One of the last HSV sedans to leave the company’s Australian factory

Launched in 2013, the current ClubSport is the entry-level sedan in the HSV range, which in turn is the high-performance division of Holden. A beefed-up version of the Commodore VF, the Gen-F HSV ClubSport features enhanced aerodynamics, a sportier interior, and a high-revving, naturally aspirated V-8 engine. The unit in question is a revised version of the 6.2-liter LS3 used in the previous generation Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro. A slightly more powerful variant is offered under the ClubSport R8 badge. The performance-oriented sedan will be discontinued in 2017, when Holden will cease all operations in Australia.

The last couple of years have seen Holden and HSV launch several special-edition models of the Commodore. With the sedan so close to exiting the market, HSV has prepared three final versions of the ClubSport R8, one of which is the Track Edition. Limited to only 156 units, the R8 Track Edition is essentially a standard R8 under the hood, but borrows most of its exterior features from the supercharged ClubSport GTS and sports a few performance improvements underneath.

“Given the unique track-inspired content, the sharp pricing and the fact that these will be the last LS3 ClubSport R8’s ever built, we’re anticipating strong demand”, said Tim Jackson, HSV’s managing director. The Track Edition was launched alongside the Black SV and Grange SV versions and joins the Clubsport R8 25th Anniversary Edition as one of the last HSVs to leave the factory.

Continue reading to learn more about the HSV ClubSport R8 Track Edition.

What makes the HSV ClubSport R8 Track Edition special

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Described as a sedan that offers "unrivalled value and a final buy opportunity," the ClubSport R8 Track Edition features the more aggressive bumpers of the GTS model and a set of 20-inch, Blade-design forged alloy wheels. The latter are also borrowed from the GTS’ options list, being offered for the first time on the ClubSport R8. Around back, the sedan gained a "Hyperflow" spoiler for a more aggressive stance.

The interior of the Track Edition also received some attention. The standard R8 steering wheel was replaced by a suede-wrapped sports unit with a flat bottom, while the door sills feature "Track Edition" lettering. The same lettering can be found between the gear shifter and the driving mode selector on the center console.

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Under the hood, the Track Edition is identical to the standard ClubSport R8 it is based on, meaning it gets it juice from the same naturally aspirated, 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 engine. The mill cranks out 456 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, enabling the four-door to hit 60 mph from a standing start in 4.5 seconds. The photos show a classic shifter, which means that the Track Edition is equipped with the standard TR6060 Tremec six-speed manual, but the optional 6L80E six-speed automatic with Active Select and paddle shifters should be available too.

While the engine remained unchanged, HSV meddled a bit with the chassis. The spring and damper rates have been stiffened for reduced body roll and improved cornering response, while the brakes received the yellow AP Racing, six-piston forged calipers of the ClubSport GTS.

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The R8 Track Edition retails from AUD$68,990 (about $49,805), which makes it about AUD$10,000 (some $7,220) more expensive than the standard model. Production is limited to only 150 units for the Australian market and an additional six examples for New Zealand. HSV expects all 156 vehicle to sell out before production begins later in 2016.

HSV ClubSport R8 25th Anniversary Edition

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As the name suggests, the ClubSport R8 25th Anniversary was built to celebrate two and a half decades since the nameplate was introduced to the market. Compared to the regular model, it features a number of limited-edition extras including 20-inch gloss-black wheels, a rear spoiler, Pitch Black accents and badges, and a "shadow-chrome" finish for the exhaust tips. Inside, there are custom 25th Anniversary Edition sill plates, a bespoke EDI start-up screen, and individually numbered plates. The drivetrain is as standard as they get, with the 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 engine churning 456 horsepower and 420 pound-fee) of torque. Pricing was set at AUD$73,290 (around $52,910) and only 100 were built for Australia and eight for New Zealand.

Read our full review on the HSV ClubSport R8 25th Anniversary Edition here.

Press Release

Australia’s leading performance car manufacturer, HSV, today announced that it will build three limited edition models in 2016 – the very last vehicles ever to feature HSV’s acclaimed 340kW, 6.2 Litre LS3 V8 power-plant.

