GTS sells out
Tas 250 super-trick utes despite a pricetag that’s likely to run to around $85,000.
The HSV result mirrors the sellout success of the final Falcon GT from Ford Performance Vehicles, which prompted an eBay charity auction to allocate build numbers 001 and 500 for the GT-F: they sold for AU$157,600 and AU$236,100 respectively.
Details of the GTS sedan have been public for months but the early detail on the supercharged LSA-powered Maloo points to a ute that will easily crack the world speed record for a pick-up. It currently stands at 271km/h and was set by Mark Skaife in 2006 at the disused Woomera rocket range in South Australia.
Apart from speed, the GTS Maloo will also set records as the costliest and most powerful ute ever built by Holden, as well as the ute with the biggest brakes.
The car has been under development for four years and has surprisingly few unique parts beyond the tailshaft and some cosmetic pieces inside the cabin. However, it still gets the heavy-duty engine and transmission cooling – as either a six-speed manual or automatic – and an upgraded differential. he best car in the history of Holden Special Vehicles, the $100,000 GTS sedan, is a sellout. And so is the GTS Maloo ute.
Customers quickly put their names against every one of the 150 cars in the initial production run for HSV’s current headline hero, despite a price that will just clear $100,000, including on-road costs, and the hot Holden shop is now scrabbling for extra production slots at Elizabeth in South Australia.
The same thing happened when early word on the GTS Maloo leaked and, once again, HSV is looking to boost its production run to as many