Re: HFV6 a DUD !
The export engines for the HFV6 are a different capacity to the 3.8L version for Australia ( it will be in 2.8, 3.6 and 3.8 capacities )
There will be a turbo version of the HFV6 ( not sure if it is single or twin ) to compete with the XR6T, no word on whether HSV will have a version but you'd expect them to. The turbo technology has been borrowed from sister company SAAB who they worked closely with, and I believe are taking the 2.8L for the Euro market. The 3.6L is for the NorAm market.
From my understanding, the blocks are being made in Mexico, as the new block plant that ION automotive are making is not even started construction ( Altona Melbourne ) and I think they made a few blocks at their established plant to ensure their casting process is ok as it is quite revolutionary. I believe they are all being imported to the new machining plant here at Fishermans bend until ION start production. So I am not sure where this guy gets his info??
It is also my understanding that they are all variable valve timing etc to keep pace with the barra182. The base power will be 190kW at this stage, but where the Holden will probably excel is the less weight it is likely to lug in comparison ( BAII will raise to the 190ish mark ).
But I can neither confirm or deny the engine failures, although I will be going to Holden soon so I will see if I can find out about it, and anything else, without being too nosy!!
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