Movers and shak­ers

Power, pres­tige go hand-in-hand with Sen­a­tor

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test - STU­ART MARTIN

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-

bound pres­ence.

VALUE

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.

TECH­NOL­OGY

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

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