The end is nigh for Holden Special Vehicles current love affair with the Commodore as we know it. However, we’re beginning to see the outpouring of special editions we knew would come with the announcement of Holden’s manufacturing division being shuttered.
HSV has given us a handful of limited edition models, each wearing “SV Black” designations. The SV Black trimmings apply to the HSV Maloo R8, Clubsport R8, while the Grange will simply wear the “SV” nameplate. Each is powered by the same 6.2-liter LSA supercharged V8 engine, producing 456 hp. If the name doesn’t give it away, each model sees a handful of black accents inside and out.
Those accents include Satin Black 20-inch alloy wheels, black AP Racing forged 4-piston brake calipers, black door surrounds and lower door accenting, shadow-chrome exhaust tips and distinctive black badging. Production for the Clubsport R8 and Maloo R8 will begin this June.
As for the Grange, HSV will introduce the SV variant as a farewell to the Caprice based vehicle. Only 50 units will be produced before production ends for good in October of this year.
But, finally, HSV has announced the Clubsport R8 Track Edition, and it’s exactly as it sounds. The Clubsport R8 Track Edition will feature similar SV Black styling cues, but also offer a few trimmings borrowed from the glorious GTS. 20-inch, blade-designed forged alloy wheels and yellow AP Racing, six-piston brakes namely.
To prove it’s not only for show, the Track Edition has had its spring and damper rates stiffened to further reduce body roll and help improve corner entry.
If there’s any of these limited edition vehicles to get, it’s the Clubsport R8 Track Edition, which will only see 150 examples produced. That is, until a supposed GTS-R returns for 2017.