Car reviews - HSV - E Series 3 - range
HSV has concentrated on the soft side of its macho E-Series in the latest facelift
22 Sep 2010
HOLDEN Special Vehicles (HSV) has given its hairy-chested E-Series range a second makeover, this time concentrating on the interior and a range of high-tech driver aids, some of which are toys to add to the fun of HSV ownership, and others, such as the optional blind spot warning system, that are pure safety gold. While power and torque of all models remains unchanged, despite a new challenge from rival Ford Performance Vehicles, the red team has struck a blow for the environment by adding an Australian-first liquid propane injection dual-fuel system that not only saves CO2 and dollars at the bowser, but holds its head high in the performance stakes against pure petrol models.
On the surface, it might not look to be a major makeover, but all added up, it is a worthy improvement that should engage HSV fans.
Model release date: 1 September 2010 to 1 May 2013
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E Series 2 rangeReleased: September 2009
Ended: September 2010
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INTRODUCED just 12 months ago, in September 2009, the E-Series 2 facelift marked the first major makeover for HSV's 'E' version of Holden's VE Commodore since its launch in 2006. Extensive exterior body changes included new daytime running lamps and fresh 19- or 20-inch wheels. The GTS gained a few more kilowatts of power, to 325kW, making the HSV perfromance flagship the most powerful current Australian-made car. Fuel consumption was cut 4.5 per cent to 13.9L/100km, thanks mainly to weight reduction measures.
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