HSV retires LS3 with loaded limited editions

HSV retires LS3 with loaded limited editions

ClubSport-R8-SV-Black-Front-3-4-688x460Limited Edition HSVs have a tendency to leave two great big smoking lines out of dealer showrooms – and, for the really rare ones, a few examples of well-honed circlework in the carpark.

There’s actually a valid scientific reason for it, something to do with the resonant frequency of an HSV cabin and the soundwaves that are bellowed by LS3 V8s in their natural habitat.

HSV’s regional manager for New Zealand, Andrew Lamb, reckons the limited edition ‘last run’ of 340kW HSVs allocated to dealers here will get the brand faithful excited – especially as the Kiwi-sold cars will be individually numbered.

Be warned though, if you’re in the market for a rare, fast and final model with the hard-charging engine that hasn’t been available in the Maloo R8 ute or ClubSport R8 since the standard model launch last year, they’re already being snapped up.

The limited run SV Black range that was first offered in 2011 was a swift sell out, and the LS3 allocation sees New Zealand getting only 20 SV Blacks – two Maloo R8 SV Black utes and 18 ClubSport R8 SV Black sedans in a mix of auto and manual,

“We’ve never been able to sell those models in standard spec at that pricing,” says Lamb, “let alone specced like this. It’s pretty sharp – especially with all of the extras that have been added to celebrate the LS3’s last models.

“They’ve all been snapped up by dealers – everyone says they’ve got customers who want the last car, or even the last numbered one…that’ll be a tough one to secure”

The SV Black styling pack is based off the current R8 LSA-engined supercharged models, and then adds satin black 20-inch rims, black AP Racing four-pot forged calipers, black-out door surrounds, badges, door accents, shadow chrome exhaust tips on top.

The interior treatment is along a similar line – aping the R8 LSA’s cabin but with leather-clad seats, as well as limited edition ID plates and special production sill plates.

Production kicks off in June, with the ClubSport R8 SV Black pricing locked at $81,490 and and each of the two looney Maloo R8 SV Blacks just $78,990.

The HSV production line will fire up in toybox mode again in September for two final limited models starting with the Grange SV – which won’t be sold in New Zealand although may be obtainable by special order.

And then there’s ClubSport R8 Track Edition, which, by name and nature alone is likely to be snapped up very quickly by motorsport enthusiasts.

Like the already-stroppy R8 SV Black, the race-inspired model is based on the LSA-toting version, but adds 20-inch Blade forged alloy wheels – and these get filled up with monster yellow AP Racing forged six-pot calipers, previously footwear only available on the flagship HSV GTS.

The performance suspension upgrades already on the ClubSport R8 LSA get further tweaked with spring and damper rate stiffness increases that reduce any trace of body roll that hasn’t already been tuned out of it, as well as allowing higher turn-in pace and an increase in cornering speed. A Hyperflow Performance spoiler adds to the bling and a very stylish suede racing steering wheel finishes the package off. Numbered ID plates reflect the fact that only 150 ClubSport R8 Track Edition models will be built. The special model is noted on plates on the door sills, and the start-up display show how many New Zealand dealers had managed to secure, and how close to lucky last  the owner’s car is.

Andrew Lamb reckons you’ll need to be having a very lucky day if you’re among the many who’ve already expressed interest in the $86,490 R8 Track Edition.

“There’s only six,” he told Autotalk “there’s going to be enough competition to get the R8 SV Black and there’s 20 of them. But the Track Edition already seems to be a collector target – so good luck.”

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