Porsche Ann Arbor wants to help clear up this confusion. We’ve taken the time to compare the striking Porsche Cayenne Turbo against one of its top rivals — the Maserati Levante GTS. Once you see the results, you’ll quickly understand why the Cayenne Turbo remains the best choice in the performance luxury SUV segment.
2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
2020 Maserati Levante GTS
|4.0-Liter Twin-Turbo V8 ✓||Engine Type||3.8-Liter Twin-Turbo V8|
|541 @ 5,750||Horsepower @ RPM||550 @ 6,250|
|567 @ 1,960 ✓||Torque @ RPM||538 @ 5,000|
|3.9 seconds (3.7 seconds with optional Sport Chrono Package) ✓||0 – 60 MPH Time||4.0 seconds|
|23.7 gallons ✓||Fuel Tank Capacity||21.1 gallons|
|7,700 pounds ✓||Max Towing Capacity||5,952 pounds|
|21-inch Front – P285/40VR21 All-Season ✓
21-inch Rear – P315/35VR21 All-Season ✓
|Wheel/Tire Specs||20-inch Front – P265/45ZR20 All-Season
20-inch Rear – P295/40ZR20 All-Season
|194 inches ✓||Overall Length||197 inches|
|78.1 inches ✓||Overall Width||77.5 inches|
|65.9 inches ✓||Overall Height||66.1 inches|
|Standard ✓||Telematics System||Not Available|
|Standard ✓||Front Knee Airbags||Not Available|
Although the Porsche Cayenne Turbo has a slightly higher starting price than the Maserati Levante GTS, shoppers will quickly discover an array of advantages for the Cayenne Turbo. Let’s first take a closer look at the performance of these two track-focused SUVs.
The Cayenne Turbo comes standard with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, larger than the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 found on the Levante GTS. Although both SUVs share virtually identical horsepower ratings, the Cayenne Turbo makes this power at a lower RPM thanks to a larger amount of displacement. Its larger engine also produces maximum torque much lower in the powerband than the Levante GTS, resulting in quicker acceleration and rewarding grunt at lower speeds. When equipped with the available Sport Chrono Package, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo can rocket from 0 to 60 in a blistering 3.7 seconds, three-tenths of a second faster than the Maserati. This power advantage also results in a much higher towing capacity rating for the Cayenne Turbo, offering a 1,748-pound advantage over the Levante GTS.
Both models return similar fuel economy figures, around the mid to high teens combined. Driving a Porsche Cayenne Turbo means that you’ll have an extra 2.6 gallons of capacity in your fuel tank which can come in handy on extended stretches of highway commuting. Comparing wheel sizes, the advantage goes to Porsche. The wheels on the Cayenne Turbo are not only larger by 1 inch, but they’re also significantly wider and include shorter sidewalls than the Levante GTS. Not only will you appreciate their sharp appearance from the exterior, but you’ll also sense a more engaging connection to the road surface.
Staying on the subject of race-inspired handling, one test drive of both vehicles should reveal the strengths of the Cayenne Turbo. Comparing exterior dimensions, the Porsche is shorter in length, lower to the ground, and has a wider track than the rival Maserati. These three aspects combine to give the Cayenne Turbo nimble agility through the corners and poised acceleration on corner exit.
Thanks to standard Porsche Connect, the Cayenne includes a standard telematics system with vehicle monitoring functions. Front knee airbags offer an additional level of protection in the event of a collision. Both of these impressive features are not available on the Maserati Levante GTS.
Now that the results have been tallied, the obvious winner of this matchup is the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. The Maserati Levante GTS is simply not able to match the blistering performance, precision handling, efficiency, and premium standard features of the Cayenne Turbo. Ready to experience the Cayenne Turbo for yourself? Our team at Porsche Ann Arbor will work alongside you in order to help you select the right Cayenne Turbo model that suits your preferences and lifestyle.
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