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HSV ClubSport turns 20

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HSV ClubSport turns 20

Good sport: HSV will build just 100 ClubSport specials to mark the 20th anniversary of its top seller.

ClubSport special emerges as HSV celebrates 20th anniversary of its oldest nameplate

7 June 2010


THE ClubSport turns 20 this year and, to celebrate, Holden Special Vehicles has announced a limited-edition model with a host of free extras.

On sale across HSV’s national dealer network from late this month, the limited-edition ClubSport comes with HSV performance suspension, 20-inch Pentagon alloy wheels with ‘Millennium’ silver finish and leather seat trim for no additional cost.

Also featuring a unique rear window decal featuring a modern take on HSV’s original ‘CS ClubSport’ badge from the first (VN Commodore-based) model in 1990, the special ClubSport will carry the same pricetags as the standard ClubSport – $66,690 (manual) and $$68,690 (automatic).

Just 100 examples will be produced, in addition to HSV’s new V8 range-opener, the ClubSport GXP sedan ($61,990 auto).

“With this level of value add at no additional cost we anticipate the 100 vehicles will move very quickly and good luck to the person who manages to grab number one in the model build,” said HSV’s general manager of sales, Darren Bowler.

“City Motors HSV in Perth recorded the highest HSV vehicle sales in 2009 and have been rewarded with the privilege of retailing the number one vehicle to the lucky HSV buyer.”

HSV’s longest-running and most successful nameplate first appeared as a full-time model in June 1990, powered by a 180kW/400Nm version of the 5.0-litre V8 found in Holden’s VN Commodore at the time.

Just 410 examples of the first ClubSport were produced from 1990, priced at just $33,320 (manual) and $34,140 (auto).

Its 5.0-litre V8 was replaced by a version of the VTII Commodore’s 5.7-litre LS1, before the 6.0-litre LS2 and the current 6.2-litre LS3 engines appeared.

The ClubSport’s best sales year was 2003, when more than 2200 examples were produced for Australia and New Zealand, as well as the UK and Middle East markets.

“If we step back 20 years to 1990, this really was a watershed year for the HSV brand,” said HSV’s general manager of marketing and communications, Tim Jackson.

“Not only did we introduce our first ClubSport model in June, but 1990 also represented our first Bathurst victory with the Holden Racing Team, who are also celebrating 20 years of success this year.

“The ClubSport has such great history and meaning within our business, and it has always been our purists’ vehicle - bringing track-focussed performance and handling to a road vehicle.”



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20th anniversary 'Clubbie'


June 7, 2010

HSV has released a special edition 20th anniversary Clubsport.

Holden Special Vehicles' popular Clubsport sedan turns 20 this month, and the company has released a limited-edition run of 100 vehicles to celebrate the milestone.

The limited edition model gets a performance suspension package, 20-inch wheels and leather seats for no additional cost. There will be a unique anniversary decal, reminiscent of the original VN decal, on the rear window.

The limited edition models will start appearing in HSV Dealers from late June. The cars will cost $66,690 for the manual and $68,690 for the automatic, plus on-road costs.

The venerable 'Clubby" first appeared as a permanent fixture on the Australian muscle car scene in 1990 and has grown to become HSV's best-selling vehicle.

Initially planned as a cut-price entry to the HSV range, the Clubsport began life with a modestly powered - by today's standards - 180kW 5.0-litre V8 under the bonnet. The current incarnation has a whopping 6.2-litre V8 that pumps out 317kW.

Only 410 versions of the original VN Commodore-based model were made, but at its peak in 2003 HSV built 2200 in one year.

The car has also been exported to the United Kingdom, where it wears a Vauxhall VXR badge.

HSV's general manager of marketing and communications, Tim Jackson, said 1990 was "a watershed year for the HSV brand".

"Not only did we introduce our first ClubSport model in June but 1990 also represented our first Bathurst victory with the Holden Racing Team, who are also celebrating 20 years of success this year."

He says the Clubsport has continued to generate a loyal following, despite dwindling demand for large cars and V8s in recent years.

Clubsport sales last year just broke the 1000 mark, well down on their peak, but Jackson says there has been a resurgence in interest this year, triggered by the release of a more affordable model, the GXP.

Sales of GXP pushed overall HSV sales up by 70 per cent in the first three months of this year and Jackson says the company is keen to keep offering a cheaper entry level to the HSV brand into the future.



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