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New HSV E3 pumps up the technology

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New HSV E3 pumps up the technology

Toby Hagon

September 13, 2010 - 12:49PM

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200km/h with Garth Tander in the new HSV

Former V8 Supercar champion and Bathurst winner puts the new HSV race car technology to the test.

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There's no more power from their V8 engines, but the new HSV E3 range brings more technology and fresh interiors.

HSV has tweaked its muscle car range with a new E3 model that brings more technology and mild styling revisions.

The new HSV E3 - the third generation of the VE Commodore-based E-Series - boasts exterior styling changes and a freshened interior.

The new interior gets HSV's Enhanced Driver Interface, or EDI, which uses a touchscreen display and advanced race car-like data logging to give the driver more information about everything from fuel consumption and the G-forces acting on the car, to performance data and even how much the car is (or isn't) sliding.

See full details on the EDI for the HSV E3 range.

The new HSV EDI also has a stopwatch and lap timing function that includes data on tracks such as Bathurst's Mount Panorama, Phillip Island and Winton. Owners can also input their own lap data in conjunction with the satellite-navigation system.

Once captured, up to an hour's worth of data can be downloaded via a USB stick (through a connection in the glovebox) for use on a PC with a customised program that comes with the car.

Developed by MoTec, the EDI has data logging features similar to some of the systems used in V8 Supercars.

The new EDI is housed in the central control screen, which is now surrounded by shiny black plastic and has the model name of the car housed in it.

It's part of a new, cleaner, more upmarket centre console that blends with the largely untouched interior of the VE Commodore.

The HSV technology push also includes an optional blind spot warning system, which HSV calls SBZA, or Side Blind Zone Alert.

HSV managing director Phil Harding says the new HSV E3 range is all about taking the performance car brand to the next level and helping it better compete with European opposition.

"Our E3 range is an example of HSV's passion for innovation, and determination to bring world leading technology to vehicles," he said. "More and more of our customers are showing greater interest in new technology, and have expressed a desire for unique points of difference in their vehicles.

"You only have to look at EDI, LPI [liquid propane injection], and SBZA to know HSV is passionate about creating and building great all-round performance cars. The combination of new technologies, stylish interior improvements, and a continued focus on all-round performance further strengthens HSV's position as the ultimate in Australian-made performance cars."

The new HSV E3 range - which includes the ClubSport R8, ClubSport R8 Tourer, Maloo R8, Senator Signature, Grange and GTS - also gets styling revisions.

Key to the changes is a new rear spoiler that gives the car a fresh look and is said to improve rear vision.

There's also a new exhaust tip that better integrates with the rear bumper.

HSV won't initially offer its E3 range with a value-leading GXP (or replacement for it), instead hinting another one may be in the pipeline.

"I can't say whether we will or won't do something in future," says HSV marketing and communications manager Tim Jackson. "We said we knew from [the GXP] exercise we would learn a lot and we have learnt a lot.

"If the opportunity arises and it makes sense for us to do something ... we've learnt a lot about what the right vehicle is."

Only the HSV Grange gets more power, adopting the 325kW version of the same engine once reserved for the flagship GTS.

The entry-level ClubSport R8 sedan and wagon and Maloo R8 ute stick with the 317kW version of the Chevrolet Corvette-sourced 6.2-litre V8. The more luxurious Senator Signature also gets the 317kW engine.

However, all HSV sedans are now available with an LPG kit that HSV refers to as LPI, or liquid propane injection. Adding $5990 to the price (before a $2000 government rebate) the HSV LPI kit is said to pay itself off within three years due to cost savings by using LPG.

The system is a dual-fuel set-up, which allows the car to run on petrol at higher revs and when on full throttle to ensure there is no reduction in performance. The new HSV LPI engine can also drive for up to 1100km before needing refueling, although the boot is smaller due to the addition of the LPG gas tank.

Unlike partner Holden with its just updated Commodore VE Series 2, HSV has not made its engines E85 capable (able to run on a blend of petrol and up to 85 per cent ethanol).

