HSV ClubSport R8

HSV ClubSport R8

We recently ran a news piece on what is arguably the world’s most powerful ute, the stunningly quick HSV Maloo GTS limited edition. If you want a sedan rather than the Maloo, HSV has just released details of the upgrades to its Gen-F series.

Upgrades to the Gen-F include the extraction of even power and torque from the big V8s, a facelift to give an even more positive stance on the road, additional colour choice and new personalisation items.

The upgrades start with an increase in power and torque, to 340kW and 570Nm, on HSV’s three R8 models, the ClubSport R8, ClubSport R8 Tourer and Maloo R8.

HSV ClubSport R8 Tourer

HSV ClubSport R8 Tourer

Power increases on the HSV ClubSport and Maloo models see them lifted to 325kW, which is the same power output as the previous E Series 3 GTS. This gain is due to the fitment of a high-flow exhaust system with an X-pipe intermediate. The standardisation of a bi-modal muffler is part of the package.

Changes to the electronics on the exhaust system will now be fitted to all HSV models with the exception of Grange. It’s aimed at giving you an even throatier engine note. Sounds good to us, however we haven’t yet had a chance to get behind the wheel of one of the new HSVs, as soon as we do we will report back in detail.

HSV Maloo R8

HSV Maloo R8

Many HSV buyers still like the added control given by a six-speed manual gearbox. If you do opt for an six-speed automatic all models now come with steering wheel mounted paddle-shifters.

The HSV GTS now has a distinctive Dark Stainless finish on its 20-inch Blade forged alloy wheels. The 20-inchers on the HSV R8 models are finished with Tornado Grey accents.

Two new colours have been added: some Like It Hot, a rich bronze/red and Jungle Green, an iridescent olive green, will be introduced to the range (these supersede Karma and Fantale).

Vehicle personalisation items include the availability of a new high-mounted Hyperflow Performance rear spoiler for the ClubSport, ClubSport R8 and GTS. A Pitch Black Style option will be available on the three R8 models. Pitch Black sees black accenting on the side vents and mirror housings, together with the low-line spoiler on the ClubSport R8 sedan and the tailgate on the ClubSport R8 Tourer wagon.

Obviously very proud of his new range, HSV’s managing director, Tim Jackson says, “It’s fair to say that the market acceptance of the GEN-F range since its launch last year has exceeded all our expectations. “We’re confident the enhancements we’re making to power, styling and vehicle personalisation will further embed HSV as the first choice for performance vehicle enthusiasts”.

ClubSport (manual) $61,990
Maloo (manual) $59,990
ClubSport R8 (manual) $73,290
Maloo R8 (manual) $69,990
ClubSport R8 Tourer (now auto only) $76,490
Senator Signature (manual & auto) $83,990
Grange (auto only) $85,990
GTS (manual) $94,490
GTS Maloo (manual) $87,990
Note: Prices are Recommended Retail Pricing and includes Luxury Car Tax

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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