HSV gives the beloved naturally-aspirated LS3 V8 a proper sendoff with three special edition models sporting the 340kW thumper.
HSV (Holden Special Vehicles) is giving the naturally-aspirated 6.2-litre LS3 V8 engine the send off it well deserves by launching a limited farewell version of three variants from the Clubsport R8 and Maloo R8: SV, SV Black, and Track Edition.
The Maloo R8 SV Black is the cheapest of the lot with a starting price of $62,990 (excluding on-road costs) parallels the ClubSport SV Black sedan which starts at $65,990. Both of course have the familiar 340kW V8 engine under their bonnet. A welcome return after the engine was yanked in favour of the supercharged LSA engines late last year.
Besides those base performance offerings, there is also a more hardcore ClubSport R8 Track Edition that’s priced at $68,990 and the more appointed Grange SV that tops the price tier for this swansong series at $86,990. All three (technically four models) will receive the same version of the all-alloy naturally-aspirated LS3 V8.
For both SV Black variants, they also gain some exterior bits to denote their unique engine tribute. They gain a set of 20-inch satin black wheels, LSA-inspired front end, dark chrome exhausts (bi-modal), HSV Performance suspension, upgraded four-piston AP Racing brakes with gloss black callipers, and black accents in every available nook. The ClubSport sedan also gains a satin graphite rear spoiler while Maloo SV Black gets a hard tonneau cover from HSV and sail plane.
Inside, they both have satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control, a BOSE audio system, and reversing camera.
The more expensive long-wheelbase Grange SV will be limited to just 50 units and will be available starting from September in order to mark the model’s 20th anniversary and will include all the performance and trim additions found on the ClubSport and Maloo SV Black pair but will also have magnetic ride suspension, 20-inch SV Rapier gloss black wheels, and heated Onyx leather luxury seats.
The ClubSport Track Edition crucially features a more heavily tuned version of the HSV Performance suspension, Hyperflow rear spoiler six-piston AP racing callipers in yellow, and 20-inch Blade ‘Dark Stainless’ forged alloy wheels.
The LS3 range of V8 engines will be put out to pasture since it does not meet the more stringent Euro 5 emissions regulations that will take effect in November, having been phased out toward the end of 2015. As far as we know, HSV is still due to end production of their Commodore model towards the end 2017 and isn’t turning back, leaving the high likelihood of even more special edition variants to come hard and fast.
Tim Jackson, HSV’s Managing Director, said: “Given the unique track-inspired content, the sharp pricing and the fact that these will be the last LS3 ClubSport R8’s ever built, we’re anticipating strong demand.”
"With all three limited edition models, our focus has been on building vehicles that offer outstanding levels of content, exclusivity and value. We’re confident we’ve delivered on all counts and that our fan base will be eager to capitalise on this last opportunity to buy an LS3-powered HSV, especially at these prices”, he said.