HSV in Se­na­tor sur­prise

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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.

Drop:

the price of the Se­na­tor has been stripped in the Holden Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles lim­ited-edi­tion model.

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