HSV is set to go supercharged across most models in its range – that is, if the latest local media reports are anything to go by.
CarAdvice brought you the news back in February this year of HSV’s plans to supercharge some models in its range because the Holden Commodore SS would feature a new 6.2-litre V8 engine (from the Chevrolet Corvette) as part of its swan-song farewell.
Now, News Ltd is reporting that the HSV Clubsport and HSV Maloo V8-powered muscle car models that are based on the Holden Commodore and Holden Ute respectively will both adopt superchargers as part of elaborate farewell models that will launch later this year ahead of production of the Commodore models ceasing in 2017.
The report claims that Holden Special Vehicles will cash in on the demand for V8-powered models ahead of Holden unleashing its own high-powered Commodore models, which are expected to have 309kW of power and 563Nm of torque.
It is reported that the HSV Clubsport and HSV Maloo models will make use of the engine that is currently fitted to the flagship HSV GTS and the limited edition GTS Maloo – a 6.2-litre supercharged engine, but in the more affordable 2016 HSV models it is expected to be capped at 400kW rather than the more outlandish 430kW/740Nm of the top-end GTS versions.
Currently, the Clubsport and Maloo models have a 6.2-litre normally aspirated V8 engine with 325kW of power and 550Nm of torque. The more grunty R8 models have 340kW/570Nm. It’s not clear yet if both the regular versions and the R8 models will have the supercharged engine.
However, it’s all rumour and speculation at this point in time.
HSV general manager of planning and marketing, Damon Paull, told CarAdvice the performance brand has nothing to say about the speculation over supercharged models.
“There’s no comment from us,” Paull said. “We don’t comment on future product.”
If there’s any truth to the rumours, we’d expect to see some further info in the coming months.
Ford is also working on its own farewell models ahead of closing its Australian manufacturing facilities in October 2016. CarAdvice recently revealed the Blue Oval brand had trademarked the Sprint name for its XR6 Turbo and XR8 supercharged V8 models which could also see a power bump.
The Sprint badge has been used in the past by Ford, most recently on the AU Falcon (the XR6 VCT Sprint) and before that the ED Falcon Sprint.