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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 26th 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---3 rivals a run for their money NO PERFORMANCE ANXIETY: The 2010 HSV E-Series 2 Clubsport rides, steers and behaves exceptionally well for a performance sedan. driving THE quickest way to distinguish the latest HSV range is by the retina- sizzling daytime running lights. These are across every model except the Grange. Look past the dazzling lights and you see an enhanced, aggressive styling job that looks better in the flesh than photos. Extroverts will love the styling, but in our eyes they have lost some of the visual subtlety of the E1 cars. HSV chose the Winton race track in Victoria to show off the E2 cars. On the highway, there are no surprises with either the Clubsport or GTS. They ride, steer and behave exceptionally well for performance sedans. It is only when you get to a racetrack that the GTS is almost in a league of its own. Even though the 317kW Clubsport has plenty of poke, the GTS cranks things up to 325kW and throws in some massive optional stoppers and its great magnetic ride control sus- pension. Then there is the bark of the GTS's bi-modal exhaust, which will have HSV fans weak at the knees. Apart from the cracking V8, the magnetic ride control delivers the type of plush ride that defies descrip- tion, particularly given the GTS's massive 20-inch wheels and paper- thin rubber. The adjustable MRC provides constant suspension adjust- ment to match the road conditions and your driving style. Flick the GTS through some tight S-bends and body roll is well controlled. The GTS --- along with the rest of the range --- gets the competition mode enhancements. On the track this lifts the intervention threshold to allow more enthusiastic driving without completely eliminating the traction nannies. It's fun and you can explore the handling limits inside a safe threshold. As the range-topper the GTS is a complete performance car. The six- speed manual is precise and surpris- ingly easy to use. HSV says GTS buyers typically come from more expensive European brands and they won't be disap- pointed. It is a performance blueblood that can hold its head high against some much-vaunted Europeans. For $80,990, the GTS gives you plenty of locally developed bang for your buck. small torque HSV E-Series II Price: $80,990 Engine: 6.2-litre LS3 Gen 4 V8 Power: 325kW at 6000 revs Torque: 550Nm at 4600 revs Transmission: Six-speed manual or six-speed sequential auto Consumption: 14.8 litres/ 100km (13.9 litres/100km auto) CO2: 352g/km, 329g/km (auto)
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