Holden has introduced the Maloo R8, ClubSport R8 and Clubsport R8 Tourer SV Black Editions at the Australian International Motor Show (AIMS).
Designed to appeal to the discriminating hoon, the models feature matte black accents, a ventilated hood, a sport-tuned suspension and exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the cabin is outfitted with leather seats, revised trim, special edition sill plates and an individually-numbered plaque.
Power comes from a 6.2-liter V8 engine that develops 431 PS (317 kW / 425 hp) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission, but a six-speed automatic is also available.
The SV Black Editions will be launched in September and production will be limited to 100 units each (25 for the ClubSport R8 Tourer).
Besides the high-performance HSVs, Holden also introduced a variety of Chevrolet-based models.
First up, the Holden Colorado concept is a rebadged Chevrolet Colorado that features aggressive styling, LED lighting units and 20-inch alloy wheels. Power comes from a 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine, but specifics weren't released. The production model will be launched in 2012.
Likewise, the Cruze hatchback concept is a revision of the Chevy Cruze hatchback concept that debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The production model will be unveiled later this year and it will be built in Australia.
Lastly, the Holden Barina is Aussie for Chevrolet Aveo / Sonic. It will be launched in October with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that can be mated to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.
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