When it comes to pickup trucks, the U.S. is arguably the world’s largest consumer. However, North America misses one of the coolest commercial vehicles in the world: the Holden Ute. Also available in supercharged guise as the Maloo R8 LSA in Australia, the Ute has long been a forbidden fruit in America, despite rumors that GM may import it as a rebadged Chevrolet El Camino. And, with Holden set to cease all manufacturing in 2016, the Ute will pass into the history books without setting wheels in the U.S. Not the same can be said about the U.K. though, which just received a batch of Maloo LSAs wearing the local Vauxhall badge.

Lucky bastards!

The Ute isn’t actually new on British roads. Enthusiasts already had access to a version powered by the V-8 LS3, but that engine is now being replaced by a more potent LSA, which first debuted in the U.K. in the VXR8 GTS sedan.

But the Maloo LSA is about more than just a powerful drivetrain. The two-door utility also benefits from new styling upgrades and new standard equipment. Pricing is similar to the VXR8 GTS, which makes it pretty affordable for a performance car. And, although it’s among the most expensive commercial vehicles available in the U.K., it’s definitely the fastest and the most powerful. Keep reading to find out more.

Continue reading to learn more about the Vauxhall Maloo LSA.

  • 2016 Vauxhall Maloo LSA
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    six-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    529
  • Torque @ RPM:
    495
  • Displacement:
    6.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    54500
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

Design-wise, the Vauxhall Maloo LSA is identical to the Australian-spec HSV Maloo R8 LSA (not to be confused with the limited-edition GTS Maloo). The Vauxhall badges on the nose and tailgate are the only new features for the British market. But, that’s far from being bad news, as the Maloo R8 LSA is one badass pickup, wearing an aggressive-looking front fascia with massive air intakes, a muscular engine hood, beefy fenders, and sporty side skirts. Gearheads familiar with the previous LS3 V-8 model will probably notice the new black vents on the hood, black mirror caps, and the 20-inch, five-spoke wheels. To round off the Maloo’s fresh new look, Vauxhall also offers to new exterior colors: Slipstream (vibrant blue) and Some Like it Hot (metallic red).

Interior

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On the inside, the Maloo LSA is once again identical with the HSV R8, but the Brits will get a few of extra features as standard compared to the LS3 V-8. Specifically, the Vauxhall will include Onyx leather trim, Bluetooth, the Enhanced Driver Interface, and navigation. Other standard features include the Driver Preferance Dial, HSV performance seats, four-way adjustable driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, HSV’s bespoke center console, and alloy faced pedals.

On the technology side, the GTS Maloo is also equipped with a head-up display and an eight-inch color touchscreen with USB, CD/MP3 player, iPod integration, and a six-speaker audio system. Safety and driver assist features include Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, rain-sensing wipers, Automatic Parking Assist, Hill Start Assist, Passive Entry and Remote Start (for models equipped with the automatic transmission only).

Drivetrain

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Motivation of this Ute comes from a supercharged, 6.2-liter LSA V-8 engine. If this unit sounds familiar it’s because it is the same powerplant found in the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The engine also moves the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS sedan, but output has been lowered for the utility model. Specifically, the Maloo benefits from 529 horsepower and 495 pound-feet of torque, a 47-horsepower and 50 pound-feet reduction compared to the VXR8 GTS. On the flipside, the Maloo LSA is significantly more powerful than the previous LS3 V8 model, bringing an extra 104 horses 74 pound-feet of twist to the table.

The extra oomph allows this latest Maloo to hit 62 mph from a standing start in only 4.5 seconds.

The extra oomph allows this latest Maloo to hit 62 mph from a standing start in only 4.5 seconds. While it’s not as quick as the VXR8 GTS sedan, which needs only 4.2 ticks, it’s arguably the quickest utility vehicle you can buy in the U.K. in 2016. The engine mates to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Manual models come with standard launch control.

On top of being quick, the Maloo LSA can also haul quite a lot of stuff, being able to carry up to 1,190 pounds in the back.

To handle all the extra grunt, the pickup also received a limited-slip differential and a stiffer suspension system.

Prices

Pricing for the Maloo LSA starts from £54,500 (about $81,120), which makes it £1,000 (around $1,488) less expensive than the VXR8 GTS sedan. Granted, it’s not exactly affordable for a two-door that’s neither a coupe nor a proper pickup truck, but it’s definitely an attractive option compared to other performance vehicles on the market.

