Prices: ClubSport R8 $67,600 (manual) $69,600 (auto); ClubSport R8 Tourer $68,600 (m) $70,600 (a); Grange $88,900 (a); GTS $82,900 (m) $84,900 (a); Maloo R8 $64,600 (m) $66,600 (a); 20 years of Maloo R8 $67,600 (m) $69,600 (a); Senator Signature $83,990 (m/a) Engine: 6.2-litre V8 Power: 317kW (325kW GTS, Grange) at 6000 revs Torque: 550Nm at 4600 revs Transmissions: Six-speed manual and auto (Grange auto only) Options: Blind spot warning system $1990 (standard on Grange and Maloo 20th); LPi $5990 (ute $6390); Turismo Rosso leather $1490 (GTS and Senator)
But even though HSV engineers say there are no changes, the clutch felt a little lighter in the manual models.
HSVs clever LPi system is seamless. The EDI will display when it is in petrol or gas mode, but you won’t feel any difference.
The ride is firm but fair on the road, though the rear can be noisy over sharp hits.
Magnetic ride — which is standard on the Grange, Senator and the GTS — has a ‘‘luxury’’ damper setting that takes the sting out of the bumps.
The cars felt more at home in a short session on the Broadford motorcycle race track, north of Melbourne. Here the magnetic ride was switched to ‘‘performance’’ and the cars flowed through the tricky set of corners.
Switch the traction control to ‘‘competitive’’ mode and you can play hero, allowing the back to drift out, but not far enough to cause alarm. Traction control can also be turned off totally.
The extra width in the front tyres of the Grange give it more directional stability and turn-in, allowing quick changes of direction on the Broadford esses.