For many years, Maserati have been known for their high-end stylish and performance grand tourers and luxury sedans. Since its inception, Maserati has been producing some of the best cars ever to grace the roads of Italy and around the world.
While other car makers were keenly focused on creating some of the fastest automobiles ever to hit the highways, Maserati were a more considered beast. Their cachet was a fine balance between high performance and a luxurious interior coupled with a smooth ride. There was no Maserati Supercharger in sight.
While most Maserati owners were happy with this arrangement, there were some who yearned for more power under the Maserati hood. A company from Germany would make their dreams come true. Novitec turn exotic sports cars into high octane machines.
The Novitec Group were founded in 1989, in Bavaria, Germany, and made their name in being a ‘Tuner’ of exotic brands. For many years, their sole focus was on Ferrari (so far they have modified 33 models of the Prancing Horse) but they then turned to other brands too.
Lamborghini have had 18 of their vehicles upgraded and Mclaren has had 11 of theirs pass through the German workshop. Novitec created a new arm of the company just to focus on modifying Rolls Royce with eight, so far, going through the alterations. Even all three models of the Tesla have been worked on too.
Then, in 2007, Novitec formulated another arm of the company, Novitec Tridente, to deal only with Maserati. This ostensibly meant creating a Maserati supercharger kit. The Novitec Maserati supercharger, fitted to the existing engine, increases both horsepower and torque. ECU electronics are modified as well as more responsive active suspension and larger rim wheels, fitted with staggered width tires, round off the increased performance of the car.
Aerodynamic features are added along with customization for the leather and Alcantara in the cabin. The interior color scheme can be anything the owner requires – anything.
The average cost of turning your prized Maserati into a bespoke road rocket is not cheap. Each Novitec Maserati supercharger kit costs approximately US$35,000.
First Off The Shelf
In 2007, Novitec created their first package, a Maserati Quattroporte supercharger kit. The German Tuner would take both the 430hp Quattroporte S and the 440hp Sport GTS and give them a major boost to their 4.7 liter V8
With a new supercharger and a water-to-air intercooler, the modified engine now pumped out 590hp at 7,300 rpm and 422 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration has been improved by 0.5 seconds and 0.8 seconds respectively on each car as the Maserati supercharger propels the car from 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds (0-124 mph in 14.9 seconds) while hitting a top speed of 183 mph.
To help improve the handling of these more powerful engines, Novitec installed electronically-controlled sport suspension that is continuously height-adjustable and features multiple settings for rebound and compression.
Unique Novitec wheels are fitted. The three-piece 21 inch alloy wheels come with five double spokes and special Pirelli P-Zero high performance tires which are 255mm wide in the front and 295mm wide in the rear.
A subtle clear-carbon trunk lid spoiler completes the exterior look while the German Tuners will add any type of leather, Alcantara and multimedia system into the interior.
Maserati Ghibli Supercharger
Don’t be fooled, the new Ghibli from 2013 onwards was never supercharged, the car was always a twin turbo, with the exception of the new 2020 Maserati Ghibli Hybrid, which is a turbo 4 cylinder with an “electric supercharger” also known as an e-booster.
When Novitec turned their attention to the four-door Ghibli as they looked to upgrade the GranLusso and GranSport editions. The top of the range tuning package would improve the specs of the S Q4 to 410hp that enabled the Maserati to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and 4.7 seconds for the standard Ghibli S.
Where as the Twin Turbo V8 Ghibli Trofeo tuning offered substantially more power at an increase to 624hp and a 0 – 60 mph time of just 3.8 seconds.
Novitec offered their own NM1 22 inch rims, designed especially for the wheel arches of the Ghibli. While the revised active suspension compliments the oversized wheels.
Once again, Novitec were open to any requests regarding bespoke color coordination’s of the interior leather and Alcantara.
Maserati GranTurismo Supercharger
The Maserati GranTurismo Novitec Supercharger kit applies similar improvements to their iconic grand tourer. With a complete overhaul of the powertrain, a new high-flow exhaust system and ECU upgrade, this increases the car’s original 440hp up to 600hp. With the increased horsepower, the Maserati GranTurismo supercharger kit provides the V8 engine to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 195 mph.
Novitec NM3 five-spoke alloy wheels are 21 inches in the front and 22 inches in the rear, giving the vehicle a more pronounced wedge shaped look.
Exterior styling is finished off with clear-carbon front spoiler, rear wing and side panels while the cabin can optioned for a total customized refit.
The GranCabrio would see an upgrade of similar proportions, as well, though specific performance numbers are unavailable.
The Novitec Tridente MC Stradale Overhaul
Even the top of the line GranTurismo MC Stradale would benefit from a Maserati supercharger kit. They would make a very fast car even faster as, after the refinements, acceleration from 0-60 mph was 0.6 seconds faster at 3.9 seconds and the top speed was increased to 190 mph. The supercharger added 186hp to bump it up to 646hp.
The engine overhaul would be similar to previous models, as well as lowering the riding profile by an inch, and the placement of the NM3 three-piece five-spoke alloy wheels set at 21 and 22 inches front and back. Large high performance Pirelli tires complete the combination with 255mm in the front axle and 315mm in the rear axle.
Exterior stylings of clear carbon surrounded the bodywork, with a hood that provided extra vents and matching tail pipes to the rear wing. While an endless list of color, tones and contrasts are available for the interior.
Does a Maserati Levante Supercharger Exist
The Maserati Levante Trofeo has escaped the supercharger refit from Novitec and it makes total sense, why would someone need to add a supercharger to their Levante Trofeo, when it already comes with a twin turbo V8 engine. Instead, Novitec have taken advantage of the twin turbo setup from the factory and tuned it with their Novitec N-Tronic tuning solution. To get the full experience Novitec offers the Levante Esteso V2 package which includes a slew of upgrades to the car which involve the wheels, a widebody kit, suspension and more.
The N-Tronic tuning has taken the powerful Levante Trofeo and pushed it further. They increased the output to 624hp and 605 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration increased the 0-62 mph dash to 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 192 mph, which makes it one of the fastest SUVs on the market.
Novitec Maserati – The Ultimate Experience
If the extra $35,000 is not a barrier, then this Germanic modification is perfect for almost all Maserati models. The Maserati supercharger kit (or tuning if the supercharger is not available) is what any owner needs to unleash the beast that hides under every Maserati hood.