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PostHeaderIcon Australia Getting the Chevy Camaro SS, Colorado, and Silverado HD Through HSV

Living in Australia and feeling depressed over Holden being shut down? Can’t get your V-8 fix now that Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) is no longer building cool, beefed-up versions of the Commodore? Well, here’s some good news for ya: HSV just announced that it will convert the Camaro SS to right-hand drive for the Australian market starting 2018. The announcement is part of a new agreement struck between HSV and Holden, which will work together to bring new GM vehicles Down Under. The brands also unveiled a joint logo that now contains the lion and helmet used by Holden and HSV in the past.

The Camaro will be brought to Australia in SS trim, powered by the naturally aspirated, 6.2-liter V-8. No four-cylinder or V-6 options, but also no ZL1. It will also be the higher-level 2SS version with various performance and convenience upgrades. No info on pricing yet, but expect it to be more expensive than the competing Ford Mustang GT after the right-hand-drive conversion. Production will begin in July 2018.

Alongside the Camaro SS, HSV will also modify the the Colorado and heavy-duty Silverado 2500HD for right-hand-drive use. The Colorado will also wear a “SportsCat” badge and will continue to use a Holden logo as it did until now. The Silverado 2500HD, on the other hand, will sold as a Chevrolet, just like the Camaro SS. The Colorado will be available in two versions, but none will get more power. However, a hotter version of the truck is likely to be followed as a direct rival for the upcoming Ford Ranger Raptor. The Colorado SportsCat will go into production in late January as HSV first Chevrolet conversion. Silverado conversions will commence in April 2018.

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PostHeaderIcon Australia’s Planned Coastal EV Superhighway Could Turn Into One Of The Best Roads In The World

As the auto industry continues to embrace electric cars, governments around the world are continuing their own march of ramping up efforts to accommodate the rise of electric vehicles. The local governments of Paris, Madrid, Athens, and Mexico City have all said that they’ll ban diesel cars from city centers by 2025. More recently, the British government said that the sale of gas and diesel cars will be banned from 2040, a move that France also plans to make. Now Australia’s getting in on the action with plans to build a massive superhighway along the coast of Queensland near the Great Barrier Reef. This superhighway, according to Reuters, will be built for electric cars.

The project itself is as grandiose as it is ambitious. If it comes to fruition, the superhighway will cover a distance of 1,118 miles, running from Coolangatta in the south of Cairns and stretching all the way to Cairns in the northern area of Queensland. To put that in perspective, that 1,118-mile distance is roughly the same as going from New York, New York to Miami, Florida. While there is still no timetable as to when this superhighway will be built, there are also plans to equip this long stretch of road with charging stations, spread out along its entire length. According to reports, these stations will be provided by Tritium and Schneider Electric, a local based manufacturer that plans to offer free charging to all plug-in vehicles who will use the road. Should the superhighway become a reality, its sheer size and location – in reach of the majestic Great Barrier Reef – could turn it into one of the best highways in the world, and quite certainly, the quietest of them all too.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

PostHeaderIcon HSV ClubSport R8 Track Edition

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.


PostHeaderIcon HSV ClubSport R8 25th Anniversary Edition

With Holden set to cease all manufacturing by the end of 2017, the current VF-generation and all its derivatives will become the final evolution of the iconic Commodore nameplate. Its disappearance will also mark the end of the HSV (Holden Special Vehicles) brand, Australia’s leading performance-car manufacturer, as we know it. But until that happens, HSV is rolling out a limited-edition ClubSport R8 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ClubSport moniker. Much like any other Holden product, this performance sedan won’t be sold outside Australia and New Zealand.

As its name suggests, the ClubSport R8 25th Anniversary Edition is based on the ClubSport model, which is the entry-level sedan in the HSV range. It sits below the ultra-powerful GTS and the luxurious Signature Series, and it is offered in two trims. This special-edition features the R8 package, which adds more horsepower and extra features to the standard model.

