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UK-spec HSV Maloo LSA making Goodwood debut this year

GM has confirmed the 2016 Vauxhall VXR Maloo LSA (HSV) will make its Goodwood Festival of Speed debut later this year.

Vauxhall Maloo LSA

In what is a very limited edition production run for the UK market, GM’s UK subsidiary Vauxhall is importing just 100 units of our latest LSA-equipped Maloo, with prices starting at $108,000. The price isn’t frightening any buyers though; Vauxhall says that 50 units have already been snapped up.

Updates to the 2016 Maloo for the overseas market include several design tweaks, air vents in the bonnet, and a redesigned splitter. There’s also leather trim, sat-nav, dual-zone climate control and a multi-function steering wheel all as standard.

More significant however are the changes to the Maloo’s powertrain, with an 82kW increase from the 6.2-litre LSA supercharged V8. The previous UK-version Maloo produced 317kW and 570Nm. Now though, thanks to the Camaro ZL1’s 6.2-litre LSA unit, the Maloo packs a 420kW punch, with 671Nm worth of push. This translates to a 0-100km/h sprint in 4.3 seconds. This sits in between the Australian HSV Maloo R8 LSA (400kW) and the GTS Maloo ute edition (430kW).

GM hopes the increase in power, combined with a revised suspension system and tweaks to the chassis, will translate to a 55-second hill climb time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The event runs from June 23-26.

Vauxhall Maloo LSA-interior

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.