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Maserati now has a trio of Trofeos, the most extreme autos it makes

The near-600 horsepower models are the most extreme Maserati makes.

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The Maserati Levante Trofeo is being joined by the Ghibli Trofeo and Quattroporte Trofeo in the company’s highest-powered stable for the new model year. Each Trofeo variant represents the “most extreme“ version of the SUV and sedans available.

Maserati is highlighting the launch of the models by showcasing them in red, white, and green - a move that reminds photo viewers that the company recently re-upped its commitment to designing, engineering, and building Maseratis in Italy, the automaker’s historic home.

Maserati Ghibli Trofeo

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The Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo each get a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 under the hood that reaches 580 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque. In some markets the models will achieve 590 horsepower. The engine isn't new for Maserati. It's the same power plant that has already been used in the Quattroporte GTS where it achieves just 530 horsepower.

The saloons have a max speed of 202 mph while the Levante Trofeo tops out at 187 mph.

Maserati's Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) System is installed in the Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo like it is in the Levante allowing for enhanced drive dynamics. The cars' Corsa button amplifies the sportiness while Launch Control executes an operation as advertised.

Each model gets unique Trofeo line design enhancements including a front grille with twin vertical bars in Black Piano finish, carbon fiber front air duct trims and rear extractor, red details on the bottom of the side air vents, and a red-outlined lightning bolt on the Trident badge on the C-pillars.

Maserati Levante Trofeo

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Maserati has restyled the light clusters of the models giving them a boomerang profile that's inspired by the 3200 GT and Alfieri concept car. The Ghibli Trofeo also has a restyled bonnet with two "aggressive" air ducts for enhanced cooling. The Levante Trofeo already has these in place.

Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo are fitted with 21-inch aluminium Orione wheels. Buyers can upgrade to 22-inch Orione wheels on Levante Trofeo.

The models all have a new on-board panel that displays an exclusive interface at switch-on. The vehicles' headrests are all embossed with the Trofeo badge while the interior is outfitted in full-grain Pieno Fiore natural leather.

Maserati is equipping the models with its Active Driving Assist system that can be activated only on city roads and highways. Additional technologies include a new, larger 10.1-inch infotainment screen in the Ghibli and Quattroporte (Levante retains the 8.4-inch display but with improved resolution and graphics).

Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo

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Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo will be built at the Avvocato Giovanni Agnelli Plant (AGAP) at Grugliasco (Turin), and Levante Trofeo at the Mirafiori (Turin) plant.

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The Lotus Evija is the most powerful series production road car ever built.

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The Lotus Evija is Britain's first all-electric hypercar. Its powertrain delivers a minimum of 986 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque, with its upper limits reaching near 1,973 horsepower, making it the most powerful series production road car ever built.

The British automaker is showing off the prowess of the Evija for the first time on the track. A new video (vailable below) showcases the model at the 2.2-mile track at Hethel, Lotus's headquarters.

Piloting the Evija is Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes for Lotus. In the video, he provides extensive new commentary on key elements of the Evija project as on-board cameras reveal the capabilities of the car.

Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes for Lotus Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes for Lotus, pilots the car in the video.Photo courtesy of Lotus Cars

In the film, Kershaw takes the audience through the development journey of the Evija from the earliest discussions amongst Lotus staff to today.

The model features five drive modes, each designed to enhance a different part of the Evija driving experience. Range mode is limited to 986 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, switching the Evija from four-wheel drive to all-wheel drive, in an effort to save power.

The City driving mode adds power Control, compared to the Range mode, by increasing regenerative braking ability, which is optimal for urban environments.

In Tour mode, the drive system is switchable to four- or rear-wheel drive. This drive mode delivers 1,381 horsepower and activates torque vectoring technology.

The car's Sport and Track mode deliver the most power and performance. Sport mode ups the power to 1,677 horsepower and 1,254 pound-feet of torque, and increases traction levels. Using Track mode, power is boosted to 1,973 horsepower. The car's Drag Reduction System is available on request to deliver the highest level of torque vectoring technology available. In this mode, the chassis setting is automatically switched to Track.

Lotus has given the Evija a top track speed of 200 mph.

Lotus Evija development prototype on test at Hethel www.youtube.com

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Southern California is one of the hotspots for pollution in the U.S.

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California is the country's largest new vehicle sales market. It's also in the crosshairs of climate change activists fighting to change decades of regulations in an effort to improve the livelihoods of the state's residents while also benefitting the plants and animals that live in the state.

Governor Gavin Newson today issued an executive order requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035. This means that the sales of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles will be banned in favor of battery electric (BEV) and hydrogen fuel cell (FCEV) vehicles.

That goal is poised to eliminate 35 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions and 80 percent of the oxides of nitrogen emissions from cars statewide, according to the State.

Data from the State shows that the transportation sector is responsible for more than half of all California's carbon pollution. Eighty percent of the that is from smog-forming pollution while 95 percent is from diesel emissions. The transportation sector includes passenger vehicles as well as shipping and other forms of mobility.

"This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change," said Governor Newsom. "For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the air that our children and families breathe. Californians shouldn't have to worry if our cars are giving our kids asthma. Our cars shouldn't make wildfires worse – and create more days filled with smoky air. Cars shouldn't melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines."

The next steps include the California Air Resources Board developing regulations to mandate that 100 percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks are zero-emission by 2035. Additionally, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles are mandated to be 100 percent zero emission by 2045 where feasible, with the mandate going into effect by 2035 for drayage trucks.

The move to all-BEV and FCEV vehicles won't eliminate the pollutants spewed by vehicles purchased prior to 2035 or the purchase of used vehicles.

This isn’t the first time California has attempted to regulate electrified vehicles into popularity. Despite the state’s efforts, BEVs, FCEVs, and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) are unpopular among buyers nationwide. Out of the 17 million vehicles sold in the U.S. in 2019, just 330,000 of them were plug-in electric cars (BEVs and PHEVs) with 80 percent of those being Teslas. Only 7,000 FCEVs were sold or leased during the same period.

Additionally, “the executive order directs state agencies to develop strategies for an integrated, statewide rail and transit network, and incorporate safe and accessible infrastructure into projects to support bicycle and pedestrian options, particularly in low-income and disadvantaged communities” according to a release by the Governor’s office.

Earlier this year, the California Air Resources Board has approved new regulations requiring truck manufacturers to transition to electric zero-emission trucks beginning in 2024.

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