• Sep 9th 2009 at 10:28AM
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The HSV E Series 2 lineup - Click above for a high-res image gallery

Just as wounds from the Pontiac G8 being ripped from us are beginning to scar over, HSV has torn them open anew by revealing version 2.0 of its Commodore-based E Series lineup. It's facelifts all around for the gang of Aussie stoplight brawlers, four of which – The GTS, Maloo R8, ClubSport R8 and ClubSport R8 Tourer – even get the erstwhile Poncho's twin-scoop hood. The more luxurious Senator Signature and long-wheelbase Grange models have smooth hoods and less overall ornamentation. Either one would have made a sublime performance Buick, but oh well...

The most extreme looker of the bunch is the range-topping HSV GTS (front and center), which rocks a vicious Fu-Manchu blackout treatment on its new front fascia. All of the cars get new wheels, LED running lights, and new treatments out back as well. Every HSV machine also has an LS3 V8 pumping out 317 kW (425 hp), except the GTS – its LS3 makes 325 kW (435 hp). To further drive home the point, 317 or 325 badging is prominently displayed on the back of the GTS, Maloo, and the two ClubSports so that other drivers have a better understanding of why their doors just got blown off. The Corvette's new launch control system is on every manual gearbox-equipped car, and a manual is standard equipment on all of them but the Grange, which is only sold with a six-speed auto. Finally, new "SV Enhanced" options such as upgraded wheels, bi-modal exhaust, and, in the case of the GTS, 6-pot front brakes let drivers trick things out even further.

It's basically a massive laundry list of good stuff we'll probably never ever see in the U.S. now that GM leadership has put a bullet into the whole North American Zeta sedan idea once and for all. Obviously, this rots. Follow the jump for the official HSV press release and have a gander at the new cars in the gallery below. The photos are all labeled so you know which car is which. That way you'll know precisely what it is that we're missing out on.


HSV E Series 2 Lineup
  • HSV E Series 2 Lineup
  • HSV GTS
  • HSV Maloo R8
  • HSV Senator Signature
  • HSV ClubSport R8 Touring
  • HSV Grange
  • HSV ClubSport R8
  • HSV Grange
  • HSV Senator Signature
  • HSV Maloo R8
  • HSV E Series 2 Lineup
  • HSV E Series 2 Lineup
  • HSV GTS
  • HSV GTS
  • HSV GTS
  • HSV GTS
  • HSV GTS
  • HSV ClubSport R8
  • HSV ClubSport R8
  • HSV ClubSport R8
  • HSV ClubSport R8
  • HSV ClubSport R8
  • HSV Senator Signature
  • HSV Senator Signature
  • HSV Senator Signature
  • HSV Senator Signature
  • HSV Senator Signature
  • HSV GTS
  • HSV GTS
  • HSV GTS
  • HSV GTS
  • HSV GTS
  • HSV GTS
  • HSV GTS
  • HSV GTS
  • HSV GTS
  • HSV GTS
  • HSV GTS

[Source: HSV]

PRESS RELEASE

Holden Special vehicles E Series 2 Lineup

GTS to top 325kW, new SV Enhanced options and stunning design
theme across the range

The new HSV E Series 2 range, unveiled for the first time today, represents the best
in Australian luxury and performance motoring.
As part of the unveil, each model receives its own unique character and points of
difference, which will be readily identifiable to the HSV owner.
A range of options are also available under the 'SV Enhanced' banner, to further
customise the HSV E2 Series.

SV Enhanced optioned vehicles receive a new 'Race Relations' inspired rear
designator in red, courtesy of the HSV design team. GTS owners who purchase the
new six piston brake calliper option receive their SV Enhanced and GTS badges in
yellow.