As well as the revisions and additional features, the new HSV range is available in some new colours, including the bright yellow - known as Hazard - that's the hero for the lineup.



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Future Models - HSV 2010 E Series 3

Inside job for HSV’s new E3

Spot the difference: Only the GTS receives styling changes, in the form of a new spoiler and slightly larger exhaust tips.

Interior tweaks and new gadgets revealed in modest upgrade for HSV range

13 September 2010


HOLDEN Special Vehicles’ drip-feed release of its updated E3 range continued today as it revealed images and details showing a mostly unmolested exterior and an upgraded cabin with some of the gee-whiz technologies already announced for its latest luxury flagship, the Grange.

Only the performance leader, the 325kW GTS, gets any changes of note to the exterior detail, with a revised rear spoiler (for improved vision) and slightly larger twin exhaust tips being the only giveaway.

The only change to the powertrain is the addition of the Australian-first optional dual-fuel liquid petroleum injection engine that was also foreshadowed last week on the Grange.

This $5990 option on the sedan – said to deliver the same performance as the petrol-only version of HSV’s 6.2-litre LS3 engine while cutting CO2 emissions by up to 15 per cent – will also be available on the Maloo ute, but at a higher price ($6390), because the ute requires a special tub liner to accommodate the tank.

From top: HSV 20 Years of Maloo R8, HSV E3 GTS interior, HSV's Enhanced Driver Interface.

However, the gas alternative will not be available on the Commodore Sportwagon-based ClubSport R8 Tourer because – like the donor car – there is no room for the LPG tank.

Although HSV is holding back full pricing until its media launch next week, it has revealed that one of the new options on the E3 models, the blind-spot warning system that it calls Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA), will cost $1990. The Bosch-developed feature is standard on the Grange, as revealed last week.

New to all HSV E3 models are the touch-screen Enhanced Driver Interface (EDI), reverse camera with rear park assist, satellite navigation and touchscreen audio with iPod connectivity.

The EDI system – co-developed with race data specialist MOTEC – allows HSV drivers to dial up a raft of race-like performance detail such as G forces, lap times on race circuits and even manifold pressure, as well as control a number of features of the car.

All E3 models, including the top-selling ClubSport R8, get a new-look dashboard that HSV calls ‘Oracle’, new binnacle gauges, piano black trim on the centre console and steering wheel, plus a model-specific stainless steel ID plate on the centre console.

The up-market GTS and Senator Signature also get twin-stitch seat trims, along with new alternative red (Turismo Rosso) leather.

Coinciding with the launch of the E3 range, HSV has also unveiled a special 20th anniversary edition Maloo ute, to commemorate its introduction at the Sydney motor show in October 1990.

The ‘20 Years of Maloo’ R8 gets special hood scoops and side vents, 20-inch GTS alloy wheels, bi-modal exhaust, EDI, blind-spot alert, rear parking sensors and camera, and satellite navigation.

The special edition will be publicly unveiled at the Deni Ute Muster in early October, going on sale at $67,900 – a $4710 premium over the current standard Maloo R8 price.

HSV managing director Phil Harding said the new E3 range had reached a new level of sophistication, continuing the company’s long history of innovation.

“Our E3 range is an example of HSV’s passion for innovation and determination to bring world leading technology to vehicles,” he said.

“You only have to look at EDI, LPI, and SBZA to know HSV is passionate about creating and building great all-round performance cars.

“More and more of our customers are showing greater interest in new technology, and have expressed a desire for unique points of difference in their vehicles.

“The combination of new technologies, stylish interior improvements and a continued focus on all-round performance further strengthens HSV’s position as the ultimate in Australian-made performance cars.”

As GoAuto reported last week, the GTS will continue with an unchanged 325kW/550Nm V8 powertrain – 10kW short of rival Ford Performance Vehicle’s new ‘Miami’ supercharged 5.0-litre V8.

The GTS engine also goes into the Grange this time around, while all other models retain the 317kW/550Nm version of the LS3 Chevrolet-sourced engine with a choice of six-speed manual gearbox or six-speed automatic.



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