HSV beats ri­val to power punch

Holden’s per­for­mance arm up­grades its en­gines, but it comes at a cost, re­ports STEPHEN OT­T­LEY

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THE tim­ing might be ac­ci­den­tal, but it could not be bet­ter for HSV. The Holden per­for­mance arm is up­grad­ing its en­gines this month, weeks be­fore arch-ri­val Ford Per­for­mance Ve­hi­cles is due to re­lease its new range.

HSV is up­dat­ing from the cur­rent 307kW LS2 to the LS3 V8, which pumps out 317kW.

The up­grade should see HSV main­tain its power ad­van­tage be­cause FPV is re­port­edly set to of­fer a 315kW V8.

HSV says the tim­ing sim­ply co­in­cides with its sup­ply of the LS2 run­ning out.

The com­pany stock­piled LS2 en­gines be­fore pro­duc­tion stopped last year.

‘‘We know our cus­tomers want the latest and great­est tech­nol­ogy in their cars,’’ HSV man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Scott Grant says.

‘‘The Gen­eral Mo­tors LS3 en­gine con­tin­ues the HSV tra­di­tion of scour­ing the world for tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments to en­hance the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

At the un­veil­ing of the new FPV range in Fe­bru­ary, com­pany boss Rod Bar­rett said the Broad­mead­ows brand would not en­gage in a power war with its Clay­ton­based ri­val.

FPV will rely on an up­graded ver­sion of the 5.4-litre Boss V8 for the short term, but prom­ises more up­grades, in­clud­ing a re­born GT-HO.

The new HSV en­gine comes at a price. The Club­Sport R8 now starts at $64,550, up $1660, the Maloo R8 goes from $59,990 to $61,550, the GTS is up $1000 to $76,990 and the Sen­a­tor Sig­na­ture cops a $1200 in­crease to take it to $79,190. The Grange has been bumped up $1700 to start at $84,690.

The LS3 unit is 6.2-litres and pro­duces 550Nm of torque at 4600 revs, the same as the LS2. It is built in North Amer­ica by Gen­eral Mo­tors Pow­er­trains.

De­spite the size in­crease, HSV is re­port­ing a slight drop in fuel econ­omy for the new mod­els.

As well as the lo­cal line-up, the en­gine will fea­ture in HSV’s ex­port mod­els, the Vaux­hall VXR8 sold in Bri­tain and the Mid­dle East-bound CSV R8.

The same en­gine is fit­ted to the Chevro­let Corvette in the US.

In ad­di­tion to the new en­gine, HSV says that au­to­matic gear­boxes will get an oil cooler as stan­dard.

As an op­tion for Club­Sport, Sen­a­tor and Grange buy­ers, a new 20-inch al­loy wheel will be avail­able at $2500.

Boost: the HSV VE GTS gains the LS3 en­gine, but is up $1000 to $76,990.

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