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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.

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