2016 Vauxhall Maloo LSA Is Jolly Quick
529hp Supercharged Ute Will Haul Arse
We’ve reported on the Holden Maloo more than once here on Truck Trend, and you may even remember the brief glimmer of hope of it coming to the U.S. market in 2009 as the Pontiac G8 ST, just before General Motors’ cataclysmic bankruptcy, which also killed the 4.5L “baby” Duramax V-8 diesel. GM has already announced that manufacturing vehicles in Australia will cease by 2017; however, that doesn’t mean the party is over quite yet. Last year, we reported on the Holden GTS Maloo, a 577hp beast with a bed. It looks like the blokes over in the U.K. will get a crack at this hoot of a hauler in the form of the Vauxhall Maloo LSA.
The Vauxhall version isn’t quite as wild as its Aussie sibling on paper, with “just” 529 hp and 495 lb-ft of torque, compared to the Holden’s 577 hp and 546 lb-ft. However, the amount of power it is endowed with is enough to scoot it from 0-62 mph in just 4.6 seconds. Even with this level of performance, it still retains a 1,190-pound payload. To help cope with the extra power, the LSA gets stiffer springs and shocks, launch control on the manual-transmission models, and a limited-slip differential. Ironically, the Maloo LSA is classified as a commercial vehicle in the U.K., making it eligible for a VAT tax rebate. Priced from £54,500 (equivalent to 81,200 U.S. dollars), the Maloo LSA is hardly cheap. However, considering the Corvette sells for the equivalent of $93,000 in the U.K., the Maloo offers plenty of bang for the buck, with a dash of utility thrown in as a bonus.