Following last week’s Holden VFII Commodore debut, HSV has finally pulled the wraps off the 2016 Gen-F2 range, armed to the teeth with 543 PS (400 kW) and 600 Nm (495 lb-ft) of peak torque.
This 6.2 liter supercharged LSA Generation IV alloy V8 power unit will take up residence under the hood of the ClubSport R8 LSA, ClubSport R8 Tourer LSA, Maloo R8 LSA and Senator Signature models, meaning that pretty much everyone will be able to enjoy this considerable power upgrade (up from 461 PS), regardless of what their practical needs may be.
In addition, the Gen-F2 also features modifications to the passive suspension, where the spring and damper rates have been stiffened to reduce body-roll and “improve corner-entry response”. In other words, it should handle better. Customers will be able to choose between a 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed heavy duty automatic transmission, though if you want Launch Control, you can only get it on the manual version.
Styling changes across the range include modified bumpers (front & rear), re-designed side skirts, hood vents and new 20″ alloys for the GTS, Maloo and ClubSport versions. The top-of-the-range GTS comes with Hyper Dark Stainless forged wheels, measuring 20×8.5 at the front and 20×9.5 at the rear – we are after all talking about slightly more power with this version.
Yes, the Gen-F2 GTS has 584 PS and a whooping 740 Nm (545 lb-ft) of torque, as well as torque vectoring tech, and a NASCAR-inspired brake package with forged 6-piston front calipers with 2 piece front and rear rotors.
There’s also Generation 3 MRC available (Magnetic Ride Control) which comes with 3 independent settings in the GTS: Touring, Sport and Track – since as an owner, you probably won’t want to drive it like you stole it 100% of the time. As far as prices are concerned, you can buy into the Gen-F2 range by going for the ClubSport R8 LSA (manual) model, which should set you back $80,990 (before on-road costs). The ClubSport R8 Tourer LSA is $85,990 and it’s only available with a 6-speed automatic transmission. By the way, we’re talking AUD here, not USD.
The top spec GTS version will cost you no less than $95,990 ($98,490 auto), but the extra 30 kW and 69 Nm, as well as the bigger brakes, should make for a more capable track car. Source: Carscoops