Holden Planning on Building 560-hp Maloo Super-Ute
Most Powerful Production Ute to Send Aussie-Built Model Out with Bang
The curtain is about to fall on Australian domestic auto manufacturing for good, first with Ford announcing its plans to cease manufacturing down under by 2016 and General Motors and Toyota following suit with announcements to close manufacturing operations in the country by 2017. Although the Holden brand may live on in Australia, Aussie-built models will end with the closing of the Elizabeth plant in South Australia. However, the home-built models will go out with a major bang, according to Australian auto news outlet Carsguide. The site is reporting that Holden Specialty Vehicles (HSV) will build an LSA-powered Maloo ute model that will undoubtedly be the fastest production ute ever built.
It is believed that many of the mechanical pieces for the HSV GTS Maloo are to be derived from the GTS version of the Commodore sedan, including its engine, transmission cooler, and heavy-duty rear differential. The very-limited-edition model, of which only 150 are expected to be produced, will be offered with the option of either a manual or automatic transmission, the latter getting wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The top speed is expected to be electronically limited to 155 mph, although the vehicle is expected to be capable of a higher speed.
The HSV GTS Maloo is expected to be priced at around $78,800 U.S. No solid on-sale date was announced in the report.