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HSV has not featured its LS3 engine in either of its ClubSport or Maloo models since the release of its MY16 range last October, but its re-introduction will see HSV expand its performance car range even further with limited edition models that offer performance enthusiasts unrivalled value and a “final buy” opportunity.

The first limited edition model to be offered will be “SV Black”, to be available in both ClubSport R8 and Maloo R8 guise. HSV first offered a limited edition SV Black range back in 2011, and this new model is sure to emulate that success. Styling is based off the current supercharged ClubSport R8 LSA and Maloo R8 LSA models with unique SV Black features including Satin Black 20” alloy wheels, black AP Racing forged 4-piston brake calipers, black door surrounds and lower door accenting, shadow-chrome exhaust tips and distinctive black badging.

The interior, too, mirrors the supercharged models but with leather-clad sports bucket seats and unique sill and I.D. plates.

With production due to commence in June, Recommended Retail Prices will start at $62,990 for the Maloo R8 SV Black and $65,990 for the ClubSport R8 SV Black.

“These SV Black models represent the very essence of HSV - great value performance cars. They will, quite simply, be the best value limited editions we’ve ever offered”, said HSV’s Managing Director, Tim Jackson.

Two further and final LS3 limited edition models will follow in September with the launch of both “Grange SV” and the race-inspired ClubSport R8 “Track Edition”.

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Grange has long been Australia’s ultimate performance limousine and HSV will be building just 50 limited edition Grange SV’s as a final tribute to the nameplate that will cease production at the end of October.

Building on its already impressive list of standard features including its 340kW, LS3 V8 engine, Luxury seats in Onyx leather trim, Magnetic Ride Control suspension and a raft of driver-focused technologies, Grange SV will also feature 20” SV Rapier Gloss Black forged alloy wheels with black AP Racing forged 4-piston brake calipers, shadow-chrome exhaust tips plus distinctive black accenting on the grille surround, driving light bezels, fender vents, mirror scalps, lower air in-take surround, boot-lid applique’, door mouldings and badges. With unique I.D. and sill plates, and each vehicle individually numbered, the vehicle’s exclusivity is assured.

With Recommended Retail Pricing to remain unchanged at $86,990, Grange SV, too, will represent outstanding value. “For almost 20 years, Grange has stood proudly as the long-wheel-base flagship of the HSV range; built to order for a very exclusive customer base. It is a fitting tribute that the last 50 Grange’s ever to be built will carry the exclusive “SV” moniker”, Jackson said.

And finally, the last of HSV’s “LS3” limited edition models, the ClubSport R8 Track Edition, is sure to inspire true motor-sport enthusiasts. As with the ClubSport R8 SV Black, styling of the ClubSport R8 Track Edition will be
based off its supercharged counter-part but with limited edition content including 20” “Blade” forged alloy wheels and yellow AP Racing forged 6-piston brake calipers, both, until now, the sole domain of HSV’s iconic GTS.

The vehicle’s track credentials are further enhanced with upgrades to its performance suspension. Spring and damper rates have been stiffened to reduce body-roll and further improve corner-entry response, while a Hyperflow Performance spoiler and suede-covered sports profile steering wheel further accentuate its track bias.

Unique branding on the I.D. plate and the sill plates add to the exclusivity. With Recommended Retail Pricing to start from just $68,990, and with production to be limited to only 150 vehicles (plus 6 for New Zealand), the Company expects all vehicles to be snapped up well in advance of their build.

“Given the unique track-inspired content, the sharp pricing and the fact that these will be the last LS3 ClubSport R8’s ever built, we’re anticipating strong demand”, Jackson said.

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"With all three limited edition models, our focus has been on building vehicles that offer outstanding levels of content, exclusivity and value. We’re confident we’ve delivered on all counts and that our fan base will be eager to capitalise on this last opportunity to buy an LS3-powered HSV, especially at these prices”, he said.

The LS3 V8 engine was first introduced to the HSV range with the E Series in 2008.

Recommended Retail Pricing ($A)

Maloo R8 SV Black (manual) $62,990
ClubSport R8 SV Black (manual) $65,990

Grange SV (auto only) $86,990

ClubSport R8 Track Edition (manual) $68,990

N.B. Model pricing quoted is Recommended Retail Pricing and includes Luxury Car Tax (where applicable) but does not include either a Dealer Delivery Fee or Government Charges.

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