It’s getting rather boring waiting around for Ferrari to reveal at least a teaser image of a high-riding family hauler (we all know it will cave in and build a SUV someday...) but at least Maserati is giving buyers what they want with the Levante. However, as well as it has gone down ever since it was launched, many have wondered when a hotter V8 variant would be with us — and judging by our latest set of spy shots, it seems the waiting is almost over as the Trident has been busy testing the barely camouflaged GTS.

The front and rear fascias of the prototype appear to have been slightly revised which give the GTS a more aggressive look compared to the Levante S but the real talking point is, of course, what’s under the pumped up bonnet. It’ll likely make use of the Quattroporte GTS 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 which will fit like a glove in the engine bay (the pair share the same basic platform) but with it going up against the likes of the 567 horsepower BMW X5 M and 550 horsepower Porsche Cayenne Turbo, it’ll have to crank out a lot more than the Ferrari-assembled V8’s 523 horses. That’ll also mean it’ll need  beefier brakes and a stiffer chassis to cope better with the extra firepower. It is expected to make its debut in early 2018.