While the former Pontiac G8 was essentially a rebadged Holden Commodore, the car’s high-performance variant, the 415-horsepower G8 GXP, was closer to the HSVs of its time, and the same could be true for high-performance variants of the new Chevy SS. So what does the latest update to the HSV lineup of vehicles include?
The big news is the return of entry-level models, the ClubSport sedan and Maloo ute. They bring prices down to $64,990 Aussie dollars (approximately $68,395) and $58,990 (approximately $62,070), respectively. These entry-level models come with a 6.2-liter V-8 rated at 425 horsepower and are available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.
They also come in R8 performance flavor, which ups power to 435 horsepower and adds special 20-inch forged alloy wheels and leather trim. The R8 trim also gets a substantial list of standard features including an enhanced driver interface, adjustable suspension, electronic stability control, satellite navigation, rear parking sensors and a backup camera.
Other models in the latest HSV line include a ClubSport R8 Tourer sports wagon, as well as the luxury-oriented Senator Signature and long-wheelbase Grange, the latter of which is based on the Holden Caprice sedan that is also doing duty here in the U.S. as the Chevrolet Caprice PPV police cruiser. These luxury variants also get the full 435 horsepower output as well as a blind zone alert feature.
Production of the 2012 HSV lineup commences on August 13.