• Jun 17th 2007 at 3:29PM
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HSV E-Series Clubsport R8A reader named Dominic sent in photos of a car he spotted in Troy, MI this week. In his email, he noted only that said car was RHD. To our enjoyment, when we looked at the photos, we were pleased to find an E-Series HSV Clubsport R8 (official pic at right). HSV is the performance arm of GM's Australia-based Holden division, and the HSV cars have the goods to back up their aggressive looks.

The Clubsport, like the other E-Series HSV sedans, sports different front and rear fascias than the regular Holden Commodore SS-V (which we'll see as the Pontiac G8 GT). It's also identifiable easily thanks to the "Clubsport" badging ahead of the rear wheel well (plainly visible in the spy photo gallery below). Its 6.0L LS2 is good for a rocking 411 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of tire-shredding twist -- a notable upgrade over the forthcoming G8 GT's 362 horses and 391 lb-ft.

While it's not at all surprising to see Holdens in the Detroit area sporting manufacturer tags like this one (there are always several sightings during the Woodward Dream Cruise, as the stuff just comes out of the woodwork), it's encouraging to see one of the latest and greatest HSV's tooling about. After all, everyone knows that the best Pontiacs get a GXP designation now, and we hope that this car's presence is an indicator that the General is looking to add a range-topper to the G8 lineup sometime after it makes its debut next year.

Thanks for the shots, Dominic!

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Care to educate Bob Lutz and Pontiac about what they are supposed to learn from you.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Not from me vivi, not from me. But from BMW, Mercedes, Shelby . . . even Mitsubishi and Subaru. The fact is that Pontiac is so ashamed of having flooded the market with claded junk that now they are terrified of puting something exciting out there. Yeah, I now, the Solstice look the part, but that one doesn't play it (and you have to step out of the car to put the roof up or down).
      • 8 Years Ago
      You're a dumass SobeSVT.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This car (but in black) was in front of my driveway in November of 2006.

      It would be foolish to think we will not get a hi-po G8 GXP. Why the guessing games.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice ride. How much do these cost tho? I wouldn't spend 40k on a Pontiac. I just cant do it.
        • 8 Years Ago
        It's around the same price as a 350Z here in Australia.
      • 8 Years Ago
      could it be that someone imported it to the U.S. ? I mean, its a possibility ...
      • 8 Years Ago
      fifth gear test drives Australian version of upcoming Pontiac G8 ... sideways

      • 8 Years Ago
      Downgraded Catera? Totally 90s, same problem the GTO had, when will Pontiac learn?
        • 8 Years Ago
        They need to learn that these new age "muscle car" need some muscle in their design. These lame Pontiacs, first the GTO and now this G8 whatever-ever, simply do not look the part.

        Keeping in mind the flop that Lutz's GTO was, I tend to believe that there is something these people need to learn, and by the look of the G8 . . . it looks like they didn't. :)
        • 8 Years Ago
        Care to education Bob Lutz and Pontiac about what they are supposed to learn from you.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Uhhh- no. While the GTO (and Munaro and Commodore) WAS based on the same platform as the Catera, itself borrowing from the German Opel Omega (not to be confused with the Omega platform). Even these previous generation cars were heavily revised from the Omega/Catera. The new Zeta cars (Holden VE generation) are completely new.
        But maybe I missed something- what is Pontiac supposed to learn?
        • 8 Years Ago
        Except for the problem that the G8 isn't designed as a muscle car. It's designed as a higher-end sedan (much the same as the Grand Prix it's replacing, only a tad higher in the segment), the GT simply having GTO-like power being a coincidence.

        What confuses me is that, if a GXP G8 was rolling ~420/400 for hp/torque, would that suggest an omission of the rumored Trans Am comeback? Such a G8 would probably cannibalize sales of a Trans Am, I would imagine.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sobe...sometimes more conservative designs sell. Look at the Camry. That thing isn't exactly groundbreaking. Plus, this is better looking compared to the GTO. And it looks nothing like a Catera.

      Anyways, I saw a Holden Caprice in Dearborn about two weeks ago. I saw the rear and thought it was an Impala...until I caught up to it and saw the Holden badge on the back. Pretty sharp car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You know how many people are in love with the G8 SobeSVT?
        • 8 Years Ago
        The GTO was at the end of life when it came here and the GTO didn't have options such as a sunroof.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Has many as there were in love with the GTO. FLOP!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wouldn't mind being seen in one of those.
      • 8 Years Ago
      GM has a unique opportunities and problems...
      1) OPPORTUNITY: because of the Euro being so strong BMW pricing will be going through the roof.
      2) OPPORTUNITY: BMW styling seems to be in a holding pattern.
      3) PROBLEM: Down under currency is strong also. This car needs to be priced way under BMW. It should be manufactured in NA to accomplish that. Hey, it's designed and GM has capacity. This car should also be exported from NA.
      4) PROBLEM: Perception to pay premium pricing for a Pontiac. Re-invent Pontiac or kill it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is off topic, but hopefully this car will sport as good of an interior as what GM has been coming out with lately. The GTO interior was pretty good, and that's mainly because it came directly from the Monaro, but this G8 needs to be a knockout in all areas. I hope all the auto mags completely praise this car, not only because it would be good for GM, but also because it would wake Ford's dumb ass up, and get them to realize what we want here.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I do believe GM's idea, Steve, is that if you don't like the G8 you'll have a RWD Impala, Monte Carlo, or Camaro to choose from. ;)
        • 8 Years Ago

        Interior should be identical to the Commodore's, as this is being imported from Australia just like the GTO/Monaro.
        • 8 Years Ago
        What we want here? This looks more like a niche product... I mean, where is the RWD sedan or coupe on the top 10 best-seller list for 2006?

        1. Ford F-Series 796,039
        2. Chevrolet Silverado 636,069
        3. Toyota Camry 448,445
        4. Dodge Ram 364,177
        5. Honda Accord 354,441
        6. Honda Civic 316,638
        7. Chevrolet Impala 289,868
        8. Toyota Corolla 272,327
        9. Nissan Altima 232,457
        10. Chevrolet Cobalt 211,449

        Or, let's try the top 20 selling vehicles for this year through may:

        1 Ford F-Series 290,282
        2 Chevy Silverado 265,941
        3 Toyota Camry 193,900
        4 Toyota Corolla 165,722
        5 Dodge Ram 154,143
        6 Honda Accord 153,431
        7 Chevrolet Impala 144,541
        8 Honda Civic 137,288
        9 Nissan Altima 114,318
        10 Dodge Caravan 94,220
        11 Honda CR-V 84,464
        12 GMC Sierra P/U 84,106
        13 Ford Econoline/Club Wagon 80,641
        14 Chevrolet Cobalt 79,257
        15 Ford Focus 77,732
        16 Toyota Prius 76,747
        17 Ford Escape 73,058
        18 Toyota-RAV4 72,447
        19 Chrysler Town & Country 66,951
        20 Ford Fusion 66,260


        This looks like a terrific product, but considering that Pontiac is already a niche brand in and of itself (a bit like an American Mazda), I doubt they'll make much of a splash. However, the more choice to the consumer, the better.

        I just wonder why on earth a RWD car with a V8 that isn't an old-man mobile (Crown-Vic, Grand Marquis, Chrysler 300) is saddled with a slushbox!
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