Holden Special Vehicles has launched a new E Series 3 for 2011, featuring a host of upgrades
The new HSV E3 ranges brings more technology and restyled interiors.
The new line-up includes the ClubSport R8, ClubSport R8 Tourer, Maloo R8, Senator Signature, Grange and GTS. There's no entry-level GXP.
There are three brand new technologies on the new models:
- HSV’s new Enhanced Driver Interface (EDI), which streams vehicle performance data directly to the new touch screen display.
- Liquid Propane Injection (LPI) is the first system of its kind on an Australian production car, and is available as an option on all models, except for the Clubsport R8 Tourer.
- HSV’s new Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA) will be available as an option on every model in the E3 range – and is standard on Grange.
In addition to technological innovation, HSV has added a significant set of unique interior updates to the E Series 3, including:
- ‘Oracle’ dash
- New model specific stainless steel ID plate on the centre console
- New twin-stitch seat trims on GTS and Senator Signature, as well as a new leather colour in Turismo Rosso.
- New binnacle gauges
- Piano black trim on the centre console and steering wheel
The final stand-out aspect of the E Series 3 range is a raft of new standard features being offered on all HSV models, specifically the EDI, reverse camera with rear park assist, satellite navigation and touchscreen radio with iPod connectivity.
For the petrolheads the HSV EDI adopts some exciting V8 racecar technology. It has a stopwatch and lap timing function that includes data on tracks such as Bathurst's Mount Panorama, Phillip Island and Winton. Owners can also input their own lap data in conjunction with the satellite-navigation system. Once captured, up to an hour's worth of data can be downloaded via a USB stick for use on a PC with a customised program that comes with the car.
HSV’s Managing Director, Phil Harding, believes the new E3 range has reached a new level of sophistication and continues the company’s long history of innovation.
“Our E3 range is an example of HSV’s passion for innovation, and determination to bring world leading technology to vehicles,” he said.
“You only have to look at EDI, LPI, and SBZA (Side Blind Zome Alert) to know HSV is passionate about creating and building great all-round performance cars.
“The combination of new technologies, stylish interior improvements, and a continued focus on all-round performance further strengthens HSV’s position as the ultimate in Australian-made performance cars.”
Only the HSV Grange gets more power, adopting the 325kW version of the same engine once reserved for the flagship GTS.
The entry-level ClubSport R8 sedan and wagon and Maloo R8 ute stick with the 317kW version of the Chevrolet Corvette-sourced 6.2-litre V8. The more luxurious Senator Signature also gets the 317kW engine.
However, all HSV sedans are now available with an LPG kit (LPI).
HSV’s new E Series 3 will arrive in Australian showrooms at the end of this month.
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