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HSV Z Series

Model Highlights

Motor
LS2 (Gen IV) 297kW @ 6000rpm (305kW DIN) and 530Nm @ 4400

- standard for all Z Series RWD models

Gearbox
Manual – New M12 6-speed with shorter ratios

Auto – 4L65E standard across the range

Diff
3.46:1 shot peened gear across the complete range

Wheels
19-inch alloy wheels with 245/35 tyres standard on all RWD models

Maloo
Now has Traction Control and Multi-link suspension


Brakes
AP Racing Six-Piston Brake System available on R8 models


Trim
Full Grain Nappa leather in Senator and Grange



Pricing



Maloo $54,250

Maloo R8 $61,450

ClubSport $61,850

ClubSport R8 $70,990

Senator $71,990

GTO $78,690

Grange $89,750

RRP plus on road costs


Exclusive HSV performance

The unique character of the LS2 and drivetrain is set to open up a whole new era in HSV performance. True to the company’s traditional values, the HSV team has once again re-established the performance car benchmark with the new Z Series range, a fact that is clearly reflected in the deeply impressive performance figures listed below.

Performance

SWB Z Series Y Series

Manual trans sec sec

0-100km/h 5.2 5.4

400m 13.5 13.5

Vmax km/h 270 260

Auto trans

0-100km/h 5.1 5.6

400m 13.3 13.7

Vmax km/h 274 258


Official HSV Press Release

HSV has done it again! As part of its substantially upgraded new Z Series range, Australia’s leading innovator in performance technology has unleashed another piece of awesome performance hardware – the 6.0 litre LS2 V8 engine.

In a stunning coup, HSV is able to offer local customers exclusive access to the remarkable benefits of GM’s very latest all-new Gen IV V8 powerplant just weeks after it made its world debut in the new US market C6 Corvette. HSV has worked closely with GM powertrain engineers, along with its Holden partners, to adapt this brand new engine to fit its premier performance range and adjust it to suit local conditions. With 297kW @ 6000rpm (305kW DIN) and 530Nm @ 4400 on tap the results are impressive, and the best news it this state-of-the-art power unit is standard for all Z Series RWD models, along with WL Grange and GTO Coupé.

While the introduction of the high output 6.0 litre LS2 was always going to steal the majority of the limelight, there is still plenty more to talk about when it comes to HSV’s Z Series. Indeed along with the new engine, virtually the entire drivetrain has been upgraded and is now very much unique to HSV.

In typical HSV fashion exterior styling makes a major statement with Z Series. Importantly, there is now a much clearer division between relevant models within the range. ‘Sports Performance’ continues HSV’s traditional aggressive, exuberant, in-your-face styling for Maloo, Maloo R8, ClubSport and ClubSport R8 while there is now a marked difference to the more sophisticated, Euro appearance of the ‘Luxury Performance’ models – Senator, Grange and GTO Coupé.

Just a few years ago 19-inch wheels were reserved for the likes of HSV’s GTS and imported supercars. However, for Z Series a freshly designed range of 19-inch alloy wheels and 245/35 ZR19 tyres become standard on all RWD models providing sizzling looks and performance to match the mighty 6.0 litre LS2 engine.

In recent models HSV has gained notoriety for its luxury appointments as well as its performance credentials and Z Series is no exception. Interior specifications on all models have been updated with premium quality materials that are more sophisticated in appearance and more luxuriant to touch.

Senator and Grange step into the realms of the truly lavish with an interior trim specification that combines a superb new full grain supple leather and a sumptuous suede. And, this combination is available in a choice of two interior colours.

Thanks to HSV engineers the Maloo models once again claim a number of ‘firsts’ for a local sports ute with the launch of Z Series. For the first time customers can enjoy the benefits of 19-inch wheels and tyres, along with Traction Control and Multi-link independent rear suspension – and all of these features are totally exclusive to Maloo models! Combine them with the outstanding performance of the 6.0 litre LS2 and you get a Maloo that’s even more controllable and enjoyable in a wider range of driving conditions.

A simplified model line up is also big news with the Z Series. Beyond ClubSport, HSV enthusiasts now have the simple choice of either more performance with R8, or more luxury with Senator. The Signature name is being rested with Z Series, making way for a new Senator specification for about the same price as the harder edged ClubSport R8.

The substantial list of exclusive updates seen on Z Series – in performance, appearance, quality and luxury – are positive proof of HSV’s relentless march towards greater differentiation from its Holden relatives and its determination to offer more sophisticated models backed with traditional hard edge performance.


6.0litre LS2 engine

As part of the fourth generation of GM small block V8 engines the 6.0 litre (364 cubic inches) LS2 is the latest evolution of a spectacularly successful performance formula and a major step forward. The new engine was earmarked to debut in the recently released C6 model Corvette but it also had the ideal specification package for HSV’s own performance philosophy.

