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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

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

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

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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Performance luxury SUV

The Cadillac Escalade-V starts at almost $150,000

The Escalade-V gets a $149,990 starting price

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Cadillac teased an ultra-powerful Escalade-V a while back, and now we have all the details. The 2023 SUV will feature a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, plenty of luxury, and a stout six-figure price tag.

The 2023 Escalade-V comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that makes 682 horsepower and 653 pound-feet of torque. It features a hand-built design and shares much of its underlying engineering with the CT5-V Blackwing. It's paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission and full-time active four-wheel drive.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-VUnder the hood, there's a supercharged 6.2-liter V8.Cadillac

Cadillac gives every Escalade-V air ride adaptive suspension and magnetic ride control. The driver can customize the suspension and feel using the SUV's selectable driving modes. The system can also raise or lower the ride height by to .8 inches, and the SUV comes with a launch control system that helps it get off the line with explosive speed.

Inside, the Escalade-V builds on the top trim of the standard SUV with zebra wood accents, massaging front seats, and a heated steering wheel. It's got the same amazing tech, too, with a curved OLED display that runs the length of the dash, navigation, voice commands, wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, an augmented reality navigation system, and a 36-speaker AKG Studio stereo. Cadillac Super Cruise is available.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-VAn extended ESV variant is also available. Cadillac

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V goes on sale this summer. Starting pricing lands at $149,990, and Cadillac offers an extended-wheelbase ESV version of the high-performance SUV.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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