ROADTEST

The peren­nial HSV Clubs­port goes places quickly, but never far from de­sir­abil­ity

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Web On The - CRAIG DUFF craig.duff@cars­guide.com.au

It’s get­ting aw­fully green around here — so we thought it time to bust out in the HSV’s ClubS­port

DI­NOSAURS still stalk the earth— and they’re as awe­some as ever.

In mo­tor­ing terms V8s are a legacy sys­tem— evolv­ing emis­sion stan­dards and more ef­fi­cient down­sized en­gines have forced a grad­ual re­treat of the bent eights un­til they are now the pre­serve of per­for­mance cars. But when T-Rex roars, sen­si­ble smaller crea­tures get out of the way. Holden Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles’ lat­est car­ni­vore is the rein­tro­duced stan­dard ClubS­port— and it’s still some­thing to cower from.

VALUE

A drive­away price of $64,990 puts the base model HSV way up the peck­ing or­der in terms of out­lay for ac­cel­er­a­tion. The Com­modore-based Club­bie gives away a measly 8kW to the higher-spec HSVs and misses out on the en­hanced driver in­ter­face, which in­cludes the bi-model ex­haust with enough re­verb to do dam­age to build­ings. It picks up unique ‘‘ Pen­tagon’’ 20-inch al­loy rims, ‘‘ com­pe­ti­tion mode’’ ESC, four-pis­ton brakes, sat­nav

and a re­vers­ing cam­era.

TECH­NOL­OGY

The facelifted HSVs are ru­moured to be the last to use the nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V8, with a su­per­charged engine from Gen­eral Mo­tors’ US cat­a­logue tipped to go un­der the hood when the VF-based

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