HSV / Grange / sedan
WE THINK the VE Calais is Holden’s best luxury sedan, beating the WM Statesman and Caprice that sit above it in size, price and features.
But now HSV has had a go at righting the few wrongs that hold the long-wheelbase Holdens back, with the sports-performance focussed WM Grange.
To lure new-to-the-brand luxury car buyers, HSV has turned up the dynamic base and toned down the rock and roll, as well as the cabin glitz and body-kit glam.
Model release dates: May 2007 - April 2008
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THE HSV sedan flagship was the first of the last-of-the-line VT Commodore-based long-wheelbase luxury cars to receive the virtually all-new GEN-IV 6.0-litre OHV V8 from Chevrolet in America.
Married to a four-speed automatic gearbox, and costing almost $90,000, the Grange delivered its 297kW of power and 530Nm of torque smoothly in a straight line.
Cornering was another thing, however, as the 1978-era platform lacked the finesse of the big local Fords – never mind the expensive German opposition – to channel all that performance with the finesse buyers these days expect.
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