Meet the world’s fastest ute- the HSV GTS Maloo. A ute is an abbreviation for “utility” or “coupé utility” – a term used originally in Australia and New Zealand to describe passenger vehicles with a cargo tray in the rear. Remember the Chevrolet El Camino? While the rest of the world seems have moved on with coupe utility vehicles, Australia still seems to have a fancy for that body style and General Motor’s Australian subsidiary Holden is making the most of that Aussie characteristic, with popular models like the Commodore and the Maloo.
The Holden Maloo ute has been around for a while and now, HSW (Holden Special Vehicles)- Holden’s go-faster division is ready with a ute which close to 570 hp from a supercharged, 6.2 liter V8 engine- shared with the HSW GTS sedan on which it is based. The HSV GTS Maloo is claimed to reach 100km/h from standstill in just 4.5 seconds- stupefying performance figures for something which can haul farm goods in the back.
Other standard features shared with the GTS sedan include 20-inch ‘Blade’ forged alloy wheels (with darker finish), daytime running lights, head-up display, rain-sensing wipers, forward collision and lane departure warning systems, and performance date-computing Enhanced Driver Interface. Holden Special Vehicles is building a limited run of 250 GTS Maloos, up from the initially announced figure of 150 which got sold out in 24 hours, with a price tag somewhere between $85,000 and $90,000. The HSV GTS Maloo pictured here features the company’s new hero colour, Jungle Green.
HSV boss Tim Jackson said: “We have been working on this project for a couple of years now. There are a number of unique elements required to integrate the (supercharged V8) into the Maloo platform, and significant time in getting all the safety and performance technologies to operate effectively.”