• Aug 22, 2006
The Holden HSV E-Series cars officially broke cover yesterday, courtesy of the Australian Drive.com website. This comes just a few days after shots of a ClubSport R8 were accidentally leaked onto the web.

The ClubSport R8 in the leaked photographs is joined by the the the similarly bespoilered GTS and the more staid Senator Signature. All three cars share the same powertrain: Chevy's 6.0L LS2 V8, which is mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The combo is good for 411 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of asphalt-shredding torque. With the manual shifter, the E-Series cars run to 62 mph in 4.96 seconds. Cars equipped with the auto accomplish the feat in 5.04 sec. Either way you cut it, they're fast.

While they're based on the new VE Commodore, the HSV E-Series vehicles incorporate unique front and rear fascias and large vents aft of the front wheel wells to visually differentiate them from the standard-issue Commodores. In fact, the cars feature 301 elements that are unique to them.

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[Source: Drive.com.au]

The three trim levels break down as follows:

ClubSport R8
The volume seller of the group, the ClubSport retails for over $10,000 AUD less than the Senator Signature and GTS. It manages this by offering a lower level of equipment compared to the others. It sports cloth seats and a traditional "touring suspension" package, stability control, a CD changer, 19" alloys, and the aggressive "Sports Performance" bodywork. Pricing is $62,890 for the manual, and $64,890 for the automatic. All currency values discussed are in Australian dollars.

Senator Signature
The Senator Signature sports a conservative look compared to its brothers, as it wears a traditional grille up front and features a very subtle rear spoiler that's integrated into the trunklid. Positioned as a luxury-marque fighter, it features attractive 10-spoke alloys, a leather/suede seating, magnetic ride control, a DVD entertainment system, and more. Pricing is set at $76,990 AUD, and it can only be had with the automatic.

GTS
The GTS is the ultimate performance machine of the group. Wearing the same aggressive "Sports Performance" kit as the ClubSport, it one-ups the less expensive car by adding a 20" wheel/tire package and incorporating many of the options seen on the Senator Signature, such as magnetic ride control, leather, and DVD. That one-upmanship comes at a cost, lthough. With an automatic transmission, the GTS retails for $76,990 AUD -- the same as the Senator Signature. Opting for the manual knocks $2,000 off that number.

If you ask us, the ClubSport and GTS would look very nice wearing Pontiac badges. As for the Senator Signature, how about changing its name to "Regal GS" or "Roadmaster," fitting a waterfall grille, and giving it to Buick?

Whatever GM's US plans are, we hope they include the hot E-Series cars in some way or another. Time will tell.

PHOTOS

Clubsport R8
Holden HSV E-Series ClubSport R8
Holden HSV E-Series ClubSport R8

Holden HSV E-Series ClubSport R8


Senator Signature
Holden HSV E-Series Senator Signature
Holden HSV E-Series Senator Signature
Holden HSV E-Series Senator Signature


GTS
Holden HSV E-Series GTS
Holden HSV E-Series GTS
Holden HSV E-Series GTS


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice ones!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wait, wait, wait! GM makes this car? No way!
      • 8 Years Ago

      From the rear quarter it looks like a Mazdaspeed 6 to me. Particularly the tail lights.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I was very impressed when I saw the E Series, and the GTS with 20" wheels as standard, absolutely awesome. If only I could afford one
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love the Senator. What a great looking car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A better reference would be the price of the same car in Australia verse the USA.

      US price for a BMW 525i $USD43,500
      Australian price for a BMW 525i$AUD94,300
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's got a lil EVO, RX8, Focus SVT, and a couple of others thrown it. It looks great. When all of GM's designer's are 50+, it's no surprise that none of their car look outstanding. With the exception of The Vette, at best they look ok to decent...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Remind anybody else of an RX-8 in terms of appearance?
      • 8 Years Ago
      wow, that car does look amazing! I wish we had it in the US.

      http://www.carchops.com
      Rich
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd buy one in a heartbeat; awesome looking car.

      Why does the U.S. always get the etremely mass produced, smaller variety, with fewer drivetrain options and less power, crap from Europe and Japan.

      Europe gets the Focus convertible, U.S. gets poop.
      Europe gets a 350hp AWD Focus that will smoke all AWD cars, U.S. gets poop.
      Europe gets the BMW Z1, and Japan gets the Skyline; U.S. gets double poop.

      This must be some government comspiracy to civilize our country; by giving it the garbage that Europe knows suckers will buy because their heads are so far up their butts.
      • 8 Years Ago
      yeah, but we get the impala and malibu.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow. Please import these cars AS they are into North America, with maybe changing the badges to the respective GM brands.

      I'm certain that there is a market for these cars, including the base vehicles with 6-cylinder engines. I think that GM needs proper cars to compete with Chrysler LX family.
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