While America has its ongoing performance war among the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger, a similar battle in Australia might soon be going out with a bang. Both Ford and Holden are cutting back on local production in the coming years, but their performance brands are firing off one last salvo of insanely powerful utes that are some of the wildest vehicles ever to come from the land Down Under.

Ford Performance Vehicles already showed off its Falcon GT F 351 and Pursuit Ute. The latter packed a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 with 422 horsepower and 402 pound-feet and was limited to just 120 units. That seemed like quite a finale.

New rumors indicate that Holden Special Vehicles has a real bombshell on the way, though. According to the Herald Sun newspaper, the engineers there plan to pull the 6.2-liter supercharged LSA V8 out of HSV's GTS sedan, where it's rated at at 577 hp (430 kilowatts) and 546 lb-ft (740 Newton-meters) of torque, and put it into the Maloo performance ute. It could be the quickest production vehicle of its type, ever. HSV isn't officially admitting the project exists yet, but dealers have confirmed it's on the way by the end of the year.

Like the Pursuit Ute, HSV's mega-ute is likely going to be rare and expensive. According to the paper, the production run is rumored to only be around 150 units and prices are supposed to be about 85,000 Australian dollars ($78,840 at current rates).

HSV is rumored to be sticking around even after Holden ends local production in 2017, but it might not be tuning the rear-wheel drive, V8 muscle cars like it's known for now. A 577-hp ute seems like a great way to say goodbye to the old way and hello to the future.


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      Cool people
      • 5 Months Ago

      I don't care about more horse power, Just bring sports Ute to USA.

      The American market is starved for a weekend warrior like this.

       El Camino,Yes ! 

        Larry Litmanen
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Cool people

        People always say they will buy but they never do, for some reason Americans do not buy cars that are not mainstream. Look at CR-Z, FR-S, Honda Element, Nissan Cube, Nissan Juke, Fiat 500.

        Before the car comes out everyone says they would buy it but once it is out people suddenly start finding excuses not to get that car. CR-Z was not efficient enough, FR-S is not fast enough (200 HP is a light weight car), do you know how many in here swore they would buy a Fiat 500, it is a complete sales bust.

        The car that you want will be less efficient and cost more than they car it is based on because it has to use off the shelf parts and some unique parts.

        Last Ute was based on G8, so todays G8 is Chevy SS, MSRP is $45,770 before any options and destination. So say this Ute will cost overall $50K and will get say 2-3 MPGs less than G8. How many people will realistically buy that car?


        Would you still buy it?




          Matt
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen
          I don't recall much excitement around the CR-Z, Element, Cube or Juke. Hell, most people I know didn't like the first time they saw those cars, so I don't who was clamoring for them to be made. As for the 500, Fiat has sold 40-50,000 a year since they launched in the US which has surpassed their sales projections so how is that a sales failure? The FR-S is tricky. It doesn't help that it has a Scion badge instead of a Toyota badge and the power debate will rage on forever but the simple fact is other cars in that price range are quicker and have more power as well as that chassis can handle more power so why not?
          Larry Litmanen
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen

          Matt i don't know ho many units Fiat 500 sold but from what i read whatever they sold the expected to sell nearly 50% more. 

          Larry Litmanen
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen

          Just to point out, hey i'd love to see this car in USA. The more variety the better, i just don't think it will succeed.

          Firefly
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen

          "Last Ute was based on G8" 

          and the G8 is a rebadged Australian Holden Commodore SSV8 which is what the Ute is derived from, so your basing it on the Pontiac is off. Secondly, it's basically off the shelf GM bin parts for a lot of it so no reason it wouldn't work here cost effectively. Would still like to see it here.

      Tariff The Imports
      • 5 Months Ago

      Ugly ass Car Trucks were a flop the first time around. Why would it be any different now? 

      And compact trucks were not around then either. So that's not an excuse

      sstowes
      • 5 Months Ago

      Can't lie...I really want that wagon.

      AcidTonic
      • 5 Months Ago

      But a normally aspirated V8 in the SS we're going to get here....


      I see what they did there.

        jtav2002
        • 5 Months Ago
        @AcidTonic
        It doesn't have AWD so I doubt you would care regardless.
      cruzer
      • 5 Months Ago
      Chevy needs to make something like this for us in the USA. With this much power I mean. Now that Pontiac is gone I am missing an affordable performance sedan from GM. GM please start pumping out some performance Sonics, Cruzes, Malibus and maybe Impalas for us who are about affordable performance with 4 doors like Pontiac did. There is a hole in your lineup now that Pontiac is gone if you ask me.
      Marty Owings
      • 5 Months Ago

      Darn you GM why did you kill off Pointiac and the G8 Sport truck? I could never afford this particular UTE but I would have loved that G8 ST.

      Avinash Machado
      • 5 Months Ago

      El Camino SS.

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