Whether it’s travelling overseas to Morocco to sleep under the Saharan stars or eating at some of the world’s best restaurants, we know that we are pretty damn lucky here at Man of Style to do what we do for work.
So, when we got the call up to test drive the latest Maserati lineup in Sydney a few weeks back, we were there in a heartbeat to navigate the world-class Sydney Motorsport Park with the luxury Italian automotive powerhouse.
The full suite of vehicles was on offer for the day, including a personal favourite – and latest release for Maserati – the Levante 350.
Throughout the day, I was pleasantly surprised with both the performance and functionality of this luxury SUV. Boasting a Ferrari-made engine, it was equally at home zipping around the track and tackling the tougher terrain over at the off-road course. The morning session included breaking exercises and testing out drifting capabilities on the skid pan. The Maserati vehicles handled all three courses with exceptional poise and grace–as would be expected from these expertly crafted Italian cars.
Getting to push some of the world’s finest four-wheeled machines to their limits was as exhilarating and enthralling as one would imagine. So naturally, by lunchtime, we were hungry for some hot laps.
But before we could really sink our teeth back into the track, we were in need of some nourishment.
Luckily for us, Executive chef of Pilu at Freshwater, Giovanni Pilu, was ready and waiting with a traditional Italian lunch that was equally as luxurious as the Maserati cars themselves. We’re talking melt-in-your-mouth Parmesan cheese, a slew of salamis and some delectable DOP Balsamic Vinegar for entree; followed by a mezze of perfectly cooked Italian meats–this is not your standard drive day!
After being completely spoilt for lunch, it was time to take to the track once more for the greatly anticipated hot laps. Boy did they not disappoint!
Equal parts beauty and equal part brute force, the Quattroporte GTS GranLusso really was the standout on the track.
Featuring Ermenegildo Zegna Silk interiors, Radica open-pore wood trim on the dashboard and leather steering wheel with wood insert; how chic!
If you’re more interested to know what’s under the hood, you’d be happy to know it boasts a Ferrari produced twin-turbo V8 engine, with 530 hp that will get you from 0-100 in 4.7 seconds.
But don’t just take my word for it, check out this titillating trailer from the drive day below.
Thank you to the Maserati Australia Team for this unforgettable experience, putting these vehicles to the test was utterly delightful.
Stay tuned for more Maserati content to come in 2019. The Levante is too good not to take for a spin off the track.