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As nobody has posted anything about this yet I finally retrieved the mag from the beach-house:

BA Auto Pursuit vs VYII Manual Maloo R8

Ute mag had both of these vehicles at the same time and couldn't pass up the opportunity to do a comparo despite the mismatched boxes.

Most of the article was subjective judgements of the interior/exterior and features. Overall they were a little more in favour of the Maloo, slightly better rear suspension (though not by much). Better integrated hardlid although they preferred the Pursuit front styling. Blah blah blah... :zzz:

NOW, the most interesting bit:

Back to back dyno tests at Power Torque Engine in Brissie showed the Auto Pursuit getting a "faultless, repeatable performance" with a best of 217kW @ 174kph and 489Nm @ 103kph. The Manual Maloo was a "little more temperamental...as the engine warmed to the task, power dropped off". First run was best, 209kW @ 153kph and 496Nm @ 147kph. The article went on to say that rumours that the Boss V8's were putting out more than claimed "wasn't true for this Pursuit at least", but that the Maloo came in with "power up to expectations".

If we allow a conservative drivetrain loss of 25% for the auto Pursuit then it would have been doing almost dead on 290fwkW. As for the Maloo, if we use the same loss even though it's a manual, under 280fwkW. Well under the claimed 292kW if using the same DIN scale; and power dropped off from there!

I know there are plenty of variables, k's on the clock, inconsistencies between engines etc. but the Maloo either had very low k's or was a real stinker. The LS1 specialist at the shop blamed the LS1's poor behaviour on the power management over-fueling the engine at higher temps. It would still whip the Pursuit's ass, but still not quite what HSV claims it to be...or maybe the dyno got "confused" with all this talk of ECE versus DIN and compensated the wrong way. :angel:

P.S. Outcome of the review was: buy both ute's, Pursuit for weekdays and Maloo for weekend blasting. No surprise here, so far this mag has been very diplomatic with Ford and Holden reviews, choosing not to alienate any of it's niche fan-base.
 

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Madder said:
P.S. Outcome of the review was: buy both ute's, Pursuit for weekdays and Maloo for weekend blasting. No surprise here, so far this mag has been very diplomatic with Ford and Holden reviews, choosing not to alienate any of it's niche fan-base.
It's not the fan-base, it's the advertisers who they won't upset, without them, there is no magazine.......

Rick.
 

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P.S. Outcome of the review was: buy both ute's, Pursuit for weekdays and Maloo for weekend blasting. No surprise here, so far this mag has been very diplomatic with Ford and Holden reviews, choosing not to alienate any of it's niche fan-base.[/QUOTE]


Funny that!!!

November 03 MOTOR mag said the same about the GT and 285kW clubbie!!
 

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Now i know that the pursuit was suto and the maloo was manual, but did they say how fast they both went from 0-100 kph??
 

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Another review I witnessed recently on this forum, which was done my either MOTOR or Wheels only recently gave it to the Pursuit as being the faster of the two (both manual). If your comparing any auto car with the equivalent manual version, you don't have to be a brain surgeon to work out that the auto will in most cases get the 'easy to live with' tag while the manual will get the 'fun' tag.

The result probably would have been the opposite if the Pursuit was manual and Maloo was auto!
 

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LS1's are very inconsisent in terms of power. Some are good some are very crap. Motor magazine must use the good ones picked by Holden to run the times they do.
 
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