A run for their money

HSV’s Grange of­fers a re­fined chal­lenge to its Euro ri­vals, writes Craig Duff

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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.

Value

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

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