Full-blown fi­nale


HOLDEN’S fast-car di­vi­sion is pre­par­ing to send off the Com­modore on a high note.

Holden Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles is poised to add su­per­charged V8 power to most of its line-up from the end of this year, fit­ting the en­gine that was pre­vi­ously ex­clu­sive to the flag­ship GTS sedan and lim­ited edi­tion ute.

To main­tain brag­ging rights, the GTS will still have the power and per­for­mance edge be­cause HSV will fit a slightly de­tuned ver­sion of the “blower” en­gine to the Maloo ute, Club­sport sedan and wagon and Sen­a­tor lux­ury model.

How­ever, even the most ba­sic cars will have a whop­ping out­put — nearly 400kW, say well placed sources.

The Se­ries II Com­modore range is due in show­rooms in Oc­to­ber. The su­per­charged HSV vari­ants are ex­pected to be iden­ti­fied by a new front bumper and vented bon­net.

As the cost of ex­tract­ing even more power was pro­hib­i­tive, the su­per­charged GTS is ex­pected to re­tain its out­put of 430kW/740Nm.

Holden plans to equip the Com­modore SS with the Corvette V8 that HSV has used for the past decade, oblig­ing the lat­ter to fit the su­per­charged V8 on all but the Grange limousine.

The mas­sive changes to the HSV range come at a price. The su­per­charged Maloo ute and Club­sport sedan and wagon and Sen­a­tor are ex­pected to add at least $10,000 to cover the cost of the dearer en­gine and heavy­duty hard­ware such as the trans­mis­sion, tail­shaft and dif­fer­en­tial.

The Maloo prob­a­bly will top $70,000 and the Club­sport $80,000, bring­ing it to within about $15,000 of the flag­ship GTS, which will re­tain big­ger brakes and ad­justable sus­pen­sion.

Holden sales are at 21-year lows yet V8 sales are up — more than one in three Com­modores is a V8.

HSV re­fuses to com­ment on the plans. Se­lected Holden deal­ers have been in­formed about the power up­grade but have not yet been told of the new out­put fig­ures.

The HSV GTS Maloo, of which 250 ex­am­ples were made, will re­tain its ex­clu­siv­ity as the world’s fastest ute.

Mean­while, Ford is also get­ting in on the high-power act, with two spe­cial edi­tions planned for the XR6 Turbo and XR8 su­per­charged V8.

Both mod­els are ex­pected to wear “Sprint” badg­ing from early next year, as the Fal­con starts its 10-month march to ex­tinc­tion.

Maloo, too: The ute will get a su­per­charged V8 as will Club­sport and Sen­a­tor

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