Last month, we brought you word that Holden was planning a new performance model that promised to be the fastest and most powerful ute in the world. And here it is.
The latest product from Holden Special Vehicles – GM's Australian tuning division – the new GTS Maloo packs the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 from the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. It kicks out 577 horsepower and 546 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels through a six-speed transmission (manual or automatic), limited-slip differential and torque-vectoring system. A touch of power appears to have been lost in translation from ZL1 to HSV (probably down to different units of measure), but while the Aussies aren't saying what it'll do, HSV GTS Maloo promises blistering performance with a remote-locking pickup bed to boot.
HSV has also given the ute a retuned suspension, AP Racing brakes measuring 15.4 inches up front and 14.6 in back are packed inside 20-inch alloys. It's also introducing a new bronze-red and metallic green (pictured here) to the color catalog. Only 250 examples will be made, set to begin delivery in November. Unfortunately as with the rest of Holden's lineup, none are earmarked for North America, so you'll just have to check it out in the video footage and press release below.