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We’re in dan­ger of sound­ing like a stuck record, but there’s very lit­tle dif­fer­ence be­tween the Gen-F VXR8 and Maloo cab­ins. You get the same big ol’ comfy sports seats, but the Maloo has, er, less of them.

“I’ve lost track of the num­ber of own­ers who draw a blank when try­ing to lo­cate the bat­tery for their Maloo,” laughs Marc. “It’s be­hind the pas­sen­ger’s seat!” Slide the leather-trimmed up­rights for­ward to re­veal the part and its neigh­bour­ing stor­age pocket.

“Rear win­dow vis­i­bil­ity is poor and there are ter­ri­ble blind spots when re­vers­ing,” he sug­gests. “Ad­dress­ing the is­sue, Holden added a blind spot warn­ing sys­tem to the mir­rors of late Maloo R8 builds.”

In­de­pen­dently im­ported cars will need their speedos con­verted from km/h to mph, al­though a heads-up dis­play con­ver­sion can be added to avoid dash re­pro­gram­ming. Talk­ing of which, you’ll ex­pe­ri­ence the same large, full-colour in­fo­tain­ment and dig­i­tal gauge sys­tem in the Maloo R8 as you would when sit­ting be­hind the wheel of a VXR8 GTS. You’ll also be sub­ject to the same lack of air­con­di­tion­ing fresh­ness if the aux­il­iary belt has popped off its pul­ley!

“It’s a com­mon com­plaint,” sighs Marc. “The belt’s bot­tom pul­ley bear­ing gives up the ghost. It doesn’t cause any dam­age, but it does en­cour­age the belt to make a bid for free­dom. It can also cre­ate a wor­ry­ing noise.” Thank­fully, MWP keeps a plen­ti­ful stock of re­place­ment pul­leys, idlers and belts to en­sure speedy re­pair.

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