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there was a maserati levante vulcano photobombing a mc12

There was a Maserati Levante Vulcano photobombing a MC12

It takes something special to eclipse a limited-edition Levante like the Vulcano but then again, the MC12 is pretty exceptional

Dinesh Appavu Photo

Dinesh Appavu

13 Mar 2019

Maserati’s been officially represented here by distributor Naza Italia for a decade now. To celebrate the milestone, they took the opportunity to launch a limited-edition variant of the Levante; the Levante Vulcano. Unfortunately, they also showcased a gorgeous MC12 at the launch and we pretty much forgot about the SUV.

So, from those brief couple of seconds we paid attention before delirium took over, the Levante Vulcano distinguishes itself from the garden variety Levantes; if you can call them that, with the usual cosmetic touches. Only 150 were made worldwide, of which 50 will make its way to Asia from which 10 will hopefully find Malaysian homes.

Those 10 destined for Malaysia will be based on the beefed-up Levante S. That means it gets the Ferrari-built 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 that puts out 424hp and 580Nm of torque. A ZF eight-speed automatic sends power to all four wheels via the marque’s Q4 all-wheel drive system that can help it hit the century mark in 5.2-seconds and top out at 264kph. Other standard kit includes Skyhook adaptive dampers, a limited-slip differential in the rear and active air suspension.

The Levante Vulcano will set you back RM838,800. That’s about RM50,000 over its base Levante S. How does it justify the extra money? Well, for starters it gets the GranSport exterior package with the Trofeo-style front bumper. You can only have it in matte Grigio Lava grey.

Trim enhancements include dark taillights, black chrome grille, gloss black window surrounds, body-coloured door handles and burnt exhaust tips; all part of the Nerissimo package. The wheels are 21-inch Helios pieces that hide six-piston Brembos behind the front pair. Lighting the way forward are LED matrix adaptive headlights.

Behind the laminated privacy windows is the fiery red Pieno Flore leather interior to highlight the “volcanic” nature of the vehicle. Heating and ventilation is available for the seats. Entertainment is courtesy of a Bowers & Wilkins sound system while those doors are of the soft close type.

Safety is courtesy of a 360-degree view camera system and the Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) suite of active safety tech that comprises Forward Collision Warning with autonomous braking, Traffic Sign Recognition, Highway Assist System, Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist.

Now… now about that MC12.