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The Mercury Cars Guide : October 17th 2009
2--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, October 17, 2009 A triumphant It has been a great month for Holden and its performance offshoot Holden Special Vehicles, and the future of the popular grunt cars'' seems bright indeed. Neil McDonald reports POWER: The HSV E2 range certainly looks more distinctive as well as more aggressive than the previous E1 models. LAST weekend's Bathurst 1, 2, 3 result, and the favour- able response to its new E2 Series, is setting the Holden up for a good year. HSV sales are tipped to hit around 3000 for the year, just a few hundred shy of last year's result, which HSV chief Phil Harding reckons is pretty damn good in the current economic climate. Since Sunday too, having Bathurst winners Garth Tander and Will Davison on side as HSV ambassa- dors cannot hurt the brand's status. Both Tander and Davison were involved in developing the new E2 GTS, tweaking the car's ride and handling along with HSV engineers. The company can rightly claim the GTS has proven race-bred perfor- mance, which is important to HSV's heartland. But let's get to the grunt. For the E2 cars, HSV has taken the opportun- ity to lift GTS power by 8kW to 325kW/550Nm for the 6.2-litre V8, while the ClubSport, Maloo, Senator and Grange carry over with 317kW/ 550Nm. Apart from the Bathurst brush with fame, the E2 introduces bolder ''look-at-me'' styling as well as some new driver-oriented gear. All E2 cars get Audi-style daytime LED running lights set into the bumper and a competition setting for motorsport track days that lifts the threshold for the stability control system. Manual models also get a launch- control feature. Fuel economy --- despite HSV research showing it is not being a high priority for owners --- has been improved slightly, too. Chief engineer Joel Stoddart says improved economy was one of the goals of the E2 program. ''We have achieved up to 4.5 per cent improvement in fuel economy, with an auto ClubSport R8 now returning 13.9 litres per 100km,'' he said. What buyers did tell HSV is that they wanted greater visual differen- tiation for the GTS, as befits its status. If you really want to be noticed though the GTS is the pick of the pack. The massive wheel and tyre pack- age and ''shockwave'' hourglass styl- ing graphics of the front bumper and deep rear bumpers lends an air of purpose to the already brash sedan. Like the rest of the range, the GTS's retina-sizzling daytime run- ning lights let everyone know you're driving HSV's latest and greatest. Borrowing the twin bonnet scoops from Holden's Pontiac G8 export cars for the Clubsport, GTS and Maloo adds an air of menace to the new- comers. The twin scoops and more asser- tive grille on the sportier models are designed to separate them from the luxury cars in the range. The Senator and Grange miss out on the scoops and HSV says even if buyers wanted to, the bonnets cannot be interchanged. Apart from being more distinctive, customers also wanted to be able to trick out their cars with more personal touches. HSV has responded by introducing an upgraded option package called SV Enhanced across the range, which it expects to be very popular. The SV pack includes a freer- flowing ''bi-modal'' exhaust that pro- duces a meatier sound at higher revs, leather seats and 20-inch wheels on the Clubsport and Maloo. The GTS also gets a recalibrated magnetic ride-control suspension that is 20mm lower and 30 per cent stiffer with wider wheels that really fill out the mudguards. All that will set you back $3790 on the GTS while the trick exhaust is $2290 on other models. Clubsport buyers can add perfor- mance suspension for $1850 or opt for the SV Enhanced kit with 20-inch wheels, bi-modal exhaust, perfor- mance suspension and leather for $7450. To make sure the neighbours know you're driving something dif- ferent, buyers ordering the options get special badges to differentiate them from standard E2 models. Prices remain the same, with the Clubsport opener from $65,990 while the GTS and Senator Signature rise $700 to $80,990 and $82,990. www.thecarmart.com.au 6211 0566 14 Derwent Park Rd, Derwent Park David Strang 0404 724 986 Mark Patterson 0417 025 936 Todd Jackson 0419 514 956 Rob Sylvester 0418 124 226 (Finance) Easy on-site finance available 14539jayne 96 Proton Wira XLi 1.6lt auto, p/s, electrics, neat & tidy. $3995 87 Saab 900 GLE 2.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, rego 6/2010. $1800 97 Toyota Corolla CSi 1.6lt auto, a/c, p/s, popular shape. $4995 00 Holden VT Commodore II 3.8lt auto, p/s, a/c, alloys. Be early. $6995 00 Toyota Corolla CSi 1.8lt p/s, a/c, SAVE $1000 NOW. $7995 96 Hyundai Excel LX 1.5lt , p/s, a/c, cheap first car. $2995 92 Mitsubishi Triton 4WD dual cab ute 2.5lt manual, p/s, a/c, turbo diesel, extras. $7995 02 Holden Barina SRi 1.8lt manual, p/s, a/c, alloys, 90,000km. $8995 95 Toyota Corolla CSi 1.6lt manual, p/s, 167,000km. $4995 96 Mitsubishi Lancer Coupe 1.5lt manual, p/s, economical. $4995 92 Toyota Hilux ute 2.4lt manual, p/s, tint, sunraysias. $5995 97 Toyota Starlet Life 1.3lt auto, 146,000km, great little car, $4995 . $7995 $5995 03 Hyundai Elantra XD 1.8lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, 57,000km, excellent value. Be quick. 98 Holden Barina Cabrio 1.4lt manual, p/s, a/c, alloys, 99,000, something different, ready for summer. Heavily reduced. Specialising in cars... Under$10,000 www.thecarmart.com.au
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