Holden has built small utility vehicles since the early 1950s. At first it was the Special-based Utility. The Kingswood-based coupe utility followed in 1968 and remained an integral part of the lineup until the model got the axe in 1984. The body style returned in 1990 as part of the Commodore family and adopted the familiar Ute name. Since Chevrolet cut the El Camino from its lineup in 1987, the Ute remained the only mainstream utility coupe manufactured by General Motors. The Holden Ute has become increasingly powerful over the last two decades, especially with HSV building its beefed-up version. Unfortunately, the Ute saga will come to an end in 2016, when Holden is scheduled to cease vehicle manufacturing operations in Australia. As the 2015 model year looms, HSV is bidding farewell to its iconic muscle pickup by launching the GTS Maloo, the most-powerful Ute ever created in Australia.

Still cranky about GM not wanting to import the Commodore Ute to North America? Well, then get ready to have a seizure because the GTS Maloo is the coolest coupe utility since the 1970 El Camino SS 454 LS6. And it’s supercharged!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 HSV GTS Maloo.

  • 2015 HSV GTS Maloo
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
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  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    576 @ 6150
  • Torque @ RPM:
    546 @ 3850
  • Displacement:
    6.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    186 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    86000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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Other features include unique daytime running lamps, revised side skirts, a twin-hump hard tonneau, and shadow-chrome quad exhaust tips.

Visually, the GTS Maloo is essentially a regular Maloo ute fitted with styling cues from the GTS sedan. The pickup borrows the entire front fascia of the GTS, which adds a touch of aggressiveness by means of an aerodynamic bumper with large air dams. Other features include exclusive daytime running lamps, revised side skirts, a twin-hump hard tonneau, and shadow-chrome quad exhaust tips. Rounding off the distinctive package are lightweight, 20-inch "Blade" wheels finished in an exclusive Dark Stainless paint and a unique license plate surround. Naturally, the tailgate is adorned by "LSA" and "GTS" badges.

The GTS Maloo also marks the introduction of two new colors to the HSV range. First up is the Jungle Green seen in the above photos. The second hue — called "Some Like It Hot" — is a rich combination of bronze and red.

Exterior Dimensions

Length 5,121 MM (201.61 Inches)
Width (exc. mirrors) 1,899 MM (74.76 Inches)
Height 1,465 MM (57.67 Inches)
Wheelbase 3,009 MM (118.46 Inches)

Interior

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As with most HSVs, the GTS Maloo features Touring, Sport and Performance modes.

Owners of the limited-edition GTS Maloo will benefit from the same interior as the Maloo R8, but with a few extras on top. The HSV Performance seats come wrapped in Onyx leather as standard, but buyers can also have the optional Red Hot trim for a livelier theme. Another extra feature is HSV’s Driver Preference Dial, an interface that allows the driver to adjust the ute’s ESC, traction control, launch control, torque vectoring, and Bi-Modal Exhaust to three distinct pre-set modes. As with most HSVs, the GTS Maloo features Touring, Sport and Performance modes.

On the technology side, the GTS Maloo is also equipped with a head-up display, forward collision alert, lane departure warning and rain-sensing wipers. Lastly, there’s also HSV’s unique Enhanced Driver Interface system to provide drivers with all the performance data of their ute.

Drivetrain

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The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system detects understeer and applies braking to the inside rear wheel and transfers torque to the outside rear wheel.

Motivating the HSV GTS Maloo is GM’s supercharged, 6.2-liter, LSA V-8 engine. This unit debuted in the Cadillac CTS-V in 2009 and found its way into the Camaro ZL1 starting 2012, and now it generates 576 horsepower and 546 pound-feet of torque under the hood of this ute. That’s 131 ponies and 139 pound-feet of twist more than the Maloo R8, previously the most powerful ute built by HSV. The powerplant mates to either a TR6060 six-speed manual gearbox with or an optional 6L90E six-speed automatic transmission.

HSV has yet to release performance figures, but the GTS Maloo should need fewer than five seconds to accelerate from naught to 60 mph, and top speed likely sits at 180 mph.

Keeping the GTS Maloo on its best behavior is HSV’s torque-vectoring system. Available for the very first time on this Holden Commodore-based ute, torque vectoring helps reduce understeer by generating a "rotational moment" in the rear axle when the vehicle is under power. The electronic stability control (ESC) system detects understeer and applies braking to the inside rear wheel and transfers torque to the outside rear wheel. The system is pretty similar to Porsche’s own torque-vectoring feature. I bet you never thought you’d find something like this in a pickup.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 6.2-liter LSA V-8
Output 576 HP @ 6,150 RPM
Torque 546 LB-FT @ 3,850 RPM
Transmission six-speed manual/six-speed automatic

Prices

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No word on pricing as of 09/15/2014, but HSV did mention production of the GTS Maloo will be limited to only 250 units. 240 of them will be sold in Australia while 10 will find homes in New Zealand. Expect the GTS Maloo to fetch slightly more than the GTS sedan, which is priced from $92,990 in Australia ($84,049 as of 09/15/2014).

