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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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New sports sedan

2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.

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The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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New American supercar

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 gets reveal date

Chevy draws a line from the Z06 directly to its racing program.

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The new Chevrolet Corvettewas a revelation when it was finally announced. The car brought a mid-engine design to the Corvette line for the first time, and put decades of speculation over the shift to bed. We've all known that Chevrolet would eventually release an even higher performance Z06 version of the car, but now we know the date. The automaker just announced that the car will be revealed on October 26.

To build hype for the car's announcement, Chevy released a short teaser video of the Z06 tearing around the Nurburgring. It's clear from the film that the car we'll see in October will be a different beast from its standard predecessor, which mainly comes down to a big change in its powertrain.


2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The new car will be revealed in October.Chevrolet


The new Z06 is expected to feature a flat-plane crank V8 that will allow it to rev to 8500 or 9000 RPM. The car should see in excess of 600 horsepower from its howling V8, which will be sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.



As it has done with other Z06 models, Chevy will bolster the Corvette's suspension and brakes to accommodate higher speeds and the jump in power. The car will be able to carry more speed into corners and stop in a shorter distance than its standard counterpart, which will improve its lap times at the track. Various active and fixed aerodynamics components are also expected.

The C8 Corvette's interior is anything but boring, and the Z06 will carry on with that tradition. We'll still see the long center strip of buttons and controls, along with a digital gauge cluster and nicely upholstered sport seats. The Z06 will most likely get more in the way of carbon fiber and race-inspired trim pieces, but the layout won't deviate from the standard car to a great degree.


2023 Chevrolet Corvette The Z06 will be powered by a flat-plane crank V8.Chevrolet

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