Ever felt like your work ute needed a little more oomph? 430kW sound about right?
Well, HSV now has your steed, with the tuning house today confirming that it will bring out a GTS version of its Maloo ute.
Scheduled to begin production in early November with an on-sale date in the second half of that month, the HSV GTS Maloo will wear a sub-$90,000 pricetag and be powered by the same supercharged 6.2 litre LSA V8 as its sedan brother.
And not only will it be the most affordable way to access that powertrain (the HSV GTS retails for $96,990), but with 430kW and 740Nm the GTS Maloo will easily be the most powerful ute ever sold from a showroom.
But here's the catch: there's only ever going to be 250 of them. 240 for Australia, 10 for our friends in New Zealand.
Unlike the GTS sedan, which isn't being built in limited numbers and is currently HSV's most popular product, the GTS Maloo will be a collectors item.
So what will those 250 lucky owners get?
The GTS Maloo's 6.2 litre supercharged LSA engine is identical to the GTS sedan's. Same bi-modal exhaust, same variable inlet piping, same boost pressure.
The result is - you guessed it - the same 430kW at 6000rpm and 740Nm at 4200rpm.
While HSV aren't publishing any performance figures, expect the GTS Maloo to equal the sedan's unofficial 0-100km/h time of 4.4 seconds.
Between the LSA V8 and the rear axle will be your choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.
The GTS Maloo will also feature the sedan's trick torque-vectoring rear end and unique suspension, which helps aid turn-in when under power.
What the GTS Maloo doesn't get, however, is the GTS sedan's Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension.
Thanks to the Maloo's requirement to carry weight in its tub, adapting the MRC dampers to it was deemed to be too costly and a potential engineering headache. Instead, conventional dampers with unique valving are used.
Like all other Gen-F models, the GTS Maloo features electric power steering.
The brake package is the same formidable hardware as used by the GTS sedan, with 390x36mm cross-drilled front rotors squeezed by six-piston forged AP Racing calipers, and 372x28mm cross-drilled rotors and four-piston calipers.
Besides the absence of rear seats, a numbered build plate and only six speakers for the Bose premium audio system, the interior is very similar to the GTS sedan.
Well-bolstered and powered seats, a heads-up display, Holden's MyLink infotainment system, HSV's EDI performance telemetry system, satellite navigation, a reversing camera - they're all there as standard.
Safety features found on the rest of the HSV Gen-F range like parking assist, lane departure warning, blind spot assist, front and rear parking sensors, and six airbags are also standard.
External changes include the application of the GTS sedan's unique front bumper and a blacked-out numberplate recess on the tailgate, while the tonneau cover and side skirts are the same as the Maloo R8.
The 20-inch alloy wheels are the same as the GTS, albeit painted in a new shadow chrome finish rather than gloss black. The quad tailpipes are also finished in shadow chrome.
Pricing and Availability
HSV will start building the GTS Maloo in early November with the first deliveries expected to happen later that month.
Pricing has yet to be finalised, but HSV has indicated to us that it will likely be priced within the $85k-$90k range, with the auto most likely attracting a $2500 premium.
We'll update as soon as pricing is confirmed.