The HSV engineering team took on the major role of developing it to fit the Z Series range which included recalibrating the operating parameters of the engine management computer to suit local conditions and to deliver serious ‘all round’ V8 performance. As part of HSV’s now exclusive drivetrain the LS2 lives up to its rich performance heritage by producing 297kW @ 6000rpm (305kW DIN) and 530Nm @ 4400 – an increase of 12kW and 20Nm, respectively, over the LS1 engine.

As impressive as these figures are they simply don’t prepare you for the Z Series driving experience. The HSV enhanced LS2 displays a smooth and refined nature but its remarkably flat torque curve ensures that there are tremendous reserves of traditional V8 ‘grunt’ on tap virtually whenever and wherever the driver requires – just squeeze the throttle and go!


Upgraded drivetrain

The changes for Z Series have resulted in upgrades to virtually every drivetrain component making them exclusive to HSV models. The major highlights are listed below:


• Tremec M12 six-speed manual transmission – as fitted to the Corvette – incorporating triple cone synchromesh (for a quicker, smoother and more enjoyable shift action) and lower ratios.

• Heavy duty Corvette C6 type clutch with higher clamping pressure.

• Unique safety feature which requires that the clutch be depressed before the engine will start.

• Upgraded Turbo Hydramatic 4-speed 4L65E HMD automatic transmission featuring detailed internal modifications, a 10% higher stall torque converter and a smarter torque converter lock up clutch. Calibrated for a quick, firm, precise shift feel in response to customer feedback. LS2’s broad torque output makes the ‘Power’ mode unnecessary and so is deleted.

• Tail-shaft diameter increased from 54.1mm to 60mm and wall thickness by 0.2mm.

• HSV engineers develop a totally new tail-shaft for the Maloo and long wheel base WL Grange.

• The unique-to-HSV differential incorporates a 3.46:1 ratio for manual and automatic.

• The differential gear set is now shot peened for greater strength and durability.

• The rear axle half shafts are strengthened with two plunging joints instead of one.

• Latest generation Bosch ABS 8 system, including Electronic Brake Force Distribution.

• Mechanical Brake Assist

• HSV’s Performance Braking package up-rated with more rigid C6-type twin-piston front callipers for a higher clamping force and increased brake pedal feel.

• Responding to customer requests the race-bred HSV - AP Racing Six-Piston Brake System is now optional on Maloo R8 and ClubSport R8.

• HSV Adjustable Performance Suspension – developed in conjunction with Öhlins Suspension – is optional on ClubSport R8 and GTO Coupé


Z Series exterior styling

More than ever HSV’s Z Series models mark a clear demarcation between the company’s traditional ‘Sports Performance’ models and the sophisticated overtones of the ‘Luxury Performance’ models. It’s a factor that is clearly reflected in the captivating on road presence of the respective models.

The ‘Sports Performance’ face of Z Series is represented in the aggressive, street-wise visual cues found in the new body styling package for Maloo and ClubSport models. Prominent twin bonnet lines flow through the trademark twin nostril HSV performance grille to the blacked out lower intake. Road presence is further emphasised with the use of deep, wide-set, black driving light surrounds which flow from the outer headlamp line to create a typically aggressive HSV appearance with a greater impression of width. It’s complimented by new, more crisply defined headlights incorporating twin horizontal rows in the parking lights.

The new front facia integrates more powerfully into the side elevation where the side skirts are now body coloured. New HSV-unique fender vents add to the side view aggression factor and are finished in body colour with black mesh and an inbuilt repeater lamp. At the rear, sedan models boast a new, more integrated spoiler and detailed changes to body accent colours while Maloo models continue with their own bespoke rear end appearance including ice-cool twin exhaust outlets.

All Z Series models gain tremendous additional kudos from the fitment of 19-inch alloy wheels and wider Pirelli P Zero 245/35 ZR19 tyres. The two striking new styles – five-spoke for Maloo and ClubSport and multi-spoke in ‘Chrome-shadow’ for Maloo R8 and ClubSport R8 – are both open spoke designs which highlight the awesome HSV braking packages and HRT-red painted callipers.

Despite its more elegant overtones the Senator’s Luxury Performance styling package still delivers enormous HSV road presence from its deep facias, huge 19-inch, ten-spoke multifaceted alloy wheels and low sporting stance. Changes for Z Series have added an even greater air of European sophistication that can clearly be seen in the bespoke front facia design which uses a chrome grille and chrome highlighted lower intake.

