Tony O'Kane | Sep 9, 2009

HOLDEN SPECIAL VEHICLES has officially unveiled its E-Series 2 line-up today, showcasing its first major mechanical and styling update for its VE Commodore-based range of sports sedans.

Power is up for the brand's hero GTS, equipment levels are improved across the range and styling has been revamped in a big way.

Aside from the twin-nostriled bonnet borrowed from the Pontiac G8, sheetmetal carries over unchanged. However, with radically different front and rear bumpers and a new range of wheel designs, the HSV E-Series 2 range appear to be very different beasts to the cars they succeed.

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Deeper air dams, a more pronounced 'jawline' on the front bumper, chunky detailing and bold shapes characterise the new body designs, and are a significant change from the outgoing models.

A strip of LED daytime running lights are also a key talking point of the new design, and are standard across the HSV E2 range.

"We needed a new identity that would both excite the passionate HSV buyer and equally one that could be picked out by the non car enthusiast," said HSV Chief of Design and Styling, Julian Quincey.

"This meant that our overall front and rear graphics had to be substantially changed from the original E series and ideally also look lower, wider and more sporty."

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Dubbed "Shockwave" within HSV, the E2's angular new styling direction is one that the Clayton, Victoria-based company will be building upon.

"The new theme runs across the front and rear graphics, design of the mesh, wheels and exhaust tips," said Quincey.

"The twin bonnet intakes also work well with our signature twin nostril grill and the feature lines are very dynamic with a strongly angled taper to the front of the car."

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Beneath the new bodywork lurks beefed-up powerplants and a number of new electronic drivers aids.

The new hero engine is the 325kW 6.2 litre LS3 V8 used exclusively by the HSV GTS, with the rest of the E2 range receiving an LS3 in 317kW trim.

Fuel economy is improved too. Thanks to minute engine management changes, HSV has managed to squeeze up to 4.5 percent more fuel economy from the LS3 V8.

A "Competition Mode ESC" system allows a greater amount of leeway for thrill-seeking drivers, without entirely removing the safety net provided by stability and traction control.

Intelligent launch control pegs engine rpm in the meat of the engine's torque band during hard launches - a boon for amateur drag racers.

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Cruise control has also been revised in the E2, now gaining the ability to control braking as well as acceleration.

The Competition Mode ESC and Extended Cruise Control systems are standard across the range, and Intelligent Launch Control is fitted to all manual-transmission models.

A range of optional extras will be offered in the E2 models, and will be sold under the "SV Enhanced" banner.

Options include a performance suspension for the R8, leather trim for the R8, Tourer R8 and Maloo, and a bimodal exhaust and 20-inch wheels for the entire range - excluding the GTS.

SV Enhanced options for the performance flagship GTS consists of a set of massive six-piston front calipers and larger front rotors. The bi-modal exhaust and 20-inch alloys are standard on the GTS.

Pricing begins at $62,990 for the Maloo R8, rising to $87,990 for the WM Grange. A price rise of $700 applies to the Grange and Senator, however the rest of the range carry no price increases.

2010 HSV E-Series 2 Pricing:

  • Maloo R8: $62,990
  • Clubsport R8 : $65,990
  • Clubsport R8 Tourer: $66,990
  • GTS: $80,990
  • Senator Signature: $82,990
  • WM Grange: $87,990

All prices do not include on-road costs

MODEL INFORMATION

ClubSport R8

  • All new front and rear design encompassing performance bonnet scoops and
  • ‘shockwave’ inspired theme.
  • 317kW LS3 V8 engine.
  • Competition Mode ESC
  • Extended Cruise Control
  • Launch Control (manual vehicles only).
  • Four piston front and rear brakes.
  • All new E2 Sports 19 inch wheels
  • Sports cloth seating as standard.
  • SV Enhanced options include Performance suspension, bi-modal exhaust,
  • Sports leather seats and 20 inch wheels

Retails from $65,990

Maximum Recommended Retail Price only, subject to state taxes and dealer delivery charges.

Maloo R8

  • All new front appearance encompassing performance bonnet scoops and
  • ‘shockwave’ inspired theme.
  • 317kW LS3 V8 engine.
  • Competition Mode ESC.
  • Extended Cruise Control.
  • Launch Control (manual vehicles only).
  • All new E2 Sports 19 inch wheels.
  • Sports cloth seats as standard.
  • Driver & passenger front airbags now include front, seat side & curtain side
  • airbags.
  • Addition of dual 8” subwoofers located in the rear cabin quarter trims. Audio
  • output 170W.
  • SV Enhanced options include bi-modal exhaust, Sports leather seats and 20
  • inch wheels.

Retails from $62,990

Maximum Recommended Retail Price only, subject to state taxes and dealer delivery charges.

ClubSport R8 Tourer

  • All new front appearance encompassing performance bonnet scoops and
  • ‘shockwave’ inspired theme
  • 317kW LS3 V8 engine
  • Competition Mode ESC.
  • Extended Cruise Control.
  • Launch Control (manual vehicles only).
  • Four piston front and rear brakes.
  • All new E2 Sports 19 inch wheels.
  • Sports cloth seats as standard.
  • SV Enhanced options include bi-modal exhaust, Sports leather seats and 20
  • inch wheels.

Retails from $66,990

Maximum Recommended Retail Price only, subject to state taxes and dealer delivery charges.

GTS

  • All new front and rear appearance encompassing performance bonnet scoops
  • and ‘shockwave’ inspired theme.
  • Upgraded 325kW LS3 V8 engine.
  • Hi-flow intermediate exhaust with bi-modal mufflers.
  • Competition Mode ESC.
  • Extended Cruise Control.
  • Launch Control (manual vehicles only).
  • Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) Performance suspension, stiffer and
  • recalibrated.
  • Four piston front and rear brakes. All new E2 Performance 20 inch wheels.
  • Performance leather seats.
  • SV Enhanced options include six-piston front brake callipers, finished in SV
  • Enhance yellow with black HSV insignia and four-piston rears with unique
  • wheel accenting.

Retails from $80,990

Maximum Recommended Retail Price only, subject to state taxes and dealer delivery charges.

Senator Signature

  • All new sophisticated front and rear appearance incorporating subtle
  • elements of the shockwave graphic theme.
  • 317kW LS3 V8 engine.
  • Competition Mode ESC.
  • Extended Cruise Control.
  • Launch Control (manual vehicles only).
  • Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) Premium suspension.
  • Luxury Nappa leather seats.
  • Four piston front and rear brakes
  • All new E2 Luxury 19 inch wheels.
  • SV Enhanced options include bi-modal exhaust and 20 inch wheels.
  • Retails from $82,990
  • WM Grange
  • 317kW LS3 V8 engine.
  • Competition Mode ESC.
  • Extended Cruise Control.
  • Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) Premium suspension.
  • Luxury Nappa leather seats.
  • Four piston front and rear brakes
  • All new E2 Luxury 19 inch wheels.
  • SV Enhanced options include bi-modal exhaust and 20 inch wheels

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Retails from $87,990

Maximum Recommended Retail Price only, subject to state taxes and dealer delivery charges.

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