HSV sends off beaut ute with a bang
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.