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Holden Special Vehicles launches the most potent ute ever made in Australia

HSV logo24 Oct 2007

JUST weeks after Holden introduced its new VE Ute, Holden Special Vehicles has its own Maloo R8 version on the road, priced from $59,990. That’s about $1900 less than the outgoing model, but the more expensive six-speed sequential auto means you now pay an extra $2000 for that whereas it was previously free. Being based on a Holden that is priced from $31K, it is not the most refined vehicle in the world, with questionable handling and a lack of interior finesse, while visibility is terrible. Still, with a great ride and comfortable seats as well as some highly appealing features, the new Maloo R8 – there is no ‘base’ version available, for now at least – represents plenty of bang and visual impact for your buck.
Model release date: 1 October 2007 to 1 April 2008

Previous model

HSV Z-Series Maloo

Released: October 2004
Ended: December 2006
Family Tree: Maloo

HOLDEN Special Vehicles introduced the Z-Series Maloo in October 2004. Fitted with a 6.0-litre engine for the first time, it produced 297kW and 530Nm, driving through a choice of six-speed manual gearbox or a no-cost optional four-speed auto. There were two model variants – a regular Maloo and the Maloo R8, which cost almost $7000 more. The last Z-Series Maloo rolled off HSV’s Clayton production line in December 2006.

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