The venerable HSV Clubsport has come a long way. Launching in 1990 with the VN Commodore, the first examples derived 180kW and 400Nm from Holden’s 5.0 litre V8.
Holden Special Vehicles has turned to that special R8 variant to celebrate the ClubSport badge’s 25th anniversary, announcing a new limited-edition special this week.
Restricted to 100 units for Australia and just eight for those across the pond in New Zealand, the ClubSport 25th Anniversary model picks up a number of styling extras and unique commemorative branding.
Features already standard with the ClubSport R8 include four-piston AP Racing forged brake callipers, HSV Performance seats in Onyx leather trim, the on-screen Enhanced Driver Interface (EDI) and a Driver Preference control dial.
For its 25th birthday, the R8 adds lightweight 20-inch SV Rapier forged alloy wheels in a gloss black finish, a Hyperflow Performance spoiler, and a blacked-out finish to the fender vents, mirror caps and badges. There’s also a shadow-chrome finish to the quad exhaust outlets.
Setting the new special a little further apart from the pack is a trio of commemorative identifiers, including ‘25th Anniversary’ sill plates, an ID build plate and a customised start-up screen for the dash display. Each vehicle is, of course, individually numbered.
The 25th Anniversary R8 will be available with either a TR6060 Tremec six-speed manual or the optional 6L80E six-speed auto, which also features Active Select and paddle shifters.
Four colours will be offered: Heron white, Phantom black, Sting red and Nitrate silver.
Pricing is unchanged from the ClubSport R8’s regular sticker price of $73,290 plus on-road costs.
“Along with GTS, ClubSport has been one of the mainstays of the HSV line-up through its proud history”, said HSV managing director Tim Jackson. “We’re sure the added value offered with the 25th Anniversary ClubSport R8 will be well received by our fans.”