The 2016 Vauxhall Maloo LSA is proof positive that absurd power upgrades can make any vehicle better. To take things to extremes, the UK brand ditches an already potent 425-horsepower LS3 V8 in favor of a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that makes 529 hp and 495 pound-feet of torque. Vauxhall even jokes in the announcement that this beast isn't for folks that value fuel economy or low emissions; it's all about muscle.

The Maloo is originally from GM's Holden division in Australia, and that market even has an asinine (in the best way possible) 577-hp version of the car-based pickup. This UK model may not be quite that powerful, but it sill offers ample performance. The company claims the latest high-performance Maloo can get to 62 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds. To make the best use of that power, Vauxhall stiffens the suspension and includes a standard limited-slip differential. Plus, drivers can haul 1,190 pounds of stuff in the back.

The Maloo LSA shows off its ridiculous power on the road through some exterior revisions. The redesigned front bumper features a small splitter, and there are black air vents in the hood. It also rides on new 20-inch wheels. The on-the-road price for this piece of automotive madness in the UK is 54,500 pounds ($81,165 at current exchange rates).

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VAUXHALL GIVES EXTRA PICK-UP TO UK'S FASTEST PICK UP
2015-12-17

New Maloo LSA gets power-boost with VXR8 GTS-based, supercharged engine
Hilarious prospect of 0-62mph in 4.6 secs from a CV capable of hauling half a tonne
Over 100PS and 100Nm power/torque increase versus outgoing model
Design revisions and additional colours for VXR8 GTS saloon

Luton – Vauxhall only sells one pick up vehicle these days, and while our rivals will wow you with improvements in emissions and fuel economy in a CV's new model year, our offering – the new Maloo LSA – is more likely to impress with the arrival of its all-new, supercharged 6.2-litre, 536PS V8 engine.

So while it's possibly not a contender for next year's MPG Marathon, the Vauxhall Maloo LSA will haul... well, up to 540kgs from standstill to sixty in an unfeasibly short space of time, and do so with the utmost composure, despite the fact that it's classed as a commercial vehicle (business users can even claim the VAT back from its very reasonable £54,500 on-the-road price).

For 2016, the new LSA engine brings maximum power up from 431PS for the outgoing LS3 V8 to 536PS, and an increase in torque from 570Nm to 671Nm. First seen in the current VXR8 GTS launched last year, the LSA is essentially the same unit fitted to the Camaro ZL1, albeit in a slightly re-tuned form. An Eaton 4-lobe supercharger, stand-alone water-to-air charge-air cooling system and high-flow exhaust system with bi-modal exhaust function turn the Maloo into the fastest production 'ute' manufactured in Australia, and the fastest CV available in the UK.

To cater for the extra 105PS of power and 101Nm of torque compared with the outgoing Maloo, modifications have been made to the vehicle's chassis. Spring and damper rates have been stiffened to reduce body-roll and further improve turn-in, while the unique rear suspension module delivers improved rear stiffness and rear braking efficiency.

Also now standard on the Maloo LSA are Launch Control (manual models only), a limited slip differential, sat-nav, Bluetooth, Onyx Leather trim, and EDI (Enhanced Driver Interface).

In addition to more power and standard equipment, the 2016 Maloo also benefits from a raft of exterior styling upgrades. The front end features a re-designed fascia incorporating a subtle splitter, while the addition of pitch-black bonnet air vents help deliver an even more aggressive look.

The pitch-black theme is carried through to the mirror-backs and wing-vents, with a new 20-inch, five-spoke alloy wheel design completing the styling package. Two new colours – Slipstream (vibrant blue) and Some Like it Hot (metallic red) - complement the Maloo's fresh new look.

Vauxhall's VXR8 GTS, the other model in Vauxhall's V8, rear-wheel-drive range, also has some subtle changes for 2016. While power remains unchanged at 585PS, and torque at 740Nm, the five-seat, four door saloon receives new bonnet vents, bumper grilles and side sills, as well as a new centre-stack arrangement inside the cabin and two new exterior colours. On the road price for the 2016 VXR8 is £55,500 with six-speed manual transmission and £57,200 with the six-speed auto, with oil cooler.

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