HSV has unleashed its limited edition GTS Maloo, packing the same punch as the Gen-F GTS sedan on which is it based.
With just 250 units to be built (240 for Australia and 10 for New Zealand), the GTS Maloo adopts the much acclaimed 430kW/740Nm 6.2-litre supercharged LSA engine, as well as many of the GTS’s safety and performance technologies.
“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,” explained HSV Managing Director, Tim Jackson.
“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,” he continued.
Complementing the LSA powertrain will be HSV’s premium braking package – lightweight AP radical forged 6-piston brake calipers with 390mm (front) and 372mm (rear) 2-piece rotors.
In addition, and what is believed to be a global first for a utility, the GTS Maloo will be fitted with Torque Vectoring. Currently only fitted to a few exclusive global marques and HSV’s GEN-F GTS, Torque Vectoring helps reduce understeer by generating a “rotational moment” in the rear axle when the vehicle is under power. 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.
The monstrous engine is paired with either a TR6060 (MG9 spec) 6-speed manual transmission with oil cooler and twin plate clutch, or an optional 6L90E 6-speed heavy duty automatic transmission with oil cooler.
The GTS Maloo is set apart from its lesser sibling through the adoption of the GTS’s front fascia that delivers both an aggressive stance and an extensive air-intake surface area required for engine cooling. There is also unique side skirts, twin-hump hard tonneau, performance sail-plane and a set of lightweight 20” “Blade” forged alloy wheels finished in a new “Dark Stainless” colour. The four exhaust tips at the back are presented in shadow-chrome, while a unique number plate surround paintout and “LSA” and “GTS” badges on the tailgate complete the makeover.
Inside, the HSV performance seats are wrapped in Onyx leather trim, or the optional “Red Hot” leather. HSV’s Driver Preference Dial makes an appearance in the GTS Maloo. It facilitates the adjustment of the vehicle’s ESC, Traction Control, Launch Control (manual transmission), Torque Vectoring, Electric Power Steering and new electric Bi-Modal Exhaust according to three distinct pre-set modes – Touring, Sport and Performance.
The hi-po Ute also gets Head-Up Display, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Rain Sensing Wipers.
The HSV GTS Maloo is available to order now, priced from around $85,000, for delivery in late November.