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430kW HSV GTS Maloo on the way, fastest ute ever

HSV is rumoured to be plotting a hot new GTS version of the Maloo, which could make it the world’s fastest and most powerful production sedan-based ute ever made.

Gen-F HSV Maloo R8

While Ford is enjoying the success of its last-ever FPV model, the GT F, HSV is apparently looking to spice up its range by launching a 430kW, LSA-equipped version of the HSV Maloo.

Like the Maloo and Maloo R8, both automatic and manual transmissions are set to be on offer. HSV is proud of the fact that it still offers a manual, despite market trends which are steering more towards autos and CVTs.

As for the styling and other highlights, the HSV GTS Maloo is likely to feature a similar bodykit and wheels as the GTS sedan, with high-performance AP Racing brakes, magnetic ride control suspension, and a unique set of gauges and badges.

With a lighter weight tray rear end, it will be interesting to see how 430kW will translate into forward thrust and traction. In saying that, all Gen-F HSV models do provide exceptional grip for the amount of power they generate.

Prices are expected to kick off at around $80,000-$85,000, keeping in mind the flagship Maloo R8 (shown above) currently kicks off from $70,490 (auto).

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

  • It will be interesting to see how it handles that power through the corners.

  • Concerned Economist

    Just incredible stuff – that HSV would be investing in the ute like this. I wonder what the upgrade cost them to the hardware? How can they amortise this over 2 years? Just a hero car for marketing to go out on a big bang. That’s all good if true. NOW, I’m REALLY wondering about the 8-speed tranny from the states. That’s how they could make this car complete – not to mention sticking it in the GTS sedan. The GTS just about had the measure of the AMG in a test review not long ago (Wheels?). Just imagine the result with the 8-speed. I can imagine GTS getting 0-100kph in 4.0 to 4.2secs all day long. Maybe sub-4’s on a great day? The overtaking times would obliterate almost everything, even the venerable FPV F6 and Porsches. I’ve been waiting ’til early 2017 to get the very last and I can tell you, if they put the 8 speed in and boost the power to 450 or a bit more then they will have a REAL legend to go out on. Bring on VF Series II ?!