Following its surprise debut at the Melbourne International
Motor show, HSV's Senator 300 has already found a host of buyers,
despite the fact that official production does not commence
Eager HSV enthusiasts have inundated HSV Retailers to ensure
they secure one of only 30 Senator 300s to be built - 26 of
which will be sold in Australia, 1 will become the HSV Press
car and a further 3 cars are destined for New Zealand.
On the performance front, the Senator 300 boasts a 300 kW
Callaway enhanced V8 engine, close ratio 6 speed manual gearbox
and the highly acclaimed Multi link rear suspension normally
only found on the premium performance VX GTS model. Stopping
power is provided by HSV's highly acclaimed anti lock, cross-drilled
Premium Brake system.
HSV quote acceleration times of 0-100km/h in just 5.3 seconds
and a 400 metre time of only 13.9 seconds.
The Senator 300 also manages to match absolute power with
a host of standard luxury appointments. These include a unique
combination of twin 8 way power Shale leather seats contrasted
with Pewter highlights and woodgrain instrument surround, power
windows, cruise control, 10 stack CD system, front passenger
and driver airbags, side airbags, traction control and automatic
climate controlled air conditioning.
Unique 10 spoke 18" Chrome Shadow alloy wheels complete the
An interesting and useful technical feature is the Rear Proximity
sensors. Developed in association with Bosch, the rear bumper
mounted sensors are a similar system to those fitted to the
Mercedes-Benz S Class models. An audible warning is provided
to the driver as he or she reverses toward an unseen object.
HSV National Sales and Marketing Manager, Mark Behr said "the
Senator 300 was created in response to requests from our customers.
They wanted a car that would provide amazing performance while
still retaining the luxury styling cues and features of our
premium Senator model".
Production of the Senator 300 will commence at HSV in the
months of April and May. Available colours are HSV Racing Green,
Phantom Black and Sting Red.