Holden has just announced the VFII Commodore range, where the SS models receive a 304kW 6.2-litre V8 engine. So what is HSV’s answer to this, with the Gen-F2 series?
How does a 400kW supercharged LSA V8 sound?
Like the Commodore, the 2016 HSV range have received some subtle styling updates, which include a refreshed front and rear bar and the inclusion of bonnet vents.
A really nice feature of the 2016 design update is this lower splitter which continues from the front bar, to the side skirts – visually lowering the car and giving it an even more aggressive stance.
While all models in the range, including the Senator, Grange and GTS receive mild updates, the big news is with the volume selling Clubsport R8 model.
The Clubsport R8 used to have a tuned version of the 6.2-litre LS3 V8 now found in the Commodore – but now gets the supercharged LSA power plant from its big brother, the HSV GTS.
With 400 kW – a massive 60kW more than the previous generation - and a whopping 671Nm of torque, the Gen-F2 Clubsport has also had a number of other driveline components upgraded to cope with the extra power.
Transmission, cooling and suspension components have all been tweaked – and of course the car retains a high-flow bi-modal exhaust system for just a little more impact.
We’re very much looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the Gen-F2 HSV range and certainly applaud the fact you can now buy a 400kW , RWD wagon for under $100k.