Competition

FPV GS Ute

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Just like the Holden Commodore Ute has only one rival in the Ford Falcon Ute, the HSV Maloo only competes against the FPV GS Ute. Much like the Maloo, the GS Ute is a beefed-up version of the Falcon pickup, but FPV’s muscle pickup is nowhere near its rival in terms of power. Whereas the GTS Maloo comes with 576 horsepower and 546 pound-feet of twist, the GS Ute’s supercharged, 5.0-liter, V-8 engine cranks out 422 ponies and 402 pound-feet. Sure, that’s nothing to sneeze at, but the Ford-badged pickup comes with a deficit of 154 horses.

Those looking for something less common can purchase the limited-edition Pursuit Ute. While it doesn’t feature any performance upgrades, the Pursuit stands out in the crowd, thanks to its unique stripe package, special badging and body features borrowed from the F6 high-performance sedan. Needless to say, Ford Performance Vehicles should consider a more powerful special-edition ute before the GS disappears for good.

Conclusion

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The death of Holden is probably the most tragic thing to happen to Australia since Crocodile Hunter’s Steve Irwin and famed racing driver Peter Brock died in 2006. Seeing the Ute go down with the Commodore is equally saddening. Maybe some miracle will finally convince GM to build one in North America for both the U.S. and Australia, but judging by the ute’s recent sales figures that’s not very likely. Be that as it may, the GTS Maloo is doing an excellent job at sending the ute into the history books. One final collectible to mark the end of an era. It comes with a supercharged engine, enough technology to rival with any German rig, and high-impact colors that remind us of the muscle car era. What more could you want besides the ute living past 2016?

  • Leave it
    • * You can’t have it unless you move to Australia
    • * Holden’s death in 2016 means the end of the ute as we know it
    • * Not exactly a bargain

Press Release

Australia’s leading performance car manufacturer, HSV, has confirmed details of an exciting new limited edition model – the GTS Maloo.

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Just 12 months since the launch of the GEN-F GTS, the most powerful production car ever built in Australia, HSV is set to launch a limited edition GTS Maloo which adopts the much acclaimed 430 kilowatt / 740 Newton-metre 6.2 litre Supercharged LSA engine, as well as many of GTS’s safety and performance technologies.

HSV Managing Director Tim Jackson commented, “We have been working on this project for a couple of years now. There are a number of unique elements required to integrate the LSA into the Maloo platform, and significant time in getting all the safety and performance technologies to operate effectively.”

“Every time we launch a vehicle is an exciting time, but we believe the GTS Maloo is something special and sets a new benchmark in the performance market” Jackson said.

Complementing the LSA powertrain will be HSV’s premium braking package – lightweight AP radical forged 6-piston brake calipers with 390mm (front) and 372mm (rear) 2-piece rotors.

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In addition, and what is believed to be a global first for a utility, the GTS Maloo will be fitted with Torque Vectoring. Currently only fitted to a few exclusive global marques and HSV’s GEN-F GTS, Torque Vectoring helps reduce understeer by generating a “rotational moment” in the rear axle when the vehicle is under power. The vehicle’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system detects the understeer event, applies braking to the inside rear wheel and transfers torque to the outside rear wheel.

The GTS Maloo’s street presence will be clearly identifiable through the adoption of GTS’s unique front fascia design that delivers both an aggressive stance and an extensive air-intake surface area to deliver the required engine cooling.

The GTS Maloo will be available with either a TR6060 (MG9 spec) 6-speed manual transmission with oil cooler and twin plate clutch, or an optional 6L90E 6-speed heavy duty automatic transmission with oil cooler.

HSV’s unique Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs), side skirts, twin-hump hard tonneau and performance sail-plane help complete the visual makeover and are complemented by light-weight 20” “Blade” forged alloy wheels presented in a new “Dark Stainless” finish. Shadow-chrome quad exhaust tips and a unique number plate surround paintout combine to deliver an aggressive rear-end look with “LSA” and “GTS” badges adorning the tail-gate.

Concurrent with the launch of the GTS Maloo will be the introduction of two new colours to the HSV range: Some Like It Hot, a rich bronze/red, and Jungle Green, an iridescent olive green.

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HSV Performance seats wrapped in Onyx leather trim, or the optional “Red Hot” leather trim, set off an interior which also features a broad range of driver convenience and safety technologies.

The GTS Maloo will feature HSV’s Driver Preference Dial which facilitates the adjustment of the vehicle’s ESC, Traction Control, Launch Control (manual transmission), Torque Vectoring, Electric Power Steering and new electric Bi-Modal Exhaust according to three distinct pre-set modes – Touring, Sport and Performance.

Head-up Display, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Rain Sensing Wipers enhance the driver environment while the unique Enhanced Driver Interface (EDI) system provides the driver with all the performance data he or she will require.

Build of the GTS Maloo will be limited to just 250 vehicles (240 for Australia and 10 for New Zealand) with each build plate individually numbered.

Production is due to begin early November with vehicles expected to be available in dealerships later that month.

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