Muscle car muster
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.