HSV has today announced that it will build three limited edition models in 2016 – the very last vehicles ever to feature HSV’s 340kW, 6.2 Litre LS3 V8 power-plant.
HSV has not featured its LS3 engine in either of its ClubSport or Maloo models since the release of its MY16 range last October, but its re-introduction will see HSV expand its performance car range even further with limited edition models that offer performance enthusiasts unrivalled value and a “final buy” opportunity.
The first limited edition model to be offered will be “SV Black”, to be available in both ClubSport R8 and Maloo R8 guise.
HSV first offered a limited edition SV Black range back in 2011, and this new model is sure to emulate that success.
Styling is based off the current supercharged ClubSport R8 LSA and Maloo R8 LSA models with unique SV Black features including Satin Black 20” alloy wheels, black AP Racing forged 4-piston brake calipers, black door surrounds and lower door accenting, shadow-chrome exhaust tips and distinctive black badging.
The interior, too, mirrors the supercharged models but with leather-clad sports bucket seats and unique sill and I.D. plates.
With production due to commence in June, Recommended Retail Prices have been set at just $NZ81,490 for the ClubSport R8 SV Black manual and $NZ78,990 for the Maloo R8 SV Black automatic. And, with build for the New Zealand market restricted to just 18 ClubSport R8 SV Black’s and 2 Maloo R8 SV Black’s, demand is sure to be strong.
“These SV Black models represent the very essence of HSV - great value performance cars. They will, quite simply, be the best value limited editions we’ve ever offered”, said HSV’s Managing Director, Tim Jackson.
Two further and final LS3 limited edition models will follow in September with the launch of both “Grange SV” and the race-inspired ClubSport R8 “Track Edition”.
Grange has long been the ultimate performance limousine and HSV will be building just 50 limited edition Grange SV’s for the Australian market, as a final tribute to the nameplate that will cease production at the end of October.
Building on its already impressive list of standard features including its 340kW, LS3 V8 engine, Luxury seats in Onyx leather trim, Magnetic Ride Control suspension and a raft of driver-focused technologies, Grange SV will also feature 20” SV Rapier Gloss Black forged alloy wheels with black AP Racing forged 4-piston brake calipers, shadow-chrome exhaust tips plus distinctive black accenting on the grille surround, driving light bezels, fender vents, mirror scalps, lower air in-take surround, boot-lid applique’, door mouldings and badges. With unique I.D. and sill plates, and each vehicle individually numbered, the vehicle’s exclusivity is assured.
“For almost 20 years, Grange has stood proudly as the long-wheel-base flagship of the HSV range; built to order for a very exclusive customer base. It is a fitting tribute that the last 50 Grange’s ever to be built will carry the exclusive “SV” moniker”, Jackson said.
And finally, the last of HSV’s “LS3” limited edition models, the ClubSport R8 Track Edition, is sure to inspire true motor-sport enthusiasts.
As with the ClubSport R8 SV Black, styling of the ClubSport R8 Track Edition will be based off its supercharged counter-part but with limited edition content including 20” “Blade” forged alloy wheels and yellow AP Racing forged 6-piston brake calipers, both, until now, the sole domain of HSV’s iconic GTS.
The vehicle’s track credentials are further enhanced with upgrades to its performance suspension. Spring and damper rates have been stiffened to reduce body-roll and further improve corner-entry response, while a Hyperflow Performance spoiler and suede-covered sports profile steering wheel further accentuate its track bias.
The 2016 HSV Clubsport R8 is powered by an LSA engine. Photo / Colin Smith
Unique branding on the I.D. plate and the sill plates add to the exclusivity.
With Recommended Retail Pricing for the ClubSport R8 Track Edition to start from just $NZ86,490, and with production to be limited to only 150 vehicles for Australia and 6 for the New Zealand market, the Company expects all vehicles to be snapped up well in advance of their build.
“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”, Jackson said.
"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.
The LS3 V8 engine was first introduced to the HSV range with the E Series in 2008.