HSV Club­sport R8 LSA 30 Years

Motor (Australia) - - HOT SOURCE - DC

WITH GTS pro­duc­tion qui­etly and sadly due to wind up in the not-tood­is­tant fu­ture (prior to pro­duc­tion of the GTSRs) your only op­tion if you want a hot sedan – sub-$100K – from Holden Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles will shortly be the Club­sport. And so it makes sense that HSV has moved the muchloved (and last all-Aussie) Club­bie more into GTS ter­ri­tory as part of its re­cent round of 30th an­niver­sary up­dates. While power and torque from the ven­er­a­ble 6.2-litre su­per­charged LSA V8 are now up 10kW/20Nm to 410kW/691Nm, the Club­sport R8 LSA now cops the trick brake-torquevec­tor­ing rear diff as stan­dard – once the pre­serve of the GTS – and, for $3495, you can also now have the GTS’s big­ger six-pot brakes. While the bril­liant Mag­netic Ride Con­trol is still off-lim­its for Club­sport, the fixed dampers still of­fer a well-judged ride/han­dling bal­ance in a car that’s been sub­tly im­proved rather than dra­mat­i­cally over­hauled. While the power in­crease sim­ply makes it feel the tini­est bit more ea­ger – like you’d only just started putting 98 into it in­stead of 91 (and boy will you be putting some 98 into this thing) – this is still a se­ri­ously fast car. It sounds bet­ter, too, with HSV fid­dling with the bi-modal ex­haust to seem­ingly re­move the odd ‘chuff­ing’ sound of the old model as the valves opened. HSV has put the price up $2K, now $82,990 for the man­ual, the price also inch­ing fur­ther into GTS ter­ri­tory. But as well as a tonne of spe­cial ‘30th an­niver­sary’ badges, it scores you a sub­tly im­proved car – one that was a truly ex­cel­lent, prac­ti­cal mus­cle car to be­gin with – fast, sur­pris­ingly ag­ile for its size, a car that you want to take for a long drive. –

SPECS 6.2L V8 S/C, 410KW/695NM, 1907KG, 0-100KM/H 4.5SEC PRICE $82,990

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