Holden Special Vehicles has just confirmed that it will be launching two limited edition models in 2010, based on the US-market Pontiac G8 GXP programme.
The HSV ClubSport GXP sedan and HSV Maloo GXP ute will enter the Holden Special Vehicles line-up as limited edition entry-level models, with customer deliveries due to begin early next year.
According to HSV Managing Director Phil Harding the HSV ClubSport GXP and HSV Maloo GXP represent an outstanding opportunity for HSV to complement its existing lineup with a limited edition entry level vehicle.
“We receive lots of enquiries about introducing a model to sit as an entry level to our brand and the GXP program provides us this opportunity,” Mr Harding said.
“I have always said that in order for a car to wear the HSV badge it needs to satisfy three criteria – Performance, Handling and Design. Clearly these cars tick all three boxes.”
Specific in-depth technical details haven’t been revealed, but HSV has released some info.
The ClubSport GXP and Maloo GXP will be powered by HSV’s 6.2 litre LS3 V8, offering the same 317kW of power and 550Nm of torque as the ‘regular’ ClubSport.
Suspension for the ClubSport GXP will be unique to the GXP package, while the Maloo GXP is offered with a unique HSV suspension tune.
A unique Brembo package will handle braking duties.
The latest E Series 2 styling touches will feature up front, with E2 daylight running lights, front bumper and Pontiac-style vented bonnet.
Inside, both models will feature the ClubSport R8 interior with sports cloth seats.
The ClubSport GXP will come with a recommended retail price of $NZD76,990 for the manual, and the Maloo GXP has a recommended retail price of $NZD68,590 manual. Auto variants attract a $1200 premium.
HSV will build 400 ClubSport GXPs and 350 Maloo GXPs, with the first cars expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2010.