HSV has announced a new addition to the luxury and performance garage with confirmation that an HSV 'Tourer' will be launched later this year.

Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) has today announced that the R8 Tourer will join the ClubSport R8 in its luxury and performance line-up later this year. In October sales will start in Australia of the R8 Tourer, the wagon version of the ClubSport R8.

Performance of the R8 Tourer will be similar to the ClubSport R8, but pricing and final specifications are not yet available and will be released closer to the launch date. Just like the other V8 powered cars in the HSV range, the new R8 Tourer will also be using the new LS3 engine.

The 6.2 liter LS3 V8 has replaced the 6.0 liter LS2 V8 and can boast with 425 hp / 317 kW and 550 Nm of torque. How much the added weight of the wagon model will slow the R8 down we will soon know but we can rest assured that this family car will a fun drive. Is this then what the Pontiac G8 wagon could have been?

Gallery: HSV R8 Tourer Unveiled (AU)