Holden Special Vehicles has today launched its latest addition to the flagship performance VE range with the new ClubSport R8 Tourer.
Peculiarly however, it seems for the moment this is as far as the touring line-up will progress, with no official mention of a Senator based model as previously speculated.
The R8 Tourer will be equipped to the same level as its sedan counterpart, including the LS3 V8 engine producing 317kW and 550Nm which was recently introduced into the HSV range.
This is the first HSV wagon built since the all wheel drive Avalanche was released in 2003, although it seems the decision to create a sports touring model based on the VE may have been decided at the last minute.
“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,” HSV’s General Manager of Sales, Darren Bowler.
This could perhaps explain the lack of unique HSV treatment at the rear end, which remains identical to the Sportwagon aside from a few badges – mimicking an earlier artists impression released by CarAdvice.
HSV plans to build 120 examples of the ClubSport R8 Tourers for the Australian market in 2008.
“The 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.” HSV’s Chief Engineer Joel Stoddart.
As previously reported here on CarAdvice, the Tourer will carry a $1000 premium over its sedan counterpart – priced from $65,990.
Buyers can opt for an automatic transmission for an additional $2330, full leather seats for $2490 and a 20-inch wheel and tyre package for $2500.