Holden Special Vehicles has prepared a trio of special editions to mark the end of road for the naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V8 LS3 engine.

First up, the “SV Black” will be available for ClubSport R8 and Maloo R8 versions and as the name suggests, it brings a series of black accents. Lurking behind the Satin Black 20-inch wheels are forged four-piston AP Racing brake calipers also finished in black. To spice things up, HSV has applied a black finish on the door surrounds as well as for the lower door accenting.

HSV will add a shadow chrome look for the exhaust tips and a bunch of black badging to denote it’s not an ordinary model. There’s not much going on inside the cabin, but SV Black cars do receive unique sill plates and body-hugging sports bucket seats dressed in leather.

The SV Black special edition will enter production next month and will cost $62,990 for the Maloo R8 SV Black (limited to 350 units) and $65,990 if you go for the Clubsport R8 SV Black (limited to 100 units).

It will be joined in September by the Grange SV which will be even more exclusive, with only 50 cars planned for production at $86,990 apiece. These will ride on 20-inch Rapier Gloss Black forged alloy wheels and will have just about the same array of black body accents, along with shadow chrome exhaust tips. As it’s the case with the SV Black, the Grange SV cars will be individually numbered and will have unique sill plates.

Lastly, the ClubSport R8 Track Edition benefits from 20-inch Blade forged alloy wheels teamed up with yellow AP Racing forged six-piston brake calipers. It also has the performance suspension, a Hyperflow Performance spoiler, and a sports steering wheel covered in suede. 150 units for Australia will be made starting September and will be sold for $68,990.

At the heart of all three special editions is going to be a naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine pushing out a meaty 456 horsepower (340 kilowatts) at 6,100 rpm and 421 pound-feet (570 newton meters) of torque at 4,650 rpm. A six-speed manual is standard for the SV Black and ClubSport R8 Track Edition, but HSV also offers an optional six-speed automatic that comes standard on the Grange SV.

HSV has revealed production of all LS3-powered cars is scheduled to come to an end in October, so these special editions will be the very last vehicles to be blessed with the mighty LS3.

Source: Holden Special Vehicles

HSV closes out LS3 V8 models with Black, Grance and Track limited editions

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Australia’s leading performance car manufacturer, HSV, today announced that it will build three limited edition models in 2016 – the very last vehicles ever to feature HSV’s acclaimed 340kW, 6.2 Litre LS3 V8 power-plant.

HSV has not featured its LS3 engine in either of its ClubSport or Maloo models since the release of its MY16 range last October, but its re-introduction will see HSV expand its performance car range even further with limited edition models that offer performance enthusiasts unrivalled value and a “final buy” opportunity.

The first limited edition model to be offered will be “SV Black”, to be available in both ClubSport R8 and Maloo R8 guise.  HSV first offered a limited edition SV Black range back in 2011, and this new model is sure to emulate that success.  Styling is based off the current supercharged ClubSport R8 LSA and Maloo R8 LSA models with unique SV Black features including Satin Black 20” alloy wheels, black AP Racing forged 4-piston brake calipers, black door surrounds and lower door accenting, shadow-chrome exhaust tips and distinctive black badging.

The interior, too, mirrors the supercharged models but with leather-clad sports bucket seats and unique sill and I.D. plates.

With production due to commence in June, Recommended Retail Prices will start at $62,990 for the Maloo R8 SV Black and $65,990 for the ClubSport R8 SV Black.

“These SV Black models represent the very essence of HSV - great value performance cars. They will, quite simply, be the best value limited editions we’ve ever offered”, said HSV’s Managing Director, Tim Jackson.

Two further and final LS3 limited edition models will follow in September with the launch of both “Grange SV” and the race-inspired ClubSport R8 “Track Edition”.

Grange has long been Australia’s ultimate performance limousine and HSV will be building just 50 limited edition Grange SV’s as a final tribute to the nameplate that will cease production at the end of October.

Building on its already impressive list of standard features including its 340kW, LS3 V8 engine, Luxury seats in Onyx leather trim, Magnetic Ride Control suspension and a raft of driver-focused technologies, Grange SV will also feature 20” SV Rapier Gloss Black forged alloy wheels with black AP Racing forged 4-piston brake calipers, shadow-chrome exhaust tips plus distinctive black accenting on the grille surround, driving light bezels, fender vents, mirror scalps, lower air in-take surround, boot-lid applique’, door mouldings and badges. With unique I.D. and sill plates, and each vehicle individually numbered, the vehicle’s exclusivity is assured.

With Recommended Retail Pricing to remain unchanged at $86,990, Grange SV, too, will represent outstanding value. “For almost 20 years, Grange has stood proudly as the long-wheel-base flagship of the HSV range; built to order for a very exclusive customer base. It is a fitting tribute that the last 50 Grange’s ever to be built will carry the exclusive “SV” moniker”, Jackson said.

And finally, the last of HSV’s “LS3” limited edition models, the ClubSport R8 Track Edition, is sure to inspire true motor-sport enthusiasts. As with the ClubSport R8 SV Black, styling of the ClubSport R8 Track Edition will be
based off its supercharged counter-part but with limited edition content including 20” “Blade” forged alloy wheels and yellow AP Racing forged 6-piston brake calipers, both, until now, the sole domain of HSV’s iconic GTS.

The vehicle’s track credentials are further enhanced with upgrades to its performance suspension. Spring and damper rates have been stiffened to reduce body-roll and further improve corner-entry response, while a Hyperflow Performance spoiler and suede-covered sports profile steering wheel further accentuate its track bias.

Unique branding on the I.D. plate and the sill plates add to the exclusivity. With Recommended Retail Pricing to start from just $68,990, and with production to be limited to only 150 vehicles (plus 6 for New Zealand), the Company expects all vehicles to be snapped up well in advance of their build.

“Given the unique track-inspired content, the sharp pricing and the fact that these will be the last LS3 ClubSport R8’s ever built, we’re anticipating strong demand”, Jackson said.

"With all three limited edition models, our focus has been on building vehicles that offer outstanding levels of content, exclusivity and value. We’re confident we’ve delivered on all counts and that our fan base will be eager to capitalise on this last opportunity to buy an LS3-powered HSV, especially at these prices”, he said.

The LS3 V8 engine was first introduced to the HSV range with the E Series in 2008.

Recommended Retail Pricing ($A)

Maloo R8 SV Black (manual) $62,990
ClubSport R8 SV Black (manual) $65,990

Grange SV (auto only) $86,990

ClubSport R8 Track Edition (manual) $68,990

N.B. Model pricing quoted is Recommended Retail Pricing and includes Luxury Car Tax (where applicable) but does not include either a Dealer Delivery Fee or Government Charges.