HSV CLUBSPORT LSA
The Clubsport R8 price has risen by up to $9500 with the fitment of the supercharged V8 “LSA” engine and the heavy duty hardware (transmission, differential, axles) that goes with it. It has six-speed auto, four-piston caliper brakes front and rear, 20-inch alloys with Continental tyres and, shared with the SS-V Redline, forward crash alert and head-up display.
The changes to the Series II update are subtle: the fog lights have been replaced by plastic garnish that looks like a brake cooling duct (but doesn’t actually let any air through) and there are new side skirts and trim on the lower edge of the bumpers. New wheels also give it a freshen-up. The Clubsport LSA gets a dual-mode exhaust but it’s not as loud as the Holden version.
The supercharged 6.2-litre V8 (400kW/671Nm) is a detuned version of the engine fitted to the flagship HSV GTS (430kW/740Nm). For the 0-100km/h sprint, HSV claims a 0.2-second difference between the two cars (4.4 and 4.6 seconds respectively). We’ve clocked 4.6 for the GTS and 4.8 for the Clubsport.
Six airbags, five-star safety rating. There is a rear-view camera with guiding lines that turn with the steering wheel, so you can see where you’ll end up. There are also parking sensors front and rear. The brakes have four-piston calipers and the discs are significantly bigger than the SS-V Redline’s Brembo package.
The Clubsport LSA glides over bumps like a luxury car, though the steering can feel a touch vague in the straight-ahead position at freeway speeds. All is forgiven when you floor the throttle and the LSA comes alive. It sounds a little muted but there is no denying this thing has epic grunt.