We knew Holden planned on using leftover Pontiac G8 hoods for a special edition car, but we didn’t know the result — the HSV E Series 2 — would be so wild.
Although the larger Senator and Grange models sport a different look, E Series 2 models built off the Holden Commodore — the G8’s base — make use of the leftover Pontiac parts. We’ll give HSV stylists credit: They’ve modified the split grille considerably, crafting a wild front fascia that would make Mad Max proud.
<;P class=MsoNormal>Arguably, the “tamer” models are the Clubsport R8 E Series 2 models, which are approximately as close to a G8 GXP as your Australian dollar will buy. Available in sedan, wagon (“Tourer”), and ute (“Maloo”) forms, the E Series 2 models include a 425-hp LS3 6.2-liter V-8, your choice of a six-speed manual or automatic transmission (the former includes launch control), and 19-inch wheels. Buyers can opt for leather-trimmed seats, 20-inch wheels, and a bi-modal exhaust -- not unlike the system found on the Corvette.
<;P class=MsoNormal>Those features are standard on the HSV GTS E Series 2, which is arguably the top of the limited-edition lineup. Holden boosts the LS3 V-8 to a scorching 435 hp, adds a competition-tuned stability control system, magnetic ride control, and four-piston front and rear brake calipers. As far as we can tell, the only option available is to spring for larger six-pistion front brake calipers, which also add unique wheel accents.
<;P class=MsoNormal>All this fun comes at a cost, however. The Maloo R8 E Series 2 is the cheapest, stickering for approximately $54,000 USD. $57,000 fetches the R8 E Series 2 sedan, and an extra grand brings home the R8 Tourer wagon. The granddaddy GTS, however, stickers for the equivalent of $70,000.