Twin chrome detail elements on the fender vents and driving light surrounds are also picked up in the twin horizontal rows of the parking lights. The HSV unique fender vents are finished in body colour with blacked out mesh, twin chrome bars and a repeater lamp. Senator is now a totally distinctive and more subtle package that’s going to prove very difficult to ignore for traditional buyers of premium European models.

To provide a clear warning of the performance potential under the bonnet all Z Series models feature sophisticated new badging highlighting the LS2 engine, its 6.0 litre capacity and its exclusivity to HSV.

Several new colours join the range, including Odyssey Grey, Barbados, Impulse Blue and Turismo on GTO Coupe.


Z Series exclusive interior upgrades

The individual character of the Sports Performance and Luxury Performance themes seen on the exterior of Z Series models are also carried over to the interior. However, though the themes differ, HSV’s underlying drive towards using premium quality materials is the same.

ClubSport and Maloo models feature a new cloth trim material called ‘Orbit’. Its three-dimensional appearance lends an athletic, technical feel to the interior and is available in two versions of its three-toned shading – grey or red. Each features matching colour keyed stitching and embroidered HSV logo.

Today’s ClubSport R8 and Maloo R8 boast a sporting interior ambiance backed up with an inviting luxury edge and that’s reflected in the full leather trim in ‘Anthracite’ which now features distinctive ‘micro-perforated’ leather seat inserts. They offer the dual advantage of being breathable for greater comfort and contrasting with the traditional leather bolsters for a more sophisticated appearance. The ClubSport R8 includes a contoured bucket style rear seat with adjustable rear head restraints

With the major Z Series interior enhancements, Senator takes another giant leap up the premium luxury ladder with an interior that is a cut above that of many cold and impersonal prestige imports. The sumptuous cabin environment is created by a distinctive combination of two new premium quality materials used across seats and door trims.

Most seat surfaces and the door armrests are covered with premium quality Full Grain Nappa which has been dubbed ‘soft-feel’ leather. It’s a premium supple grade non-embossed leather (as opposed to the most commonly used automotive leather which is a ‘corrected grain’ or embossed product). HSV is the first Australian manufacturer to use this product which is also seen in several high-end prestige European brands. As the soft-feel name suggests, this plush material really is exceptionally soft to touch and here, it has been tautly trimmed for an even more elegant appearance.

Centre seat inserts and door trims are finished in Lismore suede – a luxuriant, velvety perforated suede that looks so good it just begs to be touched. It’s also hardwearing, has good grip to minimise occupants sliding around and can breathe via its perforations for greater comfort.

For Z Series Senator two distinctive versions of this luxury trim are available. The first sees an ‘Anthracite’ upper dashboard combined with a ‘Light Reed’ lower section and seat trim to create a very appealing, two-tone, traditional premium luxury environment. The second option is monotone dark ‘Anthracite’ throughout where perforation in the Lismore suede and the various textures of the different materials provide subtle variations in tone that work together to create a prestige, sporting European feel.



Z Series ClubSport and ClubSport R8

Along with the sensational 6.0 litre LS2 engine and upgraded drivetrain, Z Series ClubSport and ClubSport R8’s new HSV ‘sport performance’ body styling package and interior creature comforts are set to reinforce the pair’s position as prime choices amongst performance car enthusiasts.

ClubSport major changes

 HSV enhanced 6.0 litre LS2 V8.

 Upgraded Turbo Hydamatic 4L65E HMD electronic four speed automatic or

 Tremec 6 speed M12 manual transmission with heavy duty Corvette C6 type clutch.

 3.46:1 differential ratio, complete with shot peened gear set.

 Latest generation Bosch ABS 8 system including Electronic Brake Force Distribution working with twin piston front, grooved rotor Performance brakes

 19-inch alloy wheels with 245/35 Pirelli P Zero premium Z rated tyres, tuned HSV Touring suspension system

 HSV Performance Brake system upgraded to C6 twin piston callipers.

 Z Series ‘HSV Sports Performance’ body styling package.

 New ‘Orbit’ cloth trim.

 ‘Nickel Pearl’ dashboard highlights.

 New centre console storage bin.

 Net storage pockets behind front seats.

 HSV floor mats.



ClubSport R8 major changes

 HSV enhanced 6.0 litre LS2 V8.

 Upgraded Turbo Hydamatic 4L65E HMD electronic four speed automatic or

 Tremec 6 speed M12 manual transmission plus heavy duty Corvette C6 type clutch.

 3.46:1 differential ratio, complete with shot peened gear set.

 Latest generation Bosch ABS 8 system including Electronic Brake Force Distribution working with 4 piston Premium cross drilled brakes

 19-inch Chrome-shadow alloy wheels with 245/35 Pirelli P Zero premium Z rated tyres, tuned HSV Performance suspension system

 Optional HSV AP Racing Six-Piston Brake System.

