Holden Special Vehicles, better known as HSV, is set to launch the model year 2011 HSV Grange at the end of this month. With more power, improved technology, a revised exterior plus the option for LPG. HSV has been hard at work to bring about the latest iteration in the companies luxury performance flagship.
The new HSV Grange nows packs the same 325 kW 6.2-litre LS3 V8 engine that delivers 550 Nm of torque (at 4600rpm) found in the new HSV GTS. Improvements come from a new hi-flow intermediate exhaust with bi-modal rear mufflers. Although power has improved (from 317 kW) torque figure remains the same.
"The Grange buyer traditionally wants the most luxurious, and technologically advanced Australian-made performance car there is,” said HSV Managing Director Phil Harding.“Grange has always fitted that description well, but the new styling, increased power and extra technology makes WM3 a compelling proposition for a luxury car buyer that is passionate about driving.”
From the outside the Grange gain Daytime Running Lamps (the last of the HSVs to gain this) and "shockwave-inspired" exhaust tips, plus a redesigned front and rear bumper.
Moving inside the Grange gains Satellite navigation, rear reversing camera as well as HSV's Enhanced Driver Interface (EDI). EDI will incorporate the car's computer systems and deliver all sorts of performance orientated data to the driver. Once activated, the driver can find information covering G force, power & torque, accelerator and brake position, and stability control. Now you can see how many Gs you pulled going around the race track!
Perhaps HSV is going the way of the Nissan GT-R?
Additionally the Grange gains Side Blind Zone Alert, which is essentially an Australian version of Volvo's BLISS system. It will warn the driver if a car is passing through or sitting in its blind spot.
The more interesting 'option' on the Grange is the relatively expensive $5,990 option for the Liquid Propane Injection (LPI) system which HSV says reduces emissions and running costs.
Pricing is still to be determined for the WM3 variants but HSV says it will be close to the WM2 prices (currently $87,990).
Stay tuned as CarAdvice will bring you a road test and review of the HSV WM3 Grange in the coming weeks.
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