Movers and shakers
Power, prestige go hand-in-hand with Senator
carsguide.com.au A FACETIOUS crack at federal politicians is almost too easy when writing about the Commodore-based HSV. Well, almost.
Something like ‘‘$ 85,000 is well below the going rate for a senator’s signature, isn’t it?’’ is too easy and inaccurate (in sentiment as well as market rate, we hope).
The fully-loaded Senator Signature sits $5000 below the more tastily named Grange long-wheelbase flagship and is less overt than the slightly more powerful GTS, but still oozes muscle-
The HSV Senator Signature goes for $83,990, which buys you an Audi A4, C-Class Benz or 3 SeriesBMW– all cars that have nowhere near the rear seat room or the performance of this V8 musclecar. The Senator has more features than a Canberra DVD store – projector headlights and driving lights, daytime LED running lights and tail lights, leather trim, a leatherwrapped HSV sports steering wheel with height and reach adjustability.
The helm also has controls for the Enhanced Driver Interface and the HSV derivation of Holden’s iQ infotainment system.
There is also a trip computer (some numbers you may not want to see), Bluetooth, satnav, dual-zone climate control, alloy pedals, a trio of centre-mounted gauges, the (optional at $1990) blind spot warning system, a rear overhead DVD player, HSV ‘‘ performance’’ electrically-adjustable leather seats and an optional ($1990) sunroof.
HSV went down the path of boosting brain power instead of horsepower for the E3 upgrade – after all, anything over 300kW and 500Nm is an
‘‘ elegant sufficiency’’ of outputs for most road users.
The brand uses the touchscreen for more than satnav, phone and sound system functions – the
Package: Space and performance are key features of the fullyloaded HSV Senator