The refreshed 2016 HSV Gen-F2 line-up has been unveiled today, following last week’s reveal of the revised VFII Commodore range on which it’s based.
Upgrades for the new model year include refreshed looks, new engines and revised suspension, but none of it comes cheap: with new supercharged LSA-powered 400kW versions of the Maloo R8 and ClubSport R8 now forming a temporary entry point, the 2016 range kicks off from $76, 990 plus on-road costs for the Maloo R8.
The price of entry into the current 2015 range starts at , 990 plus on-road costs for the Maloo, while the current Maloo R8 is priced from $69, 990.
The ‘regular’ 340kW ClubSport R8 and Maloo R8 will return to spearhead the range in early 2016, bringing the cost of entry down once more, although pricing and specifications for those models are still to be confirmed.
At the other end of the range, the flagship 430kW GTS is priced from $95, 990 for 2016, up from $94, 490 for the outgoing 2015 model. (See full price list at bottom of article.)
Styling changes across the range include re-styled bumpers at both ends, along with a new contoured design to the side skirts, new bonnet vents, two new colours and new 20-inch alloy wheels for GTS, Maloo and ClubSport models.
Performance fans will be drawn more to HSV’s under-the-skin changes, however, with new ClubSport R8 LSA, ClubSport R8 Tourer LSA, Maloo R8 LSA variants, along with the Senator Signature, now all upgraded to the significantly more powerful supercharged 6.2-litre V8 LSA engine.
The 340kW unit is far from retired, however. That venerable powerhouse will continue in the Caprice-based Grange, along with the regular ClubSport R8 and Maloo R8 models – the latter two launching in the first quarter of 2016.
LSA-powered models also benefit from suspension revisions, with stiffened spring and damper rates brought in for reduced body-roll and improved corner entry response.
Likewise, improvements to the rear suspension module promise greater stiffness and braking at the back end.