Competition

Mercedes-AMG E63 Estate

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Since the Maloo LSA doesn’t have an actual competitor, as no one else offers a such a body style nowadays (expect Ford in Australia of course), the Mercedes-AMG E63 Estate is the closest thing you can buy. Much like the Vauxhall, it’s fast and powerful, and it can haul a lot of stuff. Moreover, it can carry more people too, as it can sit up to five adults. Power also comes from a V-8, in the form of a twin-turbo, 5.5-liter unit rated at 557 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. Sprinting from 0 to 62 mph takes 4.3 seconds, which makes it quicker than the Maloo LSA. Opt for the S model and output increases to 585 horses and 590 pound-feet, while 0-to-62 mph drops to 4.2 ticks. The only downside compared to the Vauxhall is the sticker, as the AMG E63 Estate retails from £76,515 (about $113,916).

Find out more about the Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon here.

Conclusion

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Granted, the Maloo LSA isn’t the kind of pickup you want to buy if you need to haul stuff on a daily basis. Sure, it can carry up to 1,190 pounds and the powerful LSA engine will provide quick delivery, but it lacks many of the advantages of a rugged pickup truck. It sounds ironic, but from a utility standpoint, the Maloo LSA isn’t exactly useful. So are there any reasons to buy one, especially with the AMG E63 Estate providing similar performance and more cargo room? The answer is yes, but only if you desperately need a modern-day iteration of the Chevy El Camino or Ford Rancher,o and you have another five-seater to drive your family around. With 2016 being its last year on the market, the Maloo could also become a collectible in the future.

  • Leave it
    • * AMG E63 Estate is quicker and hauls more stuff
    • * Will be retired at the end of 2016
    • * Less powerful than the Australian version

Press Release

Vauxhall only sells one pick up vehicle these days, and while our rivals will wow you with improvements in emissions and fuel economy in a CV’s new model year, our offering – the new Maloo LSA – is more likely to impress with the arrival of its all-new, supercharged 6.2-litre, 536PS V8 engine.

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So while it’s possibly not a contender for next year’s MPG Marathon, the Vauxhall Maloo LSA will haul… well, up to 540kgs from standstill to sixty in an unfeasibly short space of time, and do so with the utmost composure, despite the fact that it’s classed as a commercial vehicle (business users can even claim the VAT back from its very reasonable £54,500 on-the-road price).

For 2016, the new LSA engine brings maximum power up from 431PS for the outgoing LS3 V8 to 536PS, and an increase in torque from 570Nm to 671Nm. First seen in the current VXR8 GTS launched last year, the LSA is essentially the same unit fitted to the Camaro ZL1, albeit in a slightly re-tuned form. An Eaton 4-lobe supercharger, stand-alone water-to-air charge-air cooling system and high-flow exhaust system with bi-modal exhaust function turn the Maloo into the fastest production ‘ute’ manufactured in Australia, and the fastest CV available in the UK.

To cater for the extra 105PS of power and 101Nm of torque compared with the outgoing Maloo, modifications have been made to the vehicle’s chassis. Spring and damper rates have been stiffened to reduce body-roll and further improve turn-in, while the unique rear suspension module delivers improved rear stiffness and rear braking efficiency.

Also now standard on the Maloo LSA are Launch Control (manual models only), a limited slip differential, sat-nav, Bluetooth, Onyx Leather trim, and EDI (Enhanced Driver Interface).

In addition to more power and standard equipment, the 2016 Maloo also benefits from a raft of exterior styling upgrades. The front end features a re-designed fascia incorporating a subtle splitter, while the addition of pitch-black bonnet air vents help deliver an even more aggressive look.

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The pitch-black theme is carried through to the mirror-backs and wing-vents, with a new 20-inch, five-spoke alloy wheel design completing the styling package. Two new colours – Slipstream (vibrant blue) and Some Like it Hot (metallic red) - complement the Maloo’s fresh new look.

Vauxhall’s VXR8 GTS, the other model in Vauxhall’s V8, rear-wheel-drive range, also has some subtle changes for 2016. While power remains unchanged at 585PS, and torque at 740Nm, the five-seat, four door saloon receives new bonnet vents, bumper grilles and side sills, as well as a new centre-stack arrangement inside the cabin and two new exterior colours. On the road price for the 2016 VXR8 is £55,500 with six-speed manual transmission and £57,200 with the six-speed auto, with oil cooler.

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