If you’re a regular Auto Waffle reader, you know that I love utes. Meet the Holden HSV GTS Maloo – the latest and greatest. The want is strong in this one.
It’s bold. It’s brash. It’s beautiful. It’s the Holden HSV GTS Maloo.
HSV stands for Holden Special Vehicles. Think of this like the Australian version of AMG or the BMW’s M. They take normal cars and make them great. And fast.
In this case, really fast. Thanks to the plentiful and versatile General Motors parts bin, this ute packs a punch equal to that of the Camaro ZL-1. It receives the same 6.2 liter superchanrged V8, and it delivers 576 horsepower and an earth-moving 545 lb.-ft. of torque.
That’s all we know about the GTS Maloo right now as far as performance specs, but we do know that it’s rear-wheel drive and power makes it to the ground with either a 6-speed automatic (boo), or 6-speed manual transmission (hooray for Ameristralia!)
We don’t know how much it’s going to cost, either, but we know it will be expensive. There will only be 250 copies made of the high-speed utility, and each will be numbered. The GTS Maloo will come standard with a whole host of features including sport seats, aluminum pedals, heads-up display (which is really cool, and I got to play with the one in a Camaro ZL1 the other day, but I digress…), and more. For safety features, there will also be a lane departure warning system, forward collision alert, huge six-piston AP Racing calipers, and rain sensing wipers.
The GTS Maloo is without question the most powerful ute in the world. Unfortunately for us here in America, that statistic hasn’t meant much since the demise of the beloved El Camino in the 1980s, but I for one hold out hope that we can once again experience lovely vehicles like this.
This six-minute video showcases Holden Racing Team V8 Supercars driver Garth Tander as the voiceover. You can see everything about the new GTS Maloo, including the unique bodywork and unique 20″ wheels, and of course, even learn some things.
I want a GTS Maloo. Time to start saving my pennies and wait for the 25 year rule.
Check out the whole gallery of the new Holden HSV GTS Maloo below.