ClubSport R8
  • All new front and rear design encompassing performance bonnet scoops and 'shockwave' inspired theme.
  • 317kW LS3 V8 engine.
  • Competition Mode ESC
  • Extended Cruise Control
  • Launch Control (manual vehicles only).
  • Four piston front and rear brakes.
  • All new E2 Sports 19 inch wheels
  • Sports cloth seating as standard.
  • SV Enhanced options include Performance suspension, bi-modal exhaust,
  • Sports leather seats and 20 inch wheels.
  • Retails from $65,990
  • Maximum Recommended Retail Price only, subject to state taxes and dealer delivery charges.


Maloo R8
  • All new front appearance encompassing performance bonnet scoops and 'shockwave' inspired theme.
  • 317kW LS3 V8 engine.
  • Competition Mode ESC.
  • Extended Cruise Control.
  • Launch Control (manual vehicles only).
  • All new E2 Sports 19 inch wheels.
  • Sports cloth seats as standard.
  • Driver & passenger front airbags now include front, seat side & curtain side airbags.
  • Addition of dual 8" subwoofers located in the rear cabin quarter trims. Audio output 170W.
  • SV Enhanced options include bi-modal exhaust, Sports leather seats and 20 inch wheels.
  • Retails from $62,990

ClubSport R8 Tourer

  • All new front appearance encompassing performance bonnet scoops and 'shockwave' inspired theme
  • 317kW LS3 V8 engine
  • Competition Mode ESC.
  • Extended Cruise Control.
  • Launch Control (manual vehicles only).
  • Four piston front and rear brakes.
  • All new E2 Sports 19 inch wheels.
  • Sports cloth seats as standard.
  • SV Enhanced options include bi-modal exhaust, Sports leather seats and 20 inch wheels.
  • Retails from $66,990

GTS
  • All new front and rear appearance encompassing performance bonnet scoops and 'shockwave' inspired theme.
  • Upgraded 325kW LS3 V8 engine.
  • Hi-flow intermediate exhaust with bi-modal mufflers.
  • Competition Mode ESC.
  • Extended Cruise Control.
  • Launch Control (manual vehicles only).
  • Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) Performance suspension, stiffer and recalibrated.
  • Four piston front and rear brakes. All new E2 Performance 20 inch wheels
  • Performance leather seats.
  • SV Enhanced options include six-piston front brake callipers, finished in SV Enhance yellow with black HSV insignia and four-piston rears with unique wheel accenting.
  • Retails from $80,990
  • Maximum Recommended Retail Price only, subject to state taxes and dealer delivery charges.

Senator Signature
  • All new sophisticated front and rear appearance incorporating subtle elements of the shockwave graphic theme.
  • 317kW LS3 V8 engine.
  • Competition Mode ESC.
  • Extended Cruise Control.
  • Launch Control (manual vehicles only).
  • Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) Premium suspension.
  • Luxury Nappa leather seats.
  • Four piston front and rear brakes
  • All new E2 Luxury 19 inch wheels.
  • SV Enhanced options include bi-modal exhaust and 20 inch wheels.
  • Retails from $82,990

WM Grange
  • 317kW LS3 V8 engine.
  • Competition Mode ESC.
  • Extended Cruise Control.
  • Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) Premium suspension.
  • Luxury Nappa leather seats.
  • Four piston front and rear brakes
  • All new E2 Luxury 19 inch wheels.
  • SV Enhanced options include bi-modal exhaust and 20 inch wheels.
  • Retails from $87,990


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      JDM Life
      • 6 Years Ago
      Love it. Awesome brute cars.


      Love how there's soo much variety in one car.
      • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL i only just watched the trailer and my god - YOU FAIL HSV!!!

        but at least you made me giggle
        • 6 Years Ago
        no way really? hahaha thats hilarious. but that's great to hear if its true - at least you won't end up with the monstrosity that is HSV E series 2. the G8 definitely looks better
      • 6 Years Ago
      Almost everything about these cars is great, until you get to the styling. They all look like Mitsubishis from ten years ago. This is one reason why the G8 didn't sell here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why did GM get in trouble in the US (and Europe for that reason)? Look at the picture above.

      True, not everyone needs a RWD car, but FWD is not for everyone either (myself included). Yes, a company can offer a balance of products, if executed correctly. The Holdens can still be successful if markeked and promoted the right way.

