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|Manufacturer||Holden Special Vehicles|
|Also called||CSV CR8
|Assembly||Clayton, Victoria, Australia|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door sedan
5-door Tourer wagon
|Platform||GM V platform (RWD) (1990 to 2006)
GM Zeta platform (From 2006)
|Engine||5.0 L V8
5.7 L V8
6.0 L Generation 4 Alloy V8
6.2 L LS3 V8
|Transmission||6-speed Tremec T-56 manual|
|Wheelbase||2,915 mm (114.8 in)|
The HSV Clubsport is a full-size car which has been produced by Holden Special Vehicles in Australia since 1990. All models have been based on contemporary Holden Commodore models. The Clubsport has also been sold in the United Kingdom as the Vauxhall VXR8 since July 2007, and in the Middle East as the CSV CR8 by Chevrolet Special Vehicles since 2008.
- 1 VN (1990–1991)
- 2 VP (1991–1993)
- 3 VR (1993–1995)
- 4 VS (1995–1997)
- 5 VT (1997–2000)
- 6 VX (2000–2002)
- 7 Y Series (2002–2004)
- 8 Z Series (2004–2006)
- 9 E Series (2006–2013)
- 10 F Series (2013-Current)
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The VP series HSV Clubsport was launched in 1991 based on the Holden VP Commodore with the same 180 kW (245 PS; 241 hp) V8 used in the VN Clubsport. A special edition was launched for both the Senator and Clubsport called the 5000i.
The VR Clubsport was launched in 1993 along with the new Holden VR Commodore along with the Maloo Ute and Sedans Manta (level Below clubsport) an GTS (Level Above Clubsport). The Clubsport, Maloo and Manta still used the same 5 litre Holden V8 as the VP Clubsport while the GTS got a Stroked out version, making it a 5.7 litre Holden V8 that produced 220 kW (295 hp).
1995 would see the Holden VS Commodore launched and the new HSV VS range. The VS Clubsport was very similar to the VR Clubsport and still used the 5.0 litre V8 from the VR Clubsport.
Launched in 1997, the HSV VT Clubsport was much larger and heavier than its predecessors. Critics noted that its engine, a 5.0 L V8 (producing 195 kW (265 PS; 261 hp)), was also available as an option on the Holden Commodore SS, making the Clubsport less exclusive and desirable. The VT Clubsport did feature many luxury features, including a CD player, leather-wrap steering wheel, powered front seats and foglights.
Total Build Numbers for the VT HSV
Manta 180 (All Auto) Clubsport 948 Auto / 557 Manual 5SPD XU6 321 (All Auto) Senator Signature 195i 323 Sedans 27 Wagons All Auto Senator Signature 220i 208 XU8 141 GTS 136 Auto / 263 Manual 6SPD
Also a HSV 10th Anniversary edition was released in various models with a revised interior and exclusive 10th anniversary badging. Available in only the following models
Clubsport 10th Ann. 104 Auto / 70 Manual 5SPD XU6 10th Ann. 10 (All Auto) Senator Signature 10th Ann. 10 (All Auto) VU Maloo Ute 10th Ann. 30 (All Manual 5SPD)
The Clubsport VT Series II was released in 1999 to replace the standard Clubsport. It featured a new 5.7 L V8 LS1 Gen III engine, sourced from GM Powertrain, producing 250 kW (340 PS; 335 hp). Production ceased in 2000.
The VX Clubsport was launched in early 2000 and featured the same V8 engine as the Clubsport VT Series II, but with an increased power output, up by 5 kW (7 PS; 7 hp) to 255 kW (347 PS; 342 hp). During the development of the VX Clubsport HSV responded to many customers' complaints regarding how Clubsports were difficult to distinguish from standard Holden Commodores. The improvements due to this included a more flamboyant, unique bodykit and exclusive HSV interior features.
VX Series II
The VX Series II was released in 2001 and discontinued in 2002.
Y Series (2002–2004)
VY Clubsport was based on the VY Holden Commodore frame. The V8 5.7litre GEN3 Chevrolet engine was revised to produce 260KW this model was available in 4 Speed auto or 6 Speed Manual.
VY GTS was a special order only vehicle with very limited build numbers, making it one of the most sort after HSV's of the future.
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Z Series (2004–2006)
Released in 2004 the Z-Series Clubsport was a minor update over the Y-Series and was mostly cosmetic. The Z-Series Clubsport is powered by the LS2 engine a 6.0 L, 16-valve pushrod V8 producing 297 kW (404 PS; 398 hp) at 6000 rpm and 530 N·m (390 lb·ft) at and 4400 rpm. There was the choice of either a Six-speed manual or four-speed auto. Fuel consumption was 15.3 L/100 km. The Z-Series started at $61,850 plus on-road costs for the manual.
