I spent a week with a Maserati Levante Trofeo. It’s an interesting machine in that it makes fun noises, has strong power, and certainly makes its presence known in that properly Italian way. Even if it’s still a crossover. It’s not a revelatory driving experience or anything like that. And the interior is fine for what it is. But both of those last points are what make it stand out in a shocking way, to me at least. That’s because the as-tested price of this bright green machine is $173,550.
That’s at least $50,000 more than I would’ve guessed. The base price of the Levante Trofeo model is $155,200. And then the Fuoriserie Corse paintwork (here done in Urban Green, which is a weird name for a color) is an extra $17,000.
Even before the paint, the price tag feels a bit high to me. The base Levante, with a 345 hp V6, starts just around $90k. So there’s really nowhere to go but up. And this Trofeo, at least, has a 580 hp twin-turbocharged V8. Still, it’s hard for me to justify the price tag on this when it’s just a few grand shy of the starting price of the Aston Martin DBX, which is a far superior machine.
Regardless, it’s a segment of automotive pricing in which I’m not playing anyway. I can still complain about it, of course. And to me, this one is shocking. What cars are you shocked by with respect to the price?