Car with a lot of dash
Grange upgrade sports a hot dashboard system, writes Paul Pottinger
AWICKED new dashboard toy that rivals the computer readouts in the Nissan GT-R is the signature item on the VEII upgrade at Holden Special Vehicles.
The Enhanced Driver Interface is already confirmed for the HSV flagship, the WM3 Grange, and is expected to be standard across the E3 when full details are revealed on Monday.
The EDI streams a dizzyingly variable array of real-time vehicle dynamics and performance data to a touch screen in the upper centre console, taking a big step up and beyond the touch-screen console already fitted to Holden’s own VEII Commodores.
The WM3 upgrade list also includes Side Blind Zone Alert, a bimodal exhaust, reversing cameras, daytime running lights and satellite navigation. Power increases from 317kW to 325, the figure emblazoned on the Grange’s rear for the first time, and torque remains 550Nm.
HSV says the V8 output will be unaffected by the major new option for the brand, its $5990 Liquid Propane Injection system.
But it claims the system reduces emissions by up to 15 per cent and running costs by up to 50 per cent.
Though the hi-tech system is eligible for the Federal Government’s $2000 rebate on factory-fitted LPG systems, the Grange is still subject to a Luxury Car Tax hit.
Final prices will not be confirmed until the full 2011 HSV range is launched on September 21, but HSV predicts $900 as the maximum increase.
And HSV is confident the new Grange will continue to win sales from European brands.
HSV’s general manager of sales Darren Bowler says: ‘‘With the combination of the Grange’s power and new technologies we are confident the HSV Grange retains its position as the ultimate Australian-made luxury performance car.
‘‘Our Grange buyer expects the bestappointed car in our range, and with this much equipment as standard we are sure they won’t be disappointed.’’
The WM3 also receives exterior and interior re-touches, including a new front and rear design and daytime running lamps to bring the luxury flagship into line with the rest of the HSV range.
Sexy dash: the WM3Grange’s enhanced driver interface streams an array of real-time vehicle data.