With the demise of local Holden manufacturing, the death of the ute came with it. The iconic body style flooded Australian roads for decades but ultimately ended last year with the VF Commodore.
HSV celebrated the end of the VF Commodore with the bonkers GTSR W1 model, featuring the C6 Corvette ZR1’s 6.2-liter LS9 supercharged V8 engine, but the company has kept a few cars a closely hidden secret: there are, in fact, a handful of GTSR Maloo W1 models.
The Maloo served as HSV’s high-performance ute model, but the company never once mentioned a GTSR Maloo W1. WhichCar reported on Tuesday that HSV actually did commission a small number of high-power ute models for select customers. When the builds commenced, HSV required owners to sign a contract promising silence over the cars’ existence before, during and after delivery.
HSV told the publication that it never intended to hide the cars, but decided to not “publicize their existence.”
The Maloo W1 models still feature identical equipment to the GTSR W1 sedan. As such, specially developed SupaShock dampers, a close-ratio six-speed manual and Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R are all accounted for.
It’s unclear just how many GTSR Maloo W1s the company built, but it can’t be many. Nonetheless, locals should keep their eyes open for the very special cars.