Performance Vauxhall - - BUY & MODIFY -

Gen-F Maloo R8s were of­fered with a six-speed man­ual gearbox as stan­dard and a six-speed au­to­matic as a cost op­tion. Reach­ing the 60mph mark from a stand­ing start is reg­is­tered in a time of 4.5 sec­onds for both gear­boxes when fit­ted to the R8 LSA. Launch con­trol is a fea­ture of the man­ual trans­mis­sion.

“The first thing any Maloo owner should do is change the oil in the gearbox and lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial,” warns Marc. “These utes are driven hard, so don’t be alarmed if you spot small metal par­ti­cles in used dif­fer­en­tial oil. Sim­ply re­place the fluid and you’ll be amazed at how well your new R8 per­forms there­after.”

Due to them be­ing based on the same ba­sic de­sign, all LS series en­gines fea­ture in­ter­change­able parts. A twin-plate LS9 clutch, for ex­am­ple, will hap­pily mate to an LSA. Up­rated fly­wheels, gear sets, dif­fer­en­tials and other trick trans­mis­sion parts are avail­able from a va­ri­ety of man­u­fac­tur­ers and re­tail­ers, in­clud­ing MWP.

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