2023 Maserati Grecale Trofeo | A Closer Look At The Range-Topping Luxury SUV From Italy
Photos and Words by Atif Kazmi for Por Homme
In the realm of high-performance SUVs, the 2023 Maserati Grecale Trofeo emerges as a formidable contender, seamlessly blending Italian opulence with the exhilarating rush of a sports car. We recently had the opportunity to experience the flagship of the Grecale lineup and even getting the chance to compare it to its Modena counterpart.
Maserati Grecale Trofeo’s Exterior Design
The exterior design of the 2023 Maserati Grecale Trofeo is a captivating blend of style and sportiness, epitomized by our test car’s striking Blu Nobile hue. The paint work on new Maseratis deserve a conversation of their own, with each color telling its story with depth and detail. The forward-shifted grille and trapezoidal lines proudly showcase its Maserati DNA, infusing an aggressive touch that harmonizes with the overall sporty theme. Boasting 21-inch Pegaso forged staggered summer wheels and red brake calipers, the Trofeo’s visual prowess hints at its performance capabilities, much of which we experienced during our week-long review. From the imposing low grille to the iconic Giugiaro 3200 GT-inspired boomerang tail lights, the Trofeo commands attention and breaks from the monotony we’ve come to expect from other SUVs.
Externally, the Trofeo and Modena present distinct visual signatures. The Trofeo radiates boldness with sportier accents, larger wheels, and an aerodynamically sculpted body, announcing its arrival with confidence. In contrast, the Modena embraces understated elegance, featuring refined lines and a timeless aesthetic that caters to those seeking a sophisticated yet subtly powerful exterior. While the Grecale Trofeo sits at the top, the Modena is no slouch and turns plenty of heads itself.
Maserati Grecale Trofeo’s Interior Design
Step into the 2023 Maserati Grecale Trofeo, and it’s truly a blend of luxury meets high-tech sophistication. The clean and modern design, dedicated to functionality and aesthetics, reflects Maserati’s commitment to crafting a cockpit tailored for the discerning driver. The dual-screen layout that Maserati is currently utilizing just works and plays well with all the refined detailing that surrounds it. In our Grecale Trofeo, Full Premium Leather Chevron upholstery and the stitched trident on the headrest really elevated the overall experience.
The interior is a testament to Maserati’s stylistic research, with meticulous attention to detail evident in the 12.3-inch touchscreen, digital clock, and laser-cut metal grilles for the Sonus Faber sound system’s speakers. Real material elements on the center panel and doors create a harmonious and upscale ambiance. The polarizing 3D Carbon Fiber trim adds a touch of sportiness, while the 14-way sport power seats ensure comfort during spirited drives. Beyond aesthetics, the Trofeo’s interior is a functional space where technology seamlessly integrates into the driving experience.
Both the Trofeo and Modena trims underscore Maserati’s commitment to luxury, each with its own distinctive nuances. The Trofeo immerses occupants in a sportier ambiance, boasting bespoke detailing, premium materials, and bolstered sport seats that embrace the driver. On the flip side, the Modena leans towards a more refined and understated interior, prioritizing comfort and a timeless sense of elegance.
The Trofeo spotlights performance-oriented tech, featuring adaptive air suspension, dynamic driving modes, and a comprehensive suite of driver-assistance features. In contrast, the Modena places a greater emphasis on connected features and infotainment, seamlessly integrating smart technology into the driving experience. The choice between the two hinges on whether you value performance-driven tech or a more connected, entertainment-focused driving environment. With the extra spend on the Trofeo trim of course, there’s no need to compromise.
Maserati Grecale Trofeo’s Performance
Under the hood, the 2023 Maserati Grecale Trofeo houses the beating heart of a supercar. The detuned Nettuno V6, previously seen in the MC20 supercar, roars to life, delivering a staggering 523 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the Trofeo accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 3.6 seconds, a testament to its track-worthy credentials. The 90° MTC engine architecture ensures a smooth and responsive power delivery, turning every acceleration into an adrenaline-pumping experience. It sounds great but handles and executes even better. Seeing Maserati bleed this engine into their entire lineup is something you won’t ever see us complain about. On the other hand, the Modena, while slightly tamer, boasts a respectable 345-horsepower four-cylinder engine, delivering a more balanced performance suitable for those looking for a harmonious blend of power and efficiency.
Taking the Trofeo for a spin transcends the ordinary, thanks to the standard adaptive air suspension. In Comfort or GT mode, it glides over the road, effortlessly absorbing imperfections. Switch to Sport or Corsa, and the suspension tightens, providing a responsive and thrilling driving experience. The exclusive Corsa mode, designed for the track, transforms the Trofeo into a precision instrument, defying its SUV size with agile performance. The steering is direct, and the braking is sharp, instilling confidence whether navigating city streets or conquering winding roads.
Not for Everyone
A Maserati isn’t for everyone so you likely won’t see too many 2023 Maserati Grecale Trofeo on the road. Instead, it’ll be available for those that know and don’t want the same German options. It’s a high-octane, Italian-made choice that we’re guessing won’t stay a secret for too long.
Maserati Grecale Pricing and Availability
Pricing for the Trofeo starts at $105,500, positioning it in the premium segment. Our fully loaded test car, priced at $122,395 (including a $1,495 destination fee) with optional driver assistance and tech upgrades, exemplifies a comprehensive package. In comparison, the Modena, starting at $74,900, provides a more accessible entry point into the Maserati Grecale lineup. For more information, please visit the official Maserati website.