Holden power trip
IT IS the devil dressed i n wh i t e , a Ho l d e n Commodore Sportwagon that has had the Walkinshaw treatment to turn it into Australia’s most powerful family wagon.
T h e Wal k i n s h a w P e r - formance six-litre V8 gains a WP190 supercharger that lifts power from 270kW to 450kW and torque from 530Nm to 770Nm.
The power pack supercharger uses Eton internals, and the rest of the V8 is massaged with water-to-air intercooling, WP cold air intake, high-flow injectors and a bi-modal exhaust.
Walki n s h a w s a l e s a n d marketing manager Tony Harris says the Superwagon is a first for the company.
‘ ‘ We’ve n e v e r d o n e a wagon before,’’ he says. ‘‘We wanted to showcase the family element. It’s a userfriendly, everyday car.’’
He says the car is aimed at some of the hot German performance wagons.
To complete the upgrade, there are colour-coded bonnet scoops, lowered suspension, special 20in wheels and tyres and WP engine covers, mats and headrests.
Walkinshaw Performance also adds on a high-end Rockford Fosgate stereo system, available on VE product for the first time.
The Walkinshaw tweaks are also available on the VE Commodore SS, SS-V, Calais, the Statesmen and Caprice, sedans and utes, starting from $3590 – but enthusiasts can spend as much as $50,000.
Mr Harris says the company ‘‘has never been busier’’ because of the peace of mind available with the no-cost warranty on performance upgrades.
‘‘The warranty offer has been a catalyst for more business,’’ he says.
He says the company expects to modify about 1000 Holdens this year.
The warranty extends for the balance of the manufacturers’ new car warranty.
If a customer brings in a three-month old car for a performance upgrade, Walkinshaw will cover the driveline for the remaining 33 months.
Walkinshaw has not released performance figures for the Superwagon, but it is tipped to hit 100km/h in less than five seconds.
The full upgrade does not come cheap – the SS-V Sportwagon costs $57,290 and the full-blown WP treatment adds another $43,990.