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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 2nd 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au CARSguide —9 She’s a beauty and a beast small torque HSVW427 Price: from $155,500. Engine: seven-litreOHVLS790-degree V8. Transmission: six-speed manual, reaar-wheel drive. Power:375kW@6500rpm. Torque:640Nm@5000rpm. Performance:0-100km/h4.7 seconds.Top speed250km/h(limited). Fuel consumption: 17.2litres/100km, tank73 litres. Emissions:405g/km. Suspension:MacPhersonstruts, stabiliser bar (front); multi-link with coil springsand stabiliser bar (rear). Brakes: four-wheel ventilated discs(380mm frontand350mmrear), with six-piston front calipers. Dimensions: length4974mm,width 1899mm,height1462mm,wheelbase 2915mm,track fr/rr1592/1590mm,cargo volume 496litres, weight 1847kg. Asthe key is turned back to the off position, theHSVbeancounters are closing the order booksonthe sedan Stuart Martin has just driven siasts — lucky buggers. It’s a 20th anniversary present T but just 131 cars will go to buyers who are aiming to reap the bene- fits of a heritage that began with a far less subtle and—frankly, ugly — vehicle, the Group A SS VL Commodore, aka the ‘‘Walkin- shaw’’. Some say $155,500 is a lot of money for a Commodore, but while the DNA is there, it’s mu- tated into a form that offers so much more than an Omega re- pmobile. Let’s run through the highlights package, starting with the heart of the beast, shared with only one other vehicle — the Corvette Z06. The LS7 dry-sumped seven-litre V8 packs a stack of good gear, including ceramic-coated, high- flow exhaust, a cold-air intake—it cranks out 375kW and 640Nm and there’s no namby-pamby automat- ic transmission here — just a toughened six-speed Tremec gear- box, a clutch and a strengthened limited slip differential. The computer-controlled side of the beast includes stability con- trol, anti-lock brakes with electro- nic brake-force distribution, elec- tronic brake assist and the clever Magnetic Ride Control system. The tricky damper system has been recalibrated to suit the new 30 per cent stiffer springs and other suspension tweaks, which sits the W42720mmlower than the GTS on which it is based. The W427 gets unique 20-inch alloy wheels, which could be a magnet for kerb damage given the wheels bow out — if you ever bothered to stop and parallelpark it. The look from the front is pure muscle, menace and considerable intent — big flared nostrils and a deep front splitter — but the rear end is more subtle, with a carbon- fibre rear-lip spoiler and quad- exhausts. The rear pipes have mufflers that are bi-modal, HSV-speak for an active exhaust that opens up and screams like Barnesy gargling chainsaws, but in a good way. Discreet cruising is easily and INSTANT CLASSIC: The HSV W427 is a blast to drive and behold. HElast of theHSV W427s have been ordered for delivery to just a handful of Australian car enthu- surprisingly achievable, offering low to mid teens’ fuel use as well, but the full throttle bellow is up there with the best of any V8 ever. The LS7 has ample low-down grunt but loves to rev, even moreso than the standard HSV V8 range. It is light on its feet and surprisingly nimble for a big car, with the MRC providing a decent ride quality in its normal mode. The drivetrain feels bulletproof but not at the expense of day-to- day ease of use — the six-speed gearbox shifts cleanlyandquickly, something its ancestors haven’t managed at all and this one is coping with 640Nm. The cabin has changed a lot less than some expected — the GTS seats have been trimmed in lurid red leather with W427logos, as has the sports steering wheel. The remainder of the cabin is similar to the GTS donor car, with alloy pedals, the HSV trio of gauges — volts, oil temp and oil pressure. HRT race driver Will Davison has spent a few days in the W427 and says as far as a road car goes it’s the closest thing available to a racecar. ‘‘It’s obviously not as aggressive as the racecar, you couldn’t drive that on the road, but it’s as close as it gets,’’ he says. Davison says he was quick to ring his V8 Supercar colleagues and rave about the ultimate HSV road car. ‘‘It’s a pretty impressive car — this thing feels pretty tight and stops unbelievably well. Many road cars don’t have the suspen- sion or brakes to match,’’ he says. The only options on the list are satnav, a sunroof and a rear DVD screen linked to the standard Blaupunkt 230-watt 6CD sound system with 11 speakers including subwoofers, but why you’d bother to turn them on with a V8 orchestra up front is beyond me. The chance for a last-blast was too good to pass up and it might be a long time before a good one pops up in the Carsguide classifieds. But those who have signed up are getting an Australian V8 mu- sclecar that could easily be driven dail: the HSV W427 has classic written all over it. 05 Hyundai FX Elantra 2.0l manual, a/c, p/s, keyless entry, elec windows. P Starromise balance of new car warranty 5 P Starromise Choice of colours, just quality used cars... ???????????????????? ?????????????????????????? ??????????????????????? ????????????????????? ???????????????????????? ????????????????? 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