HSV sends off beaut ute with a bang

Geelong Advertiser - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Joshua Dowl­ing

1 It costs HOW much?

If you thought $60,000 was a lot of money for Toy­ota HiLux with the lot, how about $80,000 for a Holden V8 ute? The

Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles Maloo 30th an­niver­sary edi­tion is $3000 more than stan­dard model, push­ing price to $79,990 plus on-road costs. su­per­charged LSA 6.2-litre V8 gets a power bump from 400kW to 410kW and torque boost from 671Nm 691Nm, “torque vec­tor­ing” tech the GTS sedan (to make it more sta­ble in high-speed cor­ners) a bunch of 30th an­niver­sary la­bels. The mas­sive six-pis­ton brakes nor­mally re­served for the GTS are $3495 op­tion. All up, this ute is nearly $90,000 in

traf­fic — and the even more ex­pen­sive $96,990 GTSR Maloo around cor­ner:.


It’s fast but not quick

The HSV Maloo goes as you’d ex­pect a su­per­charged ute to per­form: like rocket. Just from stand­ing start. It can’t get all its power to the ground be­cause there’s not much weight over rear wheels compared sedan. Which is why, de­spite be­ing lighter than the sedan over­all,

HSV Maloo has slightly slower 0-100km/h times. The best we could get 5.0 sec­onds;

stops clock in 4.7 sec­onds. Once on the move, though, it feels epic.

3 It rides like a limou­sine

feels lux­ury car over bumps. This may be hard to be­lieve but, de­spite rid­ing on mas­sive 20-inch wheels, the HSV Maloo is no bone crusher. It glides over rough roads, in part thanks to soft side­walls of the Con­ti­nen­tal tyres. HSV’s bet­ter tuned and bet­ter qual­ity shock ab­sorbers should also take some credit. Holden gets a nod, too, for bas­ing the ute body on the un­der­pin­nings of lux­ury Caprice sedan. The only way you can tell you’re in is

bulges hard ton­neau cover in rear view mir­ror.


It’s the last of the breed

Once Com­modore fac­tory shuts in Oc­to­ber, cars like this will be gone for­ever. The au­to­mo­tive world may still pro­duce rear-drive V6 and V8 sedans — but is the end of the car-de­rived high­per­for­mance ute. No won­der they’re be­ing snapped up.


Get a move on

If you want one, bet­ter be quick. Only 200 or so Maloo 30th edi­tions will built be­tween now and the end of pro­duc­tion, as com­pany ramps up pro­duc­tion its flag­ship GTSR models (in­clud­ing 600 Maloo utes). Be­yond that, HSV will be work­ing its magic on Gen­eral Mo­tors’ im­ported prod­ucts.

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