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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 25th 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---3 horsepower FINE DROP: The HSV E3 Grange. driving With no mechanical changes to the new models, driving dynamics are the same. But even though HSV engineers say there are no changes, the clutch felt a little lighter in the manual models. Ride is firm but fair on the road, although the rear can be noisy over sharp hits. Magnetic ride which is standard on the Grange, Senator and GTS has a ''luxury'' damper setting which takes the sting out of the bumps. The cars felt more at home in a short session at Broadford motorcycle race track north of Melbourne. Here the magnetic ride was switched to ''performance'' and the cars flowed through the tricky set of corners. Switch the traction control to ''competitive'' mode and you can play hero, allowing the back to drift out, but not far enough to cause alarm. Traction control can also be turned off totally. The extra width in the front tyres of the Grange give it more directional stability and turn-in, allowing quick change of direction on the Broadford esses. verdict The addition of the EDI and data logging is a gimmick that some will find enticing, while the satnav is past its due date and should justify some of the price rise. But it is unlikely that the data gimmick will be a key selling point for buyers of Senator and Grange. Innovative injection proves to be a real gas READY FOR A CHANGE: HSV's LPi button. T HE biggest hurdle to HSV's new dual-fuel gas/petrol alternative is ''eliminating the taxi mentality'' from LPG. HSV engineering general manager Joel Stoddart says it was hard enough for company management to overcome the ''taxi mentality''. ''It was even harder to understand this and implement it in a performance car,'' he says. HSV boss Phil Harding says the decision was made two years ago when petrol was about $1.60 a litre. ''Fuel isn't that price now, but no one will be able to tell me what the price will be in future,'' he says. The HSV liquid propane injection (LPi) system was developed with Orbital Engineering. The LPi system features a multi- valve fuel delivery module, meaning that each of the engine's eight cylinders has both an LPG injector and a petrol injector attached to it. Stoddart says they designed the system to look like original equipment, ''not an afterthought''. There is no loss in peak power or torque as the engine switches to petrol over 4000rpm. Stoddart says there is also little change to the power and torque curves when running on gas. ''Maintaining engine and handling performance was important. We didn't want to dilute the car,'' he says. The engine starts in petrol mode, then switches seamlessly between LPG and petrol as required. Running on LPG, carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced by up to 15 per cent and fuel costs can be decreased by up to 50 per cent, depending on the price of LPG and driving styles. The boot loses about 165l of space, and weight is increased by about 100kg when the LPG tank is full. LPi is a $5990 option available on all but the ClubSport R8 Tourer, and costs $6390 on the Maloo ute because a new tub liner is required. It is also eligible for the Government's $2000 gas rebate. MARK HINCHLIFFE Jill Coyle Sales Executive, AutoRent Hertz Stability + Traction Control, cruise ctrl, airbags, antilock brakes, CD player, electric driver s seat, MP3. 3.5L auto. Warranty. Colour choice. remote keyless entry, immob, alarm. Pwr windows & mirrors. (spoilers and alloys avail for extra cost; please ask) 4.0L auto, cruise ctrol, air cond, airbags, pwr windows, keyless entry + immob, reverse parking sensors, CD/radio, tint windows, tow bar. 1 year warr. Popular 1.8L auto, ABS, cruise ctrl, airbags, CD player, keyless entry, immob, beautiful ambience -- perfect small-mid size car. Warr. Just perfect small auto sedan. Zippy 1.6L auto, pwr wind, pwr steering, air cond, CD, height adjustable driver s seat. Immob/alarm. Approx 2 yr warr. Seats 8 with amazing room and boot space. Cup holders, drinks trays , dual-zone air cond, pwr wind -- rear side hinged, immob, ABS, cruise ctrl, airbags, CD player. 3.8L auto. Warr. Auto, 4 cyl, 2.4L , 6 airbags, ABS, cruise ctrl, Audio/ MP3, CD player/radio/cassette, pwr windows, air cond with pollen filter, immob + alarm, superb velour seats, beautiful ambience, Approx 2 year warranty. $17990 $12800 $17990 $12290 $22990 $13990 All prices include GST. Vehicles for illustration purposes only. Ask for full warranty conditions. Price does not include 3% State Government Stamp Duty and $24.45 transfer of registration applies. 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