 Optional HSV – Ohlins Adjustable Performance Suspension.

 Z Series ‘HSV Sports Performance’ body styling package.

 Full leather trim in ‘Anthracite’ featuring ‘micro-perforated’ leather seat inserts.

 ‘Nickel Pearl’ dashboard highlights.

 Centre console stack twin gauge HSV binnacle.

 Net storage pockets behind front seats.

 HSV floor mats.

Z Series Maloo and Maloo R8

For many years HSV’s Maloo super ute has led the market with innovation, and has challenged the perception of what a sports pickup ought to be (eg. climate control air conditioning) in this respect the Z Series Maloo is again the big winner. Maloo buyers needn’t do without any luxury or safety features over their sedan counterparts with three new and exclusive HSV ‘firsts’ being added for Z Series, in the form of 19-inch alloy wheels and 245/35 ZR19 tyres, Traction Control and Multi-link independent rear suspension.

Previously, Holden’s ute models (and hence Maloo) have not been configured to allow Traction Control to be fitted. However, since they needed to develop a unique main wiring harness for Maloo anyway (as with all Z Series models), HSV engineers decided to put in an extra effort and incorporate Traction Control, too. Along with the necessary wiring changes, the task required considerable modifications to the ABS brake lines to allow speed detection information to be fed back to the ABS module which forms part of the Traction Control system.

HSV has also taken the opportunity to adopt the Multi-link independent rear suspension (similar to sedan models). With it, the two extra rear suspension links maintain more precise control of the rear wheel toe change on full bump travel which, in turn, has enabled Maloo models to benefit from the huge footprint of 19-inch alloy wheels and tyres for the first time. Multi-link, itself, contributes to improved turn in feel and the elimination of roll oversteer with a resulting enhancement in overall control in a wide variety of driving conditions.

For the many fans of HSV’s high performance ute this is not only the most powerful Maloo ever but also the ultimate in handling, safety and, importantly, driving enjoyment.

Maloo major changes

 HSV enhanced 6.0 litre LS2 V8.

 Upgraded Turbo Hydamatic 4L65E HMD electronic four speed automatic or

 Tremec 6 speed M12 manual transmission plus heavy duty Corvette C6 type clutch.

 3.46:1 differential ratio, complete with shot peened gear set.

 Latest generation Bosch ABS 8 system including Electronic Brake Force Distribution, working with twin piston front, grooved rotor Performance brakes

 19-inch alloy wheels with 245/35 Pirelli P Zero premium Z rated tyres

 HSV Performance Brake system upgraded to C6 twin piston callipers.

 Z Series ‘HSV Sports Performance’ body styling package.

 New ‘Orbit’ cloth trim.

 ‘Nickel Pearl’ dashboard highlights.

 New centre console storage bin.



Maloo R8 major changes

 HSV enhanced 6.0 litre LS2 V8.

 Upgraded Turbo Hydamatic 4L65E HMD electronic four speed automatic or

 Tremec 6 speed M12 manual transmission plus heavy duty Corvette C6 type clutch.

 3.46:1 differential ratio, complete with shot peened gear set.

 Latest generation Bosch ABS 8 system including Electronic Brake Force Distribution, working with 4 piston Premium cross drilled brakes

 19-inch Chrome-shadow alloy wheels, with 245/35 Pirelli P Zero premium Z rated tyres

 Optional HSV AP Racing Six-Piston Brake System.

 Z Series ‘HSV Sports Performance’ body styling package.

 Full leather trim in ‘Anthracite’ featuring ‘micro-perforated’ leather seat inserts.

 ‘Nickel Pearl’ dashboard highlights.

 Centre console stack twin gauge HSV binnacle.


Z Series Senator

The enhancements seen for Z Series have delivered a Senator model that’s even more distinctive than ever. Its luxury ambiance is a match for the best prestige competitors, yet they offer only a fraction of its performance potential at a price that’s considerably higher.

Z Series also brings a very aggressive price positioning of HSV’s luxury Senator model at an RRP of $71,990. That brings it in close proximity to the ClubSport R8 so that HSV customers looking to step up from ClubSport now have a very simple choice – the hard edged sports performance of the ClubSport R8 or the elegant sophisticated performance of the Senator. Whichever choice they make they can’t lose!


Senator major features

 HSV enhanced 6.0 litre LS2 V8.

 Upgraded Turbo Hydamatic 4L65E HMD electronic four speed automatic.

 3.46:1 differential ratio, complete with shot peened gear set.

 HSV Performance Brake System.

 Latest generation Bosch ABS 8 system including Electronic Brake Force Distribution.

