Style on top of substance
FOR once, more power isn’t part of the latest update to HSV’s range.
The E3/WM3 models instead pick up exterior and interior refinements, headed by a sophisticated infotainment package and an optional LPG injection system that cuts fuel use without any effect on performance.
It’s good on the regular Holdens and so much fun it could be dangerous on the HSV variants. There’s a temptation here to look down at the centre console display – HSV calls it an Enhanced Driver Interface – to see how many Gs you’re pulling is almost overwhelming – and that means taking your eyes off the road. Take my advice – plug in the USB stick and review the data on a computer after the drive.
The EDI can be either a track day toy or a useful way to smooth out your driving style, depending on which mode is dialled up.
For theWM3Grange, it is another weapon in the Clayton-based company’s challenge to the performance European sedans that it is competing with for space in the reserved sections of corporate carparks.
It’s hard to argue with an $89,000 vehicle that will keep up with a Merc E63 or BMW M5, has much more interior space and still costs half as much.
It’s a lot of car for the price, with interior space that puts its Euro rivals to shame, performance that’s on a par and mod-cons that are often options in many luxury line-ups.
That said, it’s still a lot of money for what visibly began life as a Holden Commodore, no matter how many dress-up kits or flashy fascia HSV tacks on.