HSV GTS Maloo revealed
HSV has revealed its GTS Maloo which might end up being the world’s fastest ute with 430kW and 740Nm. It arrives in dealerships in November.
HOLDEN SPECIAL VEHICLES today announced the release of its most powerful Maloo ute yet -the GTS Maloo. Production of the limited edition ((240 for Australia and 10 for New Zealand)) GTS Maloo begins in November with vehicle deliveries expected to begin later that month.
Following the launch of the GEN-F GTS 12 months ago, the HSW GTS Maloo makes use of the same 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine which thumps out 430kW and 740Nm of torque. The GTS Maloo will be available with either a six-speed manual transmission and twin-plate clutch, or a cost-optional six-speed heavy-duty automatic transmission.
The GTS Maloo also gets, thankfully, many of the same safety features of its sedan sibling. That includes Torque Vectoring, which HSV claims is a first for this segment. Torque Vectoring works to reduce understeer (when a vehicle pushes nose-first through a corner) by getting the Electronic Stability Control involved which applies brakes to the inside rear wheel and torque to the outside rear wheel in an attempt to pull the car back into the corner.
HSV Managing Director Tim Jackson said: “We have been working on this project for a couple of years now. 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” Jackson said.
Like the GTS sedan, the GTS Maloo cops an aggressive-looking front-end, so, aggressive looking that if one steamed up behind you you’d stop and get out and check your car’s rear bumper for bite marks. To coincide with the release of the GTS Maloo, HSV is releasing two new colours: Some Like It Hot (nope, doesn’t make sense to me either) which is a bronze colour and Jungle Green which is, well, the colour of the jungle.
Inside, the GTS Maloo gets leather seats, head-up display, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and rain-sensing wipers and much more. The GTS Maloo also gets HSV’s Driver Preference Dial which allows adjustment of the vehicle’s ESC, Traction Control, Launch Control (in manual transmission cars), Torque Vectoring, Electric Power Steering and new electric Bi-Modal Exhaust according to three distinct pre-set modes – Touring, Sport and Performance.