Mus­cle car muster

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though it’s a sell­out, Holden Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles has still used the an­nounce­ment of its GTS Maloo to scoop up some ku­dos.

“Ev­ery time we launch a ve­hi­cle is an ex­cit­ing time, but we be­lieve the GTS Maloo is some­thing spe­cial and sets a new bench­mark in the per­for­mance mar­ket,” says Tim Jack­son, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of HSV.

The only ‘new’ news is the ar­rival of two new colours for the HSV range: ‘Some like it Hot’, a rich bronze-red, and ‘Jun­gle Green’, an irides­cent olive green.

The spec­i­fi­ca­tion of the ul­ti­mate Maloo matches the GTS sedan, which means 430 kilo­watts and 740 New­ton-me­tres from the 6.2-litre su­per­charged LSA en­gine, HSV pre­mium brakes and – what is claimed as a world first for a ute – torque vec­tor­ing of the drive. It’s avail­able with both man­ual and au­to­matic six-speed gear­boxes, both with oil cool­ers.

Inside, there is leather trim and the HSV Driver Pref­er­ence Dial for tweak­ing the car’s sta­bil­ity con­trol, launch con­trol, torque vec­tor­ing, power steer­ing and bi-modal ex­haust through three pre-set modes.

There is also a bunch of safety stuff, from a heads-up dis­play to land-de­par­ture warn­ing and auto wipers.

But there are only 250 cars in the pro­duc­tion run, which be­gins in Novem­ber for early Christ­mas presents.

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