Slammed Maserati Levante Looks Like a Need for Speed Race Car

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Photo: Brad Builds
Slammed Maserati Levante Looks Like Need for Speed Race CarSlammed Maserati Levante Looks Like Need for Speed Race Car
From a couple of pixels in 1994 to a widebody Polestar this year, Need for Speed games have undoubtedly fed our need to go fast, sideways and generally dial up the aggression of our cars. But not every vehicle has the cult following necessary for a full aftermarket transformation in that style.
The Maserati Levante is one such car. It's the first SUV in Maserati history, and that automatically makes it unpopular in some circles because it's supposedly a dilution of the brands. But hey, the Italians aren't doing too hot, and they need this cash flow, just like Porsche needed the Cayenne to stabilize.

Now, YouTube is full of videos about why it's a bad idea to buy a Maserati, as it depreciates and might be unreliable. But that kind of logic doesn't factor when you're talking about a widebody conversion with race car looks. It's like counting calories while eating a box of donuts.

The last time we saw this project, we dubbed it the Italian WRX because it resembled that classic AWD hot hatch. It seems the artist, Brad Builds, is listening because he too refers to it as the "WRX."

The livery has been updated to bright yellow and white, while extra details have been 3D-modelled. The fenders look even more like those of a drift car, while the headlights now resemble those of the Alfa Romeo 4C, all insect-like.

The cool thing about the Levante is that, unlike many high-riders, it does come with some spicy engines. Maserati made some V8 versions that you could almost describe as Ferrari tech. There's the GTS, a 550 horsepower match for the Cayenne Turbo, as well as the Levante Trofeo with the same 3.8-liter vi-turbo dialed up to 590 HP. That one will supposedly do 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds. That sounds like enough power to burn some rubber.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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