

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