It’s no secret the SUV market is an industry cash cow. The segment is constantly expanding with new options from every automaker and a quick stroll around the New York International Auto Show this year will show you all the proof you need. So then it’s no surprise automakers like Jaguar and Maserati are doubling down on their brand new luxury SUVs and giving them supercar levels of performance. Both the Jaguar F-Pace SVR and Maserati Levante Trofeo get massive V8 engines and over 500 horsepower.
Jaguar saw fit to bolt in its supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine for the F-Pace SVR, giving it a grand total of 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque to play with. But, if you think that’s impressive, Maserati just unveiled the Levante Trofeo, which borrows the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 from Ferrari and gets a unique tune, putting 590 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque to all for wheels. SUVs are officially entering supercar territory.
Of the two, Jaguar was the only one to announce pricing. The all-new F-Pace SVR will have a $79,990 price tag hanging on it, a full $38,000 over the base F-Pace. Since the base-level Maserati Levante starts at $74,790, it’s anyone’s guess as to how much of a premium the Italian brand will tack on.
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