Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) has revealed the lineup of its Gen. F vehicles, and they do not disappoint in the least. The HSV family will be available in multiple flavors including the Clubsport sedan and Clubsport Tourer wagon; the Maloo and Maloo R8 ute; the luxurious Senator; and the bonkers-looking GTS sedan.
With the exception of the HSV Gen-F GTS, all of the models will be powered by the LS3 V8 making between 424 and 455 horsepower (thanks to different tuning), while the GTS cradles the supercharged 6.2L V8 LSA engine good for 430kW (576 hp) of power and 740Nm (545 lb.-ft.) of torque. In other words, the menacing machines are not only as fast as they look, but the GTS can claim it’s the fastest vehicle to ever be made in Australia.
|VEHICLE||ENGINE||POWER kW / HP||TORQUE Nm / LB-FT|
|HSV Gen-F Clubsport||6.2L LS3 V8||317 / 424||550 / 405|
|HSV Gen-F Clubsport R8||6.2L LS3 V8||325 / 435||550 / 405|
|HSV Gen-F Clubsport R8 Tourer||6.2L LS3 V8||325 / 435||550 / 405|
|HSV Gen-F Clubsport R8 SV Enhanced Option||6.2L LS3 V8||340 / 455||550 / 405|
|HSV Gen-F Maloo||6.2L LS3 V8||317 / 424||550 / 405|
|HSV Gen-F Maloo R8||6.2L LS3 V8||325 / 435||550 / 405|
|HSV Gen-F Senator Signature||6.2L LS3 V8||340 / 455||570 / 420|
|HSV Gen-F GTS||6.2L LSA V8||430 / 576||740 / 545|
Major technology highlights include HSV’s Enhanced Driver Interface which displays real-time vehicle dynamics and performance data on the touch screen in the dash. There’s also the Driver Preference Dial, which allows the driver to manipulate the vehicle’s various electronic performance systems according to a range of distinct pre-set modes, as well as third-generation Magnetic Ride Control (MRC). Topping off the features are a color Head-Up Display, Lane Departure Warning, Automatic Park Assist (where the car can park itself), and Hill Start Assist/Hill Hold Control for models equipped with manual transmissions.
Suddenly, the Chevrolet SS appears drab and wretched by comparison (albeit significantly less expensive). Here’s to hoping a similar treatment is in the cards for the American-market sport sedan.