 19-inch, ten-spoke luxury alloy wheels in chrome shadow, with 245/35 Pirelli P Zero premium Z rated tyres

 HSV Luxury 3 suspension tune including HSV “Level Ride” rear self levelling.

 Z Series ‘HSV Luxury Performance’ body styling package.

 HSV Rear Park Assist.

 HSV Performance Seats with eight-way power adjustment.

 Premium interior trim combination of ‘Lismore’ suede and ‘soft-feel’ leather.

 Choice of two interior colours – ‘Anthracite’ or ‘Light Reed’ combination.

 ‘Cyber Carbon’ dashboard highlights.

 Centre console stack twin gauge HSV binnacle.

 Net storage pockets behind front seats.

 HSV floor mats.


WL Grange

In conjunction with the launch of Z Series, HSV’s luxury limousine flagship the WL Grange also benefits from a number of key upgrades including the 6.0 litre LS2 engine and exclusive HSV drivetrain.

The purposeful elegance of the exterior styling is further enhanced with HSV unique fender vents (body coloured with black mesh, twin chrome bars and a repeater lamp), ten-spoke 19-inch HSV ‘luxury’ alloy wheels in chrome shadow and 245/35 ZR19 Pirelli tyres and advance technology LED stop lamps which illuminate more swiftly, giving following drivers extra reaction time. A front Near Object Detection System joins the rear system to further assist when parking.

However, the biggest news can be found in the Grange’s palatial interior where there’s new rich leather upholstery materials (which mimics the elegant combinations seen in Senator but on a grander scale) and, for the first time, a choice of two distinct colour treatments.

HSV Full Grain Nappa (dubbed ‘soft-feel’ leather) can be found on most seat surfaces and the door armrests. This premium grade non-embossed leather is imported from South Africa and HSV is the first Australian manufacturer to use this product which is also seen in several high-end prestige European brands. As the soft-feel name suggests, this plush material really is exceptionally soft to touch and for Grange has been tautly trimmed for an even more elegant appearance.

Centre seat inserts and door trims are finished in Lismore suede – a luxuriant, velvety perforated suede. It’s also hardwearing, has good grip to minimise occupants sliding around and can breathe via its perforations for greater comfort.

HSV now give Grange buyers to choice of two versions of these lavish trim materials – an attractive union of a ‘Reed’ upper dashboard with a ‘Light Reed’ lower section and seat trim. Or the second option of ‘Anthracite’, which in the same vein as Senator, creates a European sports style interior.

Dashboard highlights are in ‘Cyber Carbon’, HSV floor mats are standard and behind the front seats are net storage pockets.

Whichever way you look at the Grange, it remains a unique proposition on the Australasian market. Few competitors can match its extensive list of standard luxury features, including dual zone climate control air conditioning with rear seat controls, Blaupunkt premium sound system, a sophisticated DVD Entertainment system complete with seven-inch screens built into the front head restraints and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

Fewer still can match its cavernous interior accommodation. And none (short of doubling its price or more!) can match the superior performance of its LS2 engine (297kW @ 6000rpm and 530Nm @ 4400). Once again it’s difficult to find legitimate competitors for HSV’s long wheel base flagship and with production numbers set to be limited the WL Grange will be a very exclusive and rewarding drive, indeed.

Grange major features

 HSV enhanced 6.0 litre LS2 V8.

 Upgraded Turbo Hydamatic 4L65E HMD electronic four speed automatic.

 3.46:1 differential ratio, complete with shot peened gear set.

 HSV Performance Brake System.

 Latest generation Bosch ABS 8 system including Electronic Brake Force Distribution.

 19-inch, ten-spoke chrome shadow luxury alloy wheels.

 HSV Prestige suspension tune including HSV “Level Ride” rear self levelling.

 HSV specific steering rack.

 Front and rear Near Object Detection System

 HSV Prestige Seats with eight-way power adjustment.

 Premium interior trim combination of ‘Lismore’ suede and ‘soft-feel’ leather.

 Choice of two interior colours – ‘Anthracite’ or ‘Reed and Light Reed’.

 Dual zone climate control air conditioning with rear seat controls.

 Blaupunkt premium sound system.

 Built in DVD Entertainment system.

 Tyre pressure monitoring system.

 ‘Cyber Carbon’ dashboard highlights.

 Net storage pockets behind front seats.

 HSV floor mats.


GTO Coupé

Since its release the GTO Coupé has remained high on the wish list of performance vehicle buyers and it’s set to stay well entrenched in that position with the latest list of enhancements.

The bold, seductive styling takes on a more predatory appearance via a bonnet featuring twin nostril intakes that blend with the twin port upper and lower grilles. Distinctive 19-inch alloy wheels and 245/35 ZR19 tyres not only look fabulous they also ensure that HSV’s big two door Coupe handles and rides better than ever. Subtle variations to the body accent colours add to the distinctive exterior appearance. Shades of Coupé 4 and a hint to the LS2 performance potential under the bonnet can be found at the rear in the form of ultra-cool quad exhaust outlets.

