536bhp Maloo LSA has taken to the hill climb in its first public appearance shortly before deliveries commence

The 2016 Vauxhall Maloo LSA has made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year.

Exterior revisions to the Maloo are subtle, with tweaks to front-end styling including a revised splitter and black bonnet vents. It’s under the bonnet where the most remarkable changes have been made, however.

Vauxhall claims the Maloo is Britain’s most powerful light commercial vehicle because it produces 536bhp and 495lb ft of torque, which Vauxhall hopes will contribute to a Goodwood hill climb time of 55 seconds.

Hill climb time aside, the Maloo can hit a limited top speed of 155mph, reaching 60mph from standstill in 4.3sec. The pick-up ‘ute’ shares its 6.2-litre LSA engine – hence the name – with the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, although in a slightly tweaked format. Power is delivered to the rear wheels.

With its mammoth V8, fuel economy won’t be the Maloo’s strong suit; Vauxhall claims a combined figure of just 18.5mpg; it’s unlikely that Maloo drivers will buy one for its outstanding fuel-sipping ability.

The previous Maloo, in comparison, had 425bhp and 420lb ft torque. Tweaks have been made to the chassis and suspension to ensure they cope with the 111bhp power hike, while Vauxhall has also made launch control standard on manual Maloos.

Standard equipment on the updated Maloo includes dual-zone climate conrol, sat-nav, leather trim and an adjustable multi-function steering wheel. 

No more than 100 Maloos will be brought to the UK, with 50 of these already spoken for. Prices for the Maloo start at £54,