The Australian automotive industry may be on its last leg, but that isn’t stopping Holden’s go-fast partner from going out with a boosted bang. CarsGuide reports supercharged power is coming to nearly every HSV model of Commodore.
Holden is facing its lowest brand perception, coupled with lowest sales in 21 years, but V8 sales of the car are actually up, as enthusiasts scoop up the remaining locally produced rear-wheel vehicles. As Holden prepares to fit the 2016 Commodore Series II with 6.2-liter LS3 power, once reserved for HSV, Holden’s partner with a need for speed will slap forced induction on the HSV Clubsport and Maloo, with a showroom date near the Bathurst 1000 in October.
Though, owners of the bonkers GTS models will retain their bragging rights to owning the world’s fastest, most powerful engine ever fitted to an Australian-made car. That includes the Maloo GTS, too. The GTS models will still produce 577 hp and 545 lb-ft of torque. The Clubsport and Maloo ute will make do with 536 hp. Hardly a pity if you ask us.
It remains a question if General Motors will grace the U.S. with a high-performance Chevrolet SS, but we wouldn’t complain in the slightest should some of HSV’s goodies make it stateside.