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30 Years of HSV

30 Years of HSV

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20. Z Series Maloo R8 (2004)

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The Z Series Maloo R8 saw HSV introduce another piece of performance hardware – the 6.0 litre LS2 V8 Engine. Working closely with GM powertrain engineers, along with its Holden partners, HSV adapted this brand-new engine to fit its premier performance range and adjusted it to suit local conditions.

In typical HSV fashion exterior styling also made a statement with Z Series. Importantly, there was a much clearer division between relevant models within the range. ‘Sports Performance’ continued HSV’s traditional aggressive, exuberant, in-your-face styling for the Maloo R8.

Thanks to HSV engineers the Z Series Maloo R8 once again claimed several ‘firsts’ for a local sports ute. For the first-time customers, could enjoy the benefits of 19-inch wheels and tyres, along with Traction Control and Multi-link independent rear suspension, all of which were totally exclusive to the Z Series Maloo models.

In 2006, and with Australian Touring Car and Bathurst champion Mark Skaife at the helm, the HSV crew headed to the Federal Government’s Woomera Prohibited Area in outback South Australia. Conducted in strictly controlled conditions the Z Series Maloo R8 was recorded at 265.72 km/h, and speed 2 was recorded at 277.16 km/h, setting the new world record at a blistering 271.44 km/h and awarding the Z Series Maloo R8 the title of “World’s Fastest Production Pickup/Utility”.

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KEY MOMENTS AND MODELS IN HSV’S HISTORY

1. Concept Car Innovations

2. VL Walkinshaw (1988)

3. VN SV5000 (1989)

4. VN ClubSport (1990)

5. VG Maloo (1990)

6. VN Group A SS (1990)

7. VP GTS (1992)

8. VR GTS (1994)

9. VS GTS (1995)

10. VS GTSR (1996)

11. VSII Grange (1996)

12. VT GTS (1997)

13. VTII SV99 (1999)

14. VX ClubSport R8 (2000)

15. VX GTS (2000)

16. GTS Coupé (2001)

17. VY GTS (2002)

18. GTS Coupe Series 2 (2003)

19. Coupe4 (2004)

20. Z Series Maloo R8 (2004)

21. Z Series Signature Coupé (2006)

22. E Series GTS (2006)

23. W427 (2008)

24. E Series 2 GTS (2006)

25. 20 Years of Maloo (2010)

26. E Series 3 GTS (2011)

27. 25th Anniversary GTS (2012)

28. GEN-F GTS (2013)

29. GEN-F GTS Maloo (2014)

30. GEN-F2 ClubSport R8 LSA (2015)

31. GEN-F2 ClubSport R8 Track Edition (2016)

32. HSV Founder, Tom Walkinshaw

33. HSV Builds 75,000th Vehicle

34. HSV’s Owners Clubs

35. Car Badges Over the Journey

36. HSV Moves to Clayton

38. GEN-F Launch

39. World’s Fastest Ute

40. GEN-F2 LS3 Limited Editions

41. Ambassadors through the years

42. HSV Drive Experience program

43. HSV Television Commercials

44. 25th Anniversary ClubSport R8

45. 50,000 Strong

46. Ambassador “Driven by…” Series

47. HSV builds its 40,000th vehicle

48. E Series Launch

49. GTS Maloo

50. HSV Performance Technologies

51. Cameron Smith/Barry Ford Prank

52. GEN-F2 Launch

53. HSV Police Programs

54. 1990 Bathurst Win

55. HSV’S 25th Anniversary

56. HSV VZ goes 6.0-litre standard

57. Remembering Brocky

58. Tom Walkinshaw creates HSV

59. Early Days in Notting Hill