The Coupé 4 style theme continues inside with the addition of a sumptuous full leather interior. GTO Coupé buyers can choose from three different trim colours – ‘Anthracite’, ‘Indiana Red’ and a new ‘Devil Yellow’ alternative. Each trim combination is complemented by classy, twin needle horizontal stitching. Dashboard highlights are now in ‘Nickel Pearl’.

Like the rest of the HSV RWD range, the addition of the exclusive HSV drivetrain including the state-of-the-art 6.0 litre LS2 powerplant, has lifted the GTO Coupé performance to an entirely new level. Yet those who demand an even harder edge to their driving experience can now option their GTO Coupé with an HSV AP Racing Six-Piston Brake System and/or HSV Adjustable Performance Suspension (developed in conjunction with Öhlins Suspension).

The bottom line is that short of mega dollar imported coupes there are no competitors that come close to offering the comprehensive list of performance and luxury features found in HSV’s GTO Coupé.



GTO Coupé major features

 HSV enhanced 6.0 litre LS2 V8.

 Upgraded Turbo Hydamatic 4L65E HMD electronic four speed automatic or

 Tremec 6 speed M12 manual transmission plus heavy duty Corvette C6 type clutch.

 3.46:1 differential ratio, complete with shot peened gear set.

 Latest generation Bosch ABS 8 system including Electronic Brake Force Distribution, working with twin piston front, grooved rotor Performance brakes

 19-inch Chrome-shadow alloy wheels.

 Optional HSV AP Racing Six-Piston Brake System.

 Optional HSV Adjustable Performance Suspension.

 HSV GTO Coupé body styling package.

 HSV Rear Park Assist.

 Eight way power adjustable front seats – driver’s with memory.

 Full leather trim in a choice of ‘Anthracite’, ‘Indiana Red’ or ‘Devil Yellow’.

 Dual zone climate control air conditioning.

 ‘Nickel Pearl’ dashboard highlights.

 Centre console stack twin gauge HSV binnacle.

 Net storage pockets behind front seats.

 HSV floor mats.


Exclusive HSV Z Series drivetrain

‘Exclusivity’ is the key word to describe HSV’s Z Series program. That becomes particularly evident when discussing the remarkable new 6.0 litre LS2 engine and upgraded drivetrain, virtually the whole of which is now totally exclusive to HSV.

The significance of the Z Series will not go unnoticed. HSV models have always been differentiated by exclusive and premium engineering features, but the Z Series package takes the brand to a new level.

The company has for some years promised and has been delivering more and more unique ‘under the skin’ technology and mechanical features.

Earlier in 2004 this commitment was heralded by the exciting AWD Coupe 4. Now, the 297kW 6.0 litre Z Series line up once again showcases the exclusive next generation position, that HSV intends to continue to dominate in the Australian and New Zealand Performance/Luxury niche market.

“The model signals an exciting new direction for the company, effectively delivering a major blow to any local copy efforts by so called ‘competitors’, and providing a very serious alternative to the popularity of more expensive European choices”. Said HSV Director of Sales & Marketing, Chris Payne.

Exclusive 6.0 litre LS2 engine

As GM’s latest Gen IV powerplant, the 6.0 litre LS2 is a state-of-the-art V8 that draws on a long heritage of small block engine design. It builds on the high output foundations of the 5.7 litre Gen III unit with a range of design innovations and a step up in capacity to a massive 6.0 litres that has created a substantial stride forward in all round driveability and performance.

The LS2 made its world debut in the all-new C6 Corvette sports car but, significantly, that beat HSV to market by mere weeks as this awesome new powerplant becomes standard for all Z Series RWD models, as well as WL Grange and GTO Coupé which are launched simultaneously.

It’s important to note that the LS2 was specifically designed from the outset as a high performance engine. Its multitude of advanced features and its push rod design gives it the ideal specification package for a large capacity high output V8 engine.

Compared with an overhead camshaft V8 engine of a similar capacity and configuration, the all alloy LS2 is demonstrably lighter, more compact and is more efficient to manufacture and therefore service, yet it produces an extraordinary spread of performance. What’s more, early indications are that fuel efficiency in everyday driving conditions has the potential to be just as outstanding as the performance (up to a 7% improvement is expected). And, this engine offers ‘green’ credentials by meeting the ultra-stringent Euro 3 emission standards which are not due to be introduced until 2006.

