• Aug 2, 2009
Top Gear gets busy with some Aussie muscle -- Follow the jump to watch

Let's just say that Richard Hammond rightfully digs the blown, delightfully obscene Vauxhall VXR8 Bathurst (above, bottom), which costs a not-insignificant £45,000 in Blighty. For that not-insignificant sum, he says, "you get almost limitless vulgarity." Trust us, he's paying it a compliment, based on the s**t-eating grin he wears throughout his stint behind the wheel. Then he drives the HSV Maloo R8 (above, top) – Holden's factory-tuned super-ute, which really is one of the coolest cars we'll never get here. As you'll see, it doesn't haul hay bales particularly well, but it can suck the windshield out of a new Audi S4. Finally, the Stig uses his right foot like a cattle prod with both cars in some split-screen action. It's all good.

After watching this clip, you'll probably want to send some thoughtfully-worded feedback to GM's "Tell Fritz" web thingamajig. You all know Fritz. He's that guy who spiked the return of the Holdens to the U.S. because he doesn't believe in rebadging. Yeah, we're beating a dead horse. We don't care. Watch the video and you won't either. Thanks to Bradley Wint for the heads-up.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes, my son (the one that didn't like the Rampage) loved the Maloo.

      Once he realized the Maloo was a pickup version of the G8 he wanted to get one today. I explained the ST, how Pontiac was dead and we'd never see such a thing in the US ever.

      Then he started placing blame. Wasn't pretty.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just when I thought I had accepted the disappearance of this car from the U.S. market... I have to watch this. Makes me rather sad actually.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And they had a new Audi S4 and didn't review it because of these two cars. Lame.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bit of a surprise the season ending so quickly. I remember seeing a ZR1 in the first episode season teaser bit, what happened to that? And where was the air cargo loading race where the scissor jack truck capsized? Did I miss an episode or something?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just finished watching it, overall it was a good episode. The Vauxhalls were awesome, I wish we could get both of them here in America. I was hoping that Jay Leno had gotten a better time but it's allright. The ending, although sad was really outstanding. The music combine with the sound of an engine was good as well the camera shots. It just seemed like a movie. I look forward to watching season 14 if it ever comes out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Both HSV's (G8 & Ute) are very well respected down under as top level performance vehicles, but you guys in the States are also missing out on the Ford variants. The Ford Falcon is arguably a better car than the Holden, and FPV (Ford Performace Vehicles) are taking the fight to Holden.

      Check out www.fpv.com.au for their amazing cars.

      You're also missing out on the Toyota Aurion - basically an Australian re-design of the Camry - and a MUCH better looking car!
      • 5 Years Ago
      What is so funny is that I see both of these cars on a regular basis... they are about as common on the streets as a Ford Mustang in the US/Canada. Really, the FPV Ford Falcon is a nicer car, especially internally.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like these a lot more than the Pontiacs versions.

      ...I'd take a Maloo with removable back seats
        • 5 Years Ago
        Their currently and never was a Pontiac version of either of these trim levels.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There are no rear seats in a Maloo. It's a two-seater ute (pick-up).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why does Fritz think that this is rebadging but making a Chevrolet Aveo into a Pontiac G3 for the same market is not?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I never understood how GM sees fit to sell these cars in AUS which is a smaller nation then the US , sells them in smaller numbers but cant make a case for them to sell them here because they won't sell in the millions??? They already paid for all the tooling, so what if they only sell 20K of them here in a year? it's still 20K more then what they would not have sold else where....and if people are willing to pay for the extra cost of bringing them here WTF is their "GM" problem???
      • 5 Years Ago
      BECAUSE THEY ARE MADE IN AUSTRALIA ,THE UTE PICKUP COMES IN VERSIONS STARTING WITH A 1 METRIC TON CAB CHASSIS WHICH CAN BE FITTED WITH A FLAT BED TRAY WHICH WILL TAKE A PALLET AND IS POWERED BY A BUICK DEVELOPED V6 ,ALL THE WAY UP TO THIS BEAST . THE BASE MODEL SEDAN IS KNOWN AS A COMMODORE ALSO POWERED BY A V6 THEY ARE BUILT IN STH AUSTRALIA AT GM'S HOLDEN PLANT THE ENGINE'S FOR ,THE BEASTS YOU SEE HERE THOUGH COME FROM THE USA ITS THE SAME ONE THEY PUT IN THE CORVETTE .
      • 5 Years Ago
      Admittedly, I have questionable taste but that Maloo is better looking to me than many exotics!

      Maybe it's the 12 (32?) year old in me that thinks a "truck with a Ferrari engine and rockets" would make the best possible vehicle in the world.
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