Curse the United States for adhering to left-hand drive. That’s all we can think about when we see our friends in the UK and Australia being graced with some craziest creations the automotive world has ever seen.
That includes the HSV Gen-F2 lineup, which houses the much-adored Maloo. And now, the ute is available on the opposite side of the Atlantic ocean. The 2016 Vauxhall Maloo LSA joins the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS as the second HSV offering for the United Kingdom.
While it may not be in the running for any fuel economy awards in the UK, the 2016 Maloo LSA does enjoy power from its surname: a 6.2-liter supercharged LSA V8 engine. And, it’s kind of practical, too. The ute is rated to tow one half ton by UK standards. To help with the bumped up power (a near 100 hp improvement) the spring and damper rates have been stiffened to reduce body-roll and further improve turn-in, while the unique rear suspension module delivers improved rear stiffness and rear braking efficiency.
The Maloo LSA benefits from the additions the VXR8 saw earlier this year, which include a familiar-refreshed Gen-F2 face, Slipstream Blue Metallic (or Vibrant Blue in the UK) and, of course, the LSA engine, which provides quite the power jump from the previous standard LS3 engine.
The 2016 Vauxhall Maloo LSA will start at £54,500 and Vauxhall says business users may even claim the VAT back. It can kind of be a work horse, right? A very, very quick and powerful work horse.