Making the 6.0 litre LS2 exclusively available to HSV customers called on a massive effort from the engineering team and once again they were up to the challenge. The realities of developing the LS2 to fit HSV’s right-hand-drive range of sedan, ute, coupé and long wheel base models took a large proportion of the two year time frame dedicated to the Z Series program. As well as significant modifications to the cooling, fuel and exhaust systems, one of the major tasks was the design and manufacture of a totally unique-to-HSV main wiring harness for each of these models.

The HSV enhanced 270 kW 5.7 litre LS1 (which has been the company’s mainstay since it took over from the 5.0 litre V8 for VT Series 2 in 1999) is still the engine of choice for the latest crop of HSV AWD models. Indeed, its enduring attributes of refined torque delivery have made it particularly suitable for HSV’s all-wheel-drive models where it will continue to perform superbly. However, for HSV’s outright performance applications the LS2 is even better suited due to the next generation performance technology that has been applied during its design phase.

Following is a list of the most significant upgrades that contribute to the improved performance of the new HSV Z Series.

 Cylinder bore diameter is increased from 99mm to 101.6mm producing an overall displacement of 6.0 litres (5967cm³).

 Compression ratio is 10.9:1.

 Engine ‘redline’ 6500rpm.

 The lightweight block is cast from 319-T5 aluminium with ‘cast in place’ iron cylinder bore liners.

 As per LS1, the block is a deep skirt design, meaning that it extends below the crankshaft centreline, which contributes to greater structural rigidity and operating smoothness.

 Immensely strong bottom end construction with cross bolted main caps. While some engines employ just two vertical bolts to secure the main bearing caps, LS2 (and LS1) get ultra-heavy duty by using four vertical main cap bolts supplemented by two extra horizontal cross bolts to form a massively rigid bottom end.

 4% lighter than LS1 which was already a lightweight engine. At around 180kg ready to run (without ancillaries) LS2 is considerably lighter than most V8 engines, irrespective of their design philosophy. The reduction in engine weight has also aided weight distribution and chassis balance.

 Aluminium cylinder heads are derived from the design used for the previous Corvette Z06 high performance model, including raised intake ports and an unshrouded valve combustion chamber design. When combined with the new flat top pistons this produces a more efficient swirl of the air/fuel mixture, allowing a high compression ratio which boosts power and fuel economy.

 Camshaft lift is increased to take advantage of the increased cylinder head flow.

 Valves measure 50.8mm for the intake and 39.4mm for the exhaust and heavy duty valve springs are fitted.

 More powerful Engine Control Unit. With more memory, faster processing and a new software set, the LS2 ECU has plenty of reserve capacity to oversee the functions of the Electronic Throttle Control, Traction Control and Cruise Control. It has been specifically calibrated by HSV engineers to suit local conditions and deliver serious ‘all round’ V8 performance. The result is both an improvement in smoothness and driveability as well as a reduction in vehicle emissions. In particular the Traction Control action is now so subtle that it’s difficult to determine when it’s operating. The latest generation switchable traction control is now fitted standard on all HSV RWD models including Maloo. This is a unique safety addition for any Australian V8 sports utility.

 The LS2 breathes via a large bore, 90mm single blade Electronic Throttle Control intake body. Electronic, rather than mechanical, management of the throttle has produced significant gains in smoothness, responsiveness and driveability which make the Z Series models particularly easy to drive in everyday traffic conditions.

 While for maximum performance premium unleaded fuel is preferred, the LS2 is suitable for use with standard unleaded fuel due to its advanced knock sensor design and HSV calibration of the Electronic Control Unit.

 Large capacity fuel pump.

 Advanced catalytic converters are both more efficient and less restrictive and are mounted closer to the exhaust manifold for quicker ‘light off’ and reduced cold start emissions. The exhaust note can be described as ‘aggressive’.

 LS2 already meets Euro 3 emission standards which are not due to be implemented until 2006.

 Unique HSV designed engine cover.

In HSV form the LS2 delivers an outstanding 297kW @ 6000rpm (305kW DIN) and 530Nm @ 4400 – an increase of 12kW and 20Nm, respectively, over the LS1 engine. However, peak power and torque figures don’t tell the full story – the range of power and torque is considerably broader than LS1, making LS2’s immense performance capabilities easily accessible even from very low in its rev range. Indeed, 87% of peak torque (463Nm) is available from a low 1600rpm and the output never drops below that figure until after 6000rpm.

The old adage says ‘there is no substitute for cubic inches’ and with a 6.0 litre capacity and an advanced design specification there is definitely no substitute for HSV’s LS2. The reality of having extraordinary reserves of torque available throughout the engine’s rev range is instantaneous response to throttle pressure, irrespective of whether the vehicle is starting off in first gear or cruising at highway speed in sixth gear.


