The Maloo GTS will pack a 6.2-liter supercharged V8.
HSV, Holden’s official tuner, holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest production pickup. Its Maloo R8 – a two-door Commodore with a tray at the back – hit a top speed of 168.66 mph back in 2006, snatching the title from the Dodge Ram SRT-10 that clocked 154.59 mph in 2004. Carsguide is now reporting HSV wants to improve upon its own record using a new Maloo GTS model.
Power will come from GM’s LSA V8 that features in the Camaro ZL1 and HSV’s GTS sedan, in which the supercharged V8 generates 580 hp and 545 lb-ft of torque helping it to reach 60 mph in 5.0 seconds and hit a top speed of 174 mph. Similar performance is expected from the Maloo. Other performance goodies the Maloo GTS will cherry pick from the sedan include a high-strength differential, launch control, 20-inch alloys, AP Racing brakes, forged aluminum calipers, and extra cooling systems. 150 units are slated for production, set to take place before the Holden Commodore donor car is discontinued in 2017. Hat Tip to Daniel K.