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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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Grab this 2000 BMW M5 before someone else does

Classic good looks and a rowdy V8 are the story here.

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We could spend all day bemoaning the rise of car auction sites and their impact on prices, but that won't do any good. The damage has been done. Of course, there are exceptions to the sky-high pricing we typically see on auction sites, and some cars are worth the money. This 2000 BMW M5 is one of them, and its current auction bid of just $15,250 makes us think it could go for a decent price.

The E39 M5 is one of the most legendary and sought-aftersports sedans of all time. Its 4.9-liter V8 produced 394 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque when it was new, which isn't all that crazy by today's standards, but an almost 400-horsepower family car was a big deal at the time. That magical engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive – an enthusiast's dream recipe.

2000 BMW M5 This car is in great shape for its age.Bring a Trailer

Inside, this car's tan leather upholstery looks great, and matches well with its black exterior. The seller has kept mods to a minimum, with just a set of aftermarket headlights on the list of changes. The car's original navigation system and head unit appear to be in place and the entire package is so well preserved it's amazing that the car hasn't drawn more interest so far.

Where this M5 will end up is anybody's guess. These cars are particularly difficult to find in any condition that could be called drivable, so this car's relatively low $15,000 current bid amount is surprising. Commentors on this auction are just as surprised as we are, and are asking where the love has gone for this M5. Of course, someone could swoop in at the last moment and start a bidding war, and with a full day left on the clock there's plenty of time for some action.

2000 BMW M5 The tan leather is nearly perfect.Bring a Trailer

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The 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade is a fresh edition for the company's lineup.

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One of Toyota's most efficient cars is getting the blackout treatment. Like other Nightshade editions Toyota puts out, the 2022 Prius Nightshade has all the requisite black accents while maintaining its heralded powertrain.

The 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade is available in front- and all-wheel drive. Buyers can add the treatment to Prius L Eco, LE, LE AWD-e, XLE, XLE AWD-e and Limited grades. It comes in the buyer's choice of Midnight Black Metallic, Super White, or Silver Metallic paint job. Front-wheel drive models ride on standard 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels while AWD-e cars get 15-inchers with black insert and lug nuts.

The exterior of the car also gets black headlight accents, mirror caps, door handles, color keyed rear deck spoiler and shark fin antenna.

2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade

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Each of the models is powered by the Prius's 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, which is paired with two electric motors. A continuously variable transmission is standard. All-wheel drive models get an EPA-estimated 51 mpg in the city, 47 mpg on the highway, and 49 mpg combined. Front-wheel drive versions do a slightly better 54 mpg in the city, 50 mpg on the highway, and 52 mpg combined.

Inside there are standard SofTex-trimmed trimmed, heated, power adjustable front seats and a SofTex-trimmed heated steering wheel and semi-gloss black center console. A 7-inch infotainment touch screen is standard, as is a six-speaker JBL sound system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa come on every model, as are an auxiliary jack, three USB ports, a wireless phone charger, and one 12-volt outlet.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is standard and includes a pre-collision system with low-light pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, bicyclist detection, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and road sign assist.

All Prius models come with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Toyota's hybrid battery warranty is for 10 years or 150,000 miles from the vehicle's in-service date, whichever occurs first. The hybrid system warranty is for eight years or 100,000 miles from the vehicle's in-service date.

This latest member of the Nightshade family means that there are 11 Nightshade editions in Toyota's stable. The Prius is the first hybrid to get the treatment.

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