HSV exclusive drivetrain

Significantly, it’s not just the awesome LS2 engine that’s exclusive to HSV – for Z Series virtually every drivetrain component has been upgraded and is now unique to these models.

Manual transmission fans will revel in the HSV unique Tremec M12 six-speed gearbox. It is essentially the same as that fitted to the Corvette, complete with triple cone synchromesh (for a quicker, smoother and more enjoyable shift action) and lower ratios than the previous transmission. It’s accompanied by a heavy duty Corvette C6 type clutch that features higher clamping pressure to help transmit the engine’s mammoth torque load. In addition, HSV has taken the opportunity to incorporate a unique safety feature which requires that the clutch be depressed before the engine will start.

Just as the engine has taken a step up so has the automatic transmission in the form of the Turbo Hydramatic 4-speed 4L65E HMD exclusive to HSV. It’s a heavy duty unit, like its predecessor, but features detailed internal modifications including a 10% higher stall torque converter and a smarter torque converter lock up clutch which further aids fuel efficiency. In response to customer feedback HSV has calibrated the auto for a quick, firm, precise shift feel. The remarkably broad torque output of the LS2 has rendered the ‘Power’ mode superfluous and it has subsequently been deleted.

The greater torque loading from the exclusive new engine, via the clutch and transmissions, required an exclusive tail-shaft which has been increased in diameter from 54.1mm to 60mm and in wall thickness by 0.2mm. For the Maloo and long wheel base WL Grange, the task was even more involved with HSV engineers actually designing totally new tail-shafts for these models.

Continuing further along the drivetrain, the new HSV unique differential sees manual and automatic models share the same ratio – a higher 3.46:1. For greater strength and durability the differential gear set, itself, has been subjected to a special shot peening process. The rear axle half shafts, which transmit drive from the differential to the wheel hubs, have been strengthened by incorporating two plunging joints instead of one.

The upshot for automatic Z Series models is that the combination of immense torque from the LS2 engine, a 10% higher stall torque converter and a lower differential ratio has resulted in a simply sensational launch feel and acceleration times on a par with, if not better than, manual versions!

All Z Series models also benefit from the latest generation, state-of-the-art Bosch ABS 8 system which includes Electronic Brake Force Distribution. Here, it has been specially calibrated to match each of HSV’s exclusive braking packages to ensure they continue the tradition of powerful, fade free retardation combined with excellent pedal feel. Mechanical Brake Assist is also fitted to all Z Series models to assist in maximising brake performance during emergency braking situations.

The HSV Performance Braking package – standard on Maloo, ClubSport, Senator, GTO Coupé and Grange – has been up-rated with Corvette C6-type twin-piston front callipers. They are more rigid in construction and deliver a higher clamping force and increased brake pedal feel.

In response to customer demand the race-bred HSV AP Racing Six-Piston Brake System – which sensationally debuted on GTS models – is now available as an option on Maloo R8 and ClubSport R8. With six-piston front and four-piston rear callipers acting on 362mm front and 343mm rear grooved discs, this is still one of the most powerful braking systems fitted to any production car in the world today.
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My boys have done good. :)

But in many cases they are just catching up not pulling ahead. The Bosch system for example, electronic throttle another and so on,

The engine claimed performance probably isn't as bad as it could have been for Ford. On paper the 7kws and 10nm aren't much but the drivability of the new LS2 might be a telling blow.

I wonder how long HSV and Holden for that matter will keep dragging up this DIN garbage. Someone should tell them independant testing is not proving this claim to be fact.

Interesting pick of manual ratios. Is this box the same as what FPV will be using?

Perhaps the Clubbie R8 might have more technical options and 19' wheels across the range! Prices have been kept in check.
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Those exhaust tips look tiny (thats about the only bad thing I can come up with )
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A great day for true performance enthusiasts (thanks HSV - as always). I have to say they're doing quite well considering the platform they are working from.

So, FPV is "the next exciting stage in our evolution to become the undisputed leading high-performance vehicle manufacturer in Australia". We're waiting...
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Jeezus i´m sitting in Austria at the moment now and the old Holden boys haven´t been napping have they. We can only hope (clutch at straws really) that Ford Australia has the best kept secret in the world sitting under wraps (a monster of a GTHO that´ll flog a Ferrari or something).
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Not a olden fan at all, but I must say, it looks like they have hit the nail on the head.

Where are you FPV???
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WOW...now they look better than the VY models although the back still looks bad. The GTO coupe looks great (as always) even with the scoops. Oh dear suddenly the gap between FPV and HSV has widened. FPV what are you going to do??????
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the gto coupe looks good even though they stole our blueprint colour
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still looks just like the VY and just as ugly.
and how would the slugbox POS 4sp auto be quicker then the 6sp man down the quater, I dont think so.
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