HSV Launches Supercharged Maloo R8 LSA

Published: 22 September 2015
HSV GEN-F2 Maloo R8.
HSV Launches Supercharged Maloo R8 LSA

Pictured: HSV GEN-F2 Maloo R8.

As part of the launch of its new GEN-F2 range, Australia’s leading performance car manufacturer, HSV, today released full details of its new Maloo R8 LSA.

Australia’s favourite high-performance ute will now feature HSV’s 6.2 litre Supercharged LSA V8 power-plant together with a host of exterior styling enhancements.

The LSA engine, first fitted to an HSV with the introduction of the GEN-F GTS in 2013, features a raft of key componentry including:

• Eaton 4 lobe rotors, 9psi boost, 1.9 litres of air per revolution
• Stand-alone water-to-air, charge-air cooling system
• Stand-alone transmission and differential cooling systems
• Water-to-oil, engine-oil cooling system
• Hi-flow exhaust system with cross-pipe intermediate and Bi-Modal mufflers
• Hi-flow exhaust manifold and catalytic converters
• Unique rear suspension module with 9.9“ differential plus upgraded drive and prop shafts
• TR6060 (MG9 spec) 6-speed manual transmission with oil cooler and twin plate clutch
• Optional 6L90E 6-speed heavy duty automatic transmission with oil cooler

Power and torque have been confirmed at 400kW and 671Nm, up, significantly, from the previous LS3 engine outputs of 340kW and 570Nm.

“HSV has carved a unique niche’ in the performance ute market”, said HSV’s Managing Director, Tim Jackson. “Maloo fans have always been drawn to the vehicle’s class-defining levels of performance and styling. With the introduction of the Maloo R8 LSA, we’ve taken those attributes to another level”, said Jackson.

The addition of the Supercharged LSA engine also brings with it modifications to the vehicle’s suspension set-up. Spring and damper rates have been stiffened to reduce body-roll and further improve corner-entry response while the unique rear suspension module delivers improved rear stiffness and rear braking efficiency.

In addition to the extra engine power, Maloo fans will enjoy a raft of exterior styling upgrades.

The front-end features a redesigned fascia incorporating a subtle “splitter”, while the addition of pitch black bonnet vents help deliver an even more aggressive edge.

The pitch black styling theme is carried through to the mirror scalps and fender vents while a new 20”, 5-spoke alloy wheel completes the exterior styling make-over.

A new exterior colour – Slipstream, a vibrant ocean blue, will also be available.

Recommended Retail Pricing (RRP) for the new Maloo R8 LSA has been confirmed at A$76,990.

Production of the GEN-F2 range will commence early October, with vehicles due to arrive in HSV showrooms later that month.

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