HSV ClubSport R8 Tourer: Practical Performance
Motoring Channel Staff - 3/September/2008
HSV ClubSport R8 Tourer
Powered by a 6.2-litre engine that pumps out
317kW of power, the R8 Tourer is no shuttle bus
For $2,500 you can upgrade to 20-inch wheels
The interior of the HSV ClubSport R8 Tourer
Melbourne, Australia —
The Europeans have been building red hot performance wagons for
decades, and now Holden Special Vehicles has jumped on the band
wagon, so to speak.
HSV has launched it's all-new ClubSport R8 Tourer, which is on sale now and has been priced $1000 more than the equivalent ClubSport R8 sedan at $65,990. Full pricing is as follows:
HSV ClubSport R8 Tourer: $65,990
Automatic Transmission: $2,330
Full Leather Seats: $2,490
20-inch Tyres/Wheels: $2,500
new HSV R8 Tourer is the first home-grown high performance wagon
we've seen in Australia in at least five years, and is based on Holden's Sportwagon model.
In 2003 HSV developed the Avalanche, based on the AWD Adventra model, which was met with mild enthusiasm.
There was also a limited number of VT Senator Signature Estates built in 1997, just 27 units,
and HSV has said that around 120 ClubSport R8 Tourers will be built in
2008, which should keep the new model relatively exclusive.
on large 19-inch alloy and surrounded by Holden Special
Vehicle's aerodynamic body kit, which includes new front and rear
aprons, side skirts, grille treatment and other upgrades, it's one hot
Unlike its sedan siblings however, the brake lights are not LEDs.
the rest of the Commodore-based HSV range, the R8 Tourer has an
almighty wallop thanks to its American-sourced LS3 V8 engine.
6.2-litre engine outputs 317 kilowatts of power (425hp), making it one
of the most powerful V8 wagons in Australia. The performance figures
are as follows:
Power: 317kW @ 6000rpm
Torque: 550NM @ 4600 rpm
The R8 Tourer will come standard with a 6-speed manual transmissions from Tremec, while GM's 6-speed 6L80 E automatic is optional.
Holden tuning group has not released benchmark sprint figures, but it
is expected to be about a tenth of a second slower to 100km/h than the
ClubSport wagon, which is quoted at 4.96 seconds.
Things like stability control (ESP) are standard, as are as the large AP racing brake calipers that are fitted to massive 365mm front and 350mm rear cross drilled and grooved rotors.
the beefed-up 6.2-litre V8 engine with upgraded suspension and brakes,
the R8 Tourer is expected to be a very sharp drive, one that customers
driving just as much as the HSV sedan
range, saysHSV's Chief Engineer, Joel Stoddart.
"We've built on our knowledge gained since the launch of
the E-Series range in August 2006 - particularly in chassis development
and tuning - coupled with the all new LS3 engine, to produce one of our
best ever products," said Stoddart.
Riding on large 19-inch alloy wheels with chunky 8-inch front and 9.5-inch rears tyres, the go-fast wagon is set up to deliver high levels of grip: "The ClubSport Tourer R8 is a versatile and extremely responsive package," added Stoddart.
well as it's tuned V8 engine, modified chassis and upgraded body kit,
the HSV R8 Tourer much of the practicality of a traditional wagon
or estate model.
The large boot has 895 litres of cargo
space and features the Holden Sportwagon's space efficient tailgate
mechanism. The cabin meanwhile will be the same as the ClubSport R8
Darren Bowler, HSV's General Manager of Sales, said "We
were very impressed with the Sportswagon product our colleagues at
Holden have released and believe the ClubSport R8 Tourer takes the
concept to the next level.
"The Tourer is powered by the high
performance LS3 engine producing 317kW of power and 550Nm of torque,
making this one of the most powerful wagons produced anywhere in the
world," explained Bowler, taking a pot shot at the German estates.
Tourer also has impressive handling and ride characteristics and HSV's
enormous brakes and safety package - we expect this product to appeal
to a range of customers, including families who will enjoy the
versatility this HSV brings to the garage," concluded Mr Bowler.
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