Similar to the 20th Anniversary Edition that was launched in 2000, the 25th Anniversary Edition will be built in very limited quantities and employ a range of bespoke features inside and out.

“Along with GTS, ClubSport has been one of the mainstays of the HSV lineup through its proud history”, said HSV Managing Director, Tim Jackson. “We’re sure the added value offered with the 25th Anniversary ClubSport R8 will be well received by our fans.”

Continue reading to learn more about the HSV ClubSport R8 25th Anniversary Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Quantum GP700

Australian start-up Quantum Performance Vehicles has unveiled its very first car, and it has a one-to-one power-to-weight ratio, enough wing to drive upside down, and promises to “give the world’s top hyper cars a run for their money.” It’s called the GP700, and it’s the product of a 7-year-long development process between the father/son team of Jeff and Andrew David.

Based out of Gisborne, northwest of Melbourne, Quantum wasn’t shy in blessing its new flagship with some truly astounding stats. Here’s just a few: the power-to-weight ratio is 60 percent better than a Bugatti Veyron, there’s more longitudinal force during peak acceleration than a free-fall skydive (1.2 G’s vs. 1.0 G’s), there’s enough lateral grip when cornering at 180 km/h (112 mph) to approach the same forces experienced during the launch of the space shuttle (2.5 G’s vs. 3.0 G’s), and there’s enough braking force to rival landing on an aircraft carrier (2.0 G’s).

“The GP700 was designed with pure drivability and functionality in mind, from the aerodynamic bodywork to the pure driver-centric interior,” says Andrew David on Quantum’s website.

So then, it’s probably safe to assume the car will rip apexes like a monster truck pulling dandelions. However, the GP700 is also, amazingly, road legal.

Sounds like a winning combination, doesn’t it? Read on to find out if it actually works.

Continue reading to learn more about the Quantum GP700.

Quantum GP700 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 1 June 2015 18:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon GTA 5 Removed From Target and Kmart Shelves in Australia

Grand Theft Auto V is one of the hottest games of the year, just like pretty much every other iteration of GTA since it debuted on PS One all those years ago. The game takes place in a fictitious city and follows the lives of three fictitious criminals as the go and raise all sorts of fictitious hell. Do you catch a common theme in that last sentence? If you did, then congratulations, the rational side of your brain is functional. If not, well, then you must be one of the 40,000 people who signed the petition to have GTA V pulled from Kmart and Target Shelves in Australia because of the violence it contains.

Specifically, the violence in question is on the women of the game — you know, violence on men is perfectly fine — and how it portrays women as prostitutes and strippers. I have never played GTA V — I am a responsible parent, so I can’t play it at home — so I cannot comment on what these folks are claiming, but as I recall, you can kick the ass of whoever you like, man or woman, in GTA. Additionally, not every woman in any GTA game is depicted as a stripper or prostitute. Some of them are, but most of them are simply random women roaming the streets.

In response to this violence and overall bad impression of women in the game three women who were subjected to violence in their lives decided to start the petition to have the game pulled from the stores on Change.org. The petition managed to gain 40,000 signatures, so Target and Kmart took action by removing the game.The petition states “It’s a game that encourages players to murder women for entertainment. The incentive is to commit sexual violence against women, then abuse or kill them to proceed or get ’health’ points,” but what it fails to mention is that the game is rated R18+ in Australia (the same as the ESRB’s M rating in the U.S.) and is intended for adults, not children.

The women then went on to say “To see this violence that we lived through turned into a form of entertainment is sickening and causes us great pain and harm.” That statement irks me greatly, as I want to simply say “then don’t watch it…”

A counter petition was launched to keep the game on shelves, but Target and Kmart chose to ignore that one. So to our poor Aussie fans of GTA V, you won’t be able to buy you GTA V and Underoos at the same place any longer.

Click past the jump to read more about this topic.

GTA 5 Removed From Target and Kmart Shelves in Australia originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 5 December 2014 19:00 EST.

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