A run for their money
HSV’s Grange offers a refined challenge to its Euro rivals, writes Craig Duff
FOR once, more power isn’t part of the latest update to HSV’s range. The E3/WM3 models instead pick up exterior and interior refinements, headed by a sophisticated infotainment package and an optional LPG injection system that cuts fuel use without any effect on performance.
It’s good on the regular Holdens and so much fun it’s dangerous on the HSV variants.
Why dangerous? Because the temptation to look down at the centre console display— HSV calls it an Enhanced Driver Interface — to see how many Gs you’re pulling is almost overwhelming, and that means taking your eyes off the road. Take my advice: plug in the USB stick and review the data on a computer after the drive.
The EDI can be either a track-day toy or a useful way to smooth out your driving style, depending on which mode is dialled up.
In the case of the WM3 Grange, it’s another weapon in the Clayton-based company’s challenge to the performance European sedans that it’s competing with for space in the reserved sections of corporate car parks.
IT’S hard to argue with an $89,000 vehicle that will keep up with a Merc E63 or a BMW M5 in most situations, has much more interior space and costs half as much. By any comparison, it’s a