HSV in Senator surprise
THE opening day of the Melbourne Motor Show had several surprises. There were a couple of late arrivals, including the gorgeous new BMW Z4 sportster, and more details on everything from the fuel miser Suzuki Alto to the Honda Insight, which was shown as a left-hand-drive concept but will soon be sold as a $30,000-plus hybrid hero.
One of the genuine surprises was on the GM Holden stand with a couple of limited-edition showroom specials to keep Commodore ticking along.
The International pack for the Commodore sedan and Sportswagon was no great shock, because dollar deals on Australia’s favourite car always go well, but the arrival of a limited-edition Senator from Holden Special Vehicles was unexpected.
The car is priced from $69,990, which doesn’t look like much of a bargain until you clock the regular Senator at $80,500.
Stripping the price means dumping equipment, including the excellent ‘‘magnetic ride’’ suspension, but the mechanical package is based on the latest Clubsport and that will be more than enough for most people.
‘‘The release of the E-Series Senator is designed to appeal to customers seeking the performance our company is renowned for in a subtle yet identifiably HSV package, with an attractive price,’’ HSV’s Phil Harding says.
Only 89 cars will be built and it still gets 317kW and 19-inch alloy wheels. In the style of every limited-edition model, the car comes with a special logo, in this case on the headrests.
the price of the Senator has been stripped in the Holden Special Vehicles limited-edition model.