Holden Releases The World’s Most Powerful Ute

Australian performance operation announces it will build the world’s most powerful ute. – 6.2-litre supercharged V8 the most powerful engine in a two-door ute globally – 430kW and 740Nm from “LSA” engine
04 Oct 2014 17:30
Holden Releases The World’s Most Powerful Ute

Australian performance operation announces it will build the world’s most powerful ute.

– 6.2-litre supercharged V8 the most powerful engine in a two-door ute globally

– 430kW and 740Nm from “LSA” engine

– Torque vectoring differential for better traction and handling

Some might consider it the ultimate utility, others merely an exercise in futility.

Either way, Holden has confirmed it will build the world’s fastest production ute from later this year: the GTS Maloo.

The car maker’s Holden Special Vehicle performance division will release just 250 examples of the hay hauler from November, in what industry experts believe will be one of the most sought-after collector cars of the modern era. Drive understands that every one of the GTS Maloos allocated to HSV’s network of almost 60 dealers have been accounted for by eager customers, at a purchase price of between $85,000 and $90,000.

Fitted with the same 6.2-litre supercharged V8 as the HSV GTS sedan, the GTS Maloo produces an astonishing 430kW of power and 740Nm of torque – outputs which are set to help it reach 100km/h from rest in about 4.5 seconds. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. The GTS Maloo inherits the latest performance technology from HSV, including a bi-modal exhaust offering adjustable volumes and torque vectoring technology claimed to be a world-first in a utility.

“Torque Vectoring helps reduce understeer by generating a ‘rotational moment’ in the rear axle when the vehicle is under power,” the company says.

“The vehicle’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system detects the understeer event, applies braking to the inside rear wheel and transfers torque to the outside rear wheel.”

To manage the extra workload, the GTS Maloo gets extra engine and transmission cooling and a high-strength differential and tailshaft.

Pulling up the circa-1875kg GTS is a powerful set of AP radical six-piston brake callipers with 390mm front and 371mm rear two-piece rotors – similar to those found on a V8 Supercar.

Depsite its prodigious power, the Maloo will be barely capable of towing more than a Toyota Corolla can, with its maximum braked towing capacity rated at 1600kg (versus 1300kg) and a payload capacity of 400kg.

For this reason, HSV believes the brute ute will appeal more to enthusiasts rather than load-carrying tradesman.

“The traction of this vehicle even in speculation probably goes beyond the typical trade market,” HSV marketing manager Damon Paull said.

“A lot of people will probably see this as the ultimate two-door sports car with some load-carrying capability.”

Inside the cabin, the GTS features HSV’s driver preference dial which facilitates adjustment of the vehicle’s stability control, traction control, launch control (manual only), torque vectoring, electric power steering and bi-modal exhaust. Each variable can be adjusted to three distinct pre-set modes: Touring, Sport and Performance.

Unlike the GTS sedan, the GTS Maloo misses out on Magnetic Ride Control due to its need to carry weight.

The GTS Maloo gets an extensive suite of safety technology, such as head-up display, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and rain sensing wipers.

The release of the GTS Maloo ute follows extensive in-house development at HSV.

“We have been working on this project for a couple of years now,” HSV managing director Tim Jackson said.

“There are a number of unique elements required to integrate the LSA into the Maloo platform, and significant time in getting all the safety and performance technologies to operate effectively. “Every time we launch a vehicle is an exciting time, but we believe the GTS Maloo is something special and sets a new benchmark in the performance market.”

The GTS Maloo gets unique styling to differentiate it from other models in the HSV Gen F range, most notably the front bumper and grille, designed to feed more air to the big supercharged V8 (as with the regular GTS).

Paull said the HSV had received massive enquiries ahead of Friday’s official confirmation of the GTS Maloo.

“I would think there would be some available but certainly they’d be in hot demand. In terms of the allocation process, the utes have been spread out among almost 60 dealers across Australia and New Zealand.”

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