Holden power trip

The Advertiser - Motoring - - Cars Guide - NEIL McDON­ALD

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.

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