Australia’s favorite sports car is getting some updates for 2011, but not much has changed aesthetically, or mechanically for that matter. What HSV has done is added a slew of technological updates to the E-series to come up with the new E-Series 3. The sports car will go on sale at the end of this month.
The most impressive technological advancement for the E-Series 3 is the new Enhanced Driver Interface. This interface allows vehicle performance data to get pushed to the car’s touch screen display, something we are sure everyone would find amazing and helpful. Adding to the technology is also HSV’s new Side Blind Alert which is optional on all models in the 3 range and the Liquid Propane Injection which comes on all of the models except the Clubsport R8 Tourer . The interior will receive a new ‘Oracle’ dash, a new model specific stainless steel ID plate on the center console, new twin-stitch seat trims on GTS and Senator Signature, as well as a new leather color in Turismo Rosso and a Piano black trim on the center console and steering wheel.
The list of standard equipment includes the Enhanced Driver Interface, reverse camera with rear park assist, satellite navigation, and touchscreen radio with iPod connectivity.
Since nothing was mentioned of the engine options, we are going to assume that the E-Series 3 will be powered by the same heart stopping V8 engine that was found on the previous model . This engine allows the Australian sports car to produce 431hp with the top of the line GTS models getting 442hp.
The Holden E-Series 3 is definitely not a bad gig for the Land Down Under. We only wish we could get our hands on one of these in the States. It looks like something that would be right up our alley.
Press release after the jump.
Australia’s high performance car manufacturer Holden Special Vehicles is pleased to announce the launch of its new E Series 3, featuring a host of Australian production car firsts, and interior upgrades to the HSV range.
- HSV’s new Enhanced Driver Interface, which streams vehicle performance data directly to the new touch screen display.
- Liquid Propane Injection 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 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;
- New ‘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;
- Enhanced Driver Interface
- Reverse camera with rear park assist
- Satellite navigation
- Touchscreen radio with iPod connectivity
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 to know HSV is passionate about creating and building great all-round performance cars. More and more of our customers are showing greater interest in new technology, and have expressed a desire for unique points of difference in their vehicles. 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.”
HSV’s new E Series 3 will arrive in showrooms at the end of this month.