South African tuning house LupiniPower is currently putting its Holden SS Ute-based Lupini Chevrolet SuperUte through an accelerated development and testing program, and word is it’s passing with flying colours.
The standard Holden SS Ute gets 270kW and 530Nm out of its 6.0-litre V8 engine. For the SuperUte, Lupini has added a supercharger to make it more like the engine found in the Corvette ZR1. The result is a staggering 400kW of power and an almighty 785Nm of torque.
That’s an extra 130kW/255Nm – or slightly more than adding the engine from a Volkswagen Golf 118TSI to the Holden.
Acceleration times are mental too. With the six-speed automatic, the SuperUte flies from 0-100km/h in just 4.5 seconds – as quick as an Aston Martin DB9, and 1.5secs hotter than the SS Ute.
Head all the way to 200km/h and the SuperUte will be there in just over 15 seconds – a full 6.0secs faster than the Holden.
The tweaks aren’t all just under the bonnet either. Lupini has equipped the SuperUte with race specification front disc brakes and calipers, reworked the suspension, added a unique traction bar and fitted 20in alloy wheels and Bridgestone Potenza ultra high performance tyres.
Bilstein suspension and a limited-slip differential are also available as options.
Lupini says all SuperUte vehicles maintain their 3-year/100,000km warranty. Only a limited number of SuperUtes will be made to ensure they remain exclusive.
Lupini will sell the Chevrolet SuperUte for 639,900 rand ($94,200), about a $34,000 premium over the standard Chevrolet Ute SS, which sells in South Africa for 413,000 rand ($60,800).