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