HSV reveals trio of limited edition V8 models

By Toby Hagon, 25 May 2016 Car News

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Clubsport R8 Track edition

‘Blacked-out’ models will be the last with the 340kW 6.2-litre V8

HSV has revealed three limited edition models to mark the end of production of the 6.2-litre V8 engine, codenamed LS3.

The three models are based on the Holden Commodore, Commodore Ute and Caprice long wheelbase and will be the most affordable models in the HSV lineup.

The first of the limited editions is the ClubSport R8 SV Black, which also spawns a ute sibling, the Maloo R8 SV Black.

Clubsport R8 SV black

To be priced from $80,990 and $76,990 respectively, the ClubSport R8 SV Black and Maloo R8 SV Black use the same 340kW/570Nm 6.2-litre V8 used in previous HSV models.

HSV has added a mechanical sound enhancer, which is a pipe that joins the intake manifold under the bonnet to the firewall that separates the engine from the passenger compartment; it amplifies the V8 sound, something that is an important part of the theatre of an HSV.

Just 368 ClubSports will be produced (350 for Australia, 18 for New Zealand) and 102 Maloo utes (100 for Australia, 2 for New Zealand).

As the name suggests, the SV Black models get black detailing as part of a move to give them more “attitude”, according to HSV.

Many of the parts normally finished in shiny chrome – the HSV badge, grille surrounds, tail light surrounds and door handles, for example – are finished in black to give the cars a more sinister look. Even the mirror casings, 20-inch alloy wheels and rear wing are black, and there is a black stripe down each side.

The second limited edition model is the HSV Grange SV, priced identically to the $86,990 regular Grange it replaces.

Grange SV

Just 50 Grange SVs will be produced, all for Australia. Production begins in September, 2016.

As with the SV Black models, the Grange SV gets a lot of black detailing to distinguish it from the regular Grange.

The Grange SV also gets the same 340kW/570Nm V8 with the sound enhancer for a louder V8 bark.

The third HSV limited edition model is the ClubSport R8 Track Edition, priced from $68,990.As its name suggests, it’s a car that has been designed with the race track in mind.

Clubsport R8 Track edition

The ClubSport R8 Track Edition – which begins production in September, 2016 and will be the last HSV to use the LS3 V8 – gets suspension that is 200 percent stiffer than the suspension in the standard HSV ClubSport.

The stiffer suspension is designed to reduce body leaning on a race track – and through corners generally – for better steering and control, albeit at the expense of ride comfort.

The ClubSport R8 Track Edition also gets the bigger six-piston brakes previously reserved for HSV’s flagship model, the GTS. They provide much better stopping power, particularly during hard driving, such as on a race track.

The ClubSport R8 Track Edition also gets a suede steering wheel and 20-inch alloy wheels previously used on the HSV GTS.

Each HSV limited edition model will be individually numbered, and will get unique identification, including sill plates on the inside of the door jambs.

HSV managing director Tim Jackson says the limited edition models are all about value.

“With all three limited edition models, our focus has been on building vehicles that offer outstanding levels of content, exclusivity and value,” he says. “We’re confident we’ve delivered on all counts and that our fan base will be eager to capitalise on this last opportunity to buy an LS3-powered HSV, especially at these prices.”

HSV LIMITED EDITION MODELS

ClubSport R8 SV Black (sedan), Maloo R8 SV Black (ute)

On sale: June, 2016
Engine: 6.2-litre LS3 V8
Power: 340kW
Torque: 570Nm
Transmission: 6-speed manual or 6-speed auto
Mechanical changes: sound enhancer for intake manifold, four-piston AP Racing brakes
Price: $65,990 (ClubSport sedan), $62,990 (Maloo ute)
Number produced: 350 ClubSports, 100 Maloos (Australia); 18 ClubSports and 2 Maloos (New Zealand)

Grange SV

On sale: September, 2016
Engine: 6.2-litre LS3 V8
Power/torque: 340kW/570Nm
Transmission: 6-speed manual or 6-speed auto
Mechanical changes: sound enhancer for intake manifold
Price: $86,990
Number produced: 150 (Australia), 6 (New Zealand)

ClubSport R8 Track Edition

On sale: September, 2016
Engine: 6.2-litre LS3 V8
Power/torque: 340kW/570Nm
Transmission: 6-speed manual or 6-speed auto
Mechanical changes: sound enhancer for intake manifold, 200 percent stiffer springs, six-piston AP Racing brakes from the GTS
Price: $68,990
Number produced: 150 (Australia), 6 (New Zealand)