      GM's problems can be dated back to the 1980's when crap cars (X-cars, J-cars, A-Cars) were the order of the day and coroprate bean counters were the favorite sons, and the unions played the "do it our way or we'll shut you down" game. That still rings true today.

      If GM doesn't have the balls to sell the Holdens, then let Penske /Saturn do it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      All of you are forgetting pricing.

      The G8 LOST money in the US, even though it was severely decontented when compared to HSV cars. That's why GM was not particularly eager to keep importing it, or even to build it here.

      You'll notice that these cars have prices ranging from $56,000 to $75,000 when converted to US dollars. US buyers will not pay that much for any Chevy or Pontiac.
        • 6 Years Ago
        you cannot make that claim without context, and currency conversion is not context.

        What is the average Australian wage compared to the price of these cars in Australia?

        These are HSV models, the top end. They are not the volume sellers.

        A currency conversion is often more inaccurate of an indicator than accurate.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My hope would be that Penske will bring these cars over and badge them as Saturn's. He can do the same with the Astra so long as he brings the hot versions too. I'd buy a Astra VXR as long as it came over with out being Americanized, ie with an Auto box, softer suspension etc.
      • 6 Years Ago
      this is the car chasis how save GM dont?

      they are prety cool I guess... modern muscle cars
      • 6 Years Ago
      And yet it gets cancelled here, and not ported to Chevy or Buick... Nor being the new performance cornerstone for revitalizing Pontiac, rather than killing it entirely.

      GM's handling of that car in the US has been abysmal, and if they can't make any money from that platform, it is their own daft fault.

      If it is too expensive to import, why are they not building them along-side Camaro in Canada, or repurposing one of their other derelict factories to produce a good car at an affordable price?

      Why must the G8 GT not have a stick, but have to step up almost 10 grand to get a GXP?

      And if Buick doesn't think they can sell the up-scale model with the nicer interior materials like the Australian Caprice/Senator, or the Chinese Buick Park Avenue version, (which they could simply COPY for the US market...) then they are just as insane as Pontiac and Chevy are.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree with everything you said in your post, and I am a 2008 G8 GT owner.


        One thing though, the lack of stick except in the GXP is largely due to the AFM system in the car I believe. Though it shouldn't have been hard for them to develop a system that worked with AFM+Stick, they probably just didn't want to spend the extra money to develop it.

        Of course, that doesn't mean that a 5 speed stick couldn't have been offered with the 6cyl model, but I digress.


        And it looks like those HSVs have the Pontiac hood on them. I had heard on one of my boards that Holden/HSV was going to be using extra Pontiac parts to clear out inventory. Only thing that angers me about that is that it means that those that need the replacement body parts will not get them in a (somewhat) timely fashion.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm sure they didn't need to develop anything, I would bet that all these cars are available with a manual transmission probably as standard with the auto as an option. Its just they think no one wants a stick over here. The truth is not so many people want manual transmission but I think more would if there had the choice.

        Even when there are cars that are available with a stick try buying one,the dealers don't order them so there are rare. I tried to buy a Focus with a 5 speed and had to search all over the place to find one. Arrange a dealer to dealer transfer only to find someone beat me to it. When I asked the dealer why it was so difficult to find the car I wanted his response was "No one wants a stick". Well if they don't how come there are not lots of unsold cars on the lots?
      • 6 Years Ago
      .......sobs uncontrollably into hanky, :'('''''''''
      • 6 Years Ago
      As purely awesome as these cars are, "over-styled" is an understatement. I think the Pontiac was my favorite version.

      Now where's my Zeta Impala?!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The ClubSport R8 could make a nice Buick Grand National.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i'm so glad i live in Australia....... the only problem i have with the whole HSV line up is that the front bumper of the GTS... i don't like the two tone thing they were going to with the red and black..... the R8 looks much better....
        • 6 Years Ago
        So you havent seen the photos of the back yet?
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