Z Series GTS was also Available via special order only, very limited build numbers (less than 100) of these cars were made and are amongst the most highly sort after hsv's
E Series (2006–2013)
The E Series Clubsport R8 takes its fundamental body structure from the mainstream Holden VE Commodore. It is also the standard model in the HSV line-up. With the deletion of lower lines of V8 HSV models the Clubsport slipped down to the entry level HSV V8, on a par with the Manta of the VR-VS-VT series. As such the sales of E Series Clubsports has been over shadowed by the sales of the E Series GTS.
E Series HSV vehicles have been the most successful and mass produced vehicles in HSV's history.
The Original E-Series Clubsport was released in September 2006. The Clubsport had LED taillights and vertical front fender grilles only found on HSV E-Series models. Cloth trim was standard on Clubsport models with leather being an option.
The two Clubsport models were powered by the 307 kW (417 PS; 412 hp) LS2 6.0 L V8 and Tremec T56 six-speed manual gearbox, capable of doing 0–100 km/h in 5.8 seconds with the manual gearbox and 5.9 seconds when fitted with the auto transmission and having a top speed of 160 mph (260 km/h). From April 2008, all HSV models use 6.2 L LS3 V8s, instead of the previous LS2. The LS3 powers the HSVs at 317 kW (431 PS; 425 hp) and 550 N·m (410 lb·ft).
The HSV E Series 2 range was released 2010 and was the most major update since the release of E Series HSVs. Prices on the E2 Clubsport models started at $65,990 for the Clubsport R8 and $66,990 for the Clubsport R8 Tourer. The range received many cosmetic changes with new front and rear bumpers, twin-nostriled bonnet (from the Pontiac G8) and a new range of wheel designs. The Series 2 has a very distinctive looking set of daytime running lights standard across the E2 range.
The new engines is the range are the 325 kW (442 PS; 436 hp) 6.2 L LS3 V8 used exclusively by the HSV GTS, with the rest of the E2 range being powered by an LS3 in 317 kW (431 PS; 425 hp) trim. The new engines have also improved fuel economy by 4.2% on the LS3 V8. New is the intelligent launch controls, competition mode ESC and extended cruise control systems which are all standard for E2 models excluding intelligent launch control which is only available with a manual transmission.
Model changes for the E series 3 are minimal.[clarification needed] There is now an option for LPI system (for an extra $5990) allowing the vehicle to run on LPG and unleaded petrol; the LPI system is not available on the ClubSport R8 Tourer. Cosmetic changes include a new spoiler and revised exhaust tips.
HSV E Series 3 models reach 0-100kmp in 5.8 seconds. The HSV E Series 3 introduced the new HSV Enhanced Driver Interface; it has the same interface as the Holden IQ (found in VE Series II Commodores) but with added function. The system allows users to access the car's computer and monitor fuel consumption, stability, g-force and vehicle dynamics. Other functions include data logging options, digital gauge displays, stopwatch, driver and racing options, along with controls for the Grange's Bi-Modal exhaust and Side Blind-Zone Alert. The HSV Enhanced Driver Interface and satellite navigation is standard across the E series 3 range.
Export to the UK and the US
VXR8 Bathurst S at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2009
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350 VXR8s per year were scheduled for official importation into the UK, at a price of £35,105. The LS3 V8 is particularly popular among tuners in the USA, so performance parts are widely available. The most dramatic warranted upgrade is the £7,000 supercharger kit, which ups power to 395 kW (537 PS; 530 hp). Imports to the US were previously sold as Pontiac G8, with V6, L76 V8, or an LS3 V8 engine in the GXP trim. The supercharged edition Bathurst VXR8 was reviewed on Top Gear, and its power-lap time was 1 min 26.3 seconds, a similar time to the old BMW M5 E60.
In July 2010, Autocar reported that, "VXR8 was quietly dropped from the pricelists several months ago" after stocks ran out. However, a face-lifted version based on the new HSV E3 GTS was released to the UK market in April 2011 at a price of around £49,500, almost £15,000 more than the previous VXR8, but significantly cheaper than most of its rivals, like the Mercedes E63 AMG and BMW M5. Vauxhall is currently offering the 2011 Clubsport to UK customers as a special order model.
F Series (2013-Current)
The current HSV F Series Clubsport is based on the VF Commodore, and has been heavily modified across the full range of HSV Vehicles.
The Flagship F Series GTS produces over 420KW of Power and is a Supercharged 6.2litre Chevrolet engine coupled to a 6 Speed Gearbox. The F Series HSV GTS is the most powerful production car ever made and released for sale to the public. Pricing for the GTS model starts at around AU$100,000 with the entry level F Series Clubsport starting at around AU$60,000
- Norm Darwin, 100 Years of GM in Australia, 2002, page 337
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- The Motor Report, HSV Reveals Full E Series 2 Range.
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- The Motor Report, HSV E Series 3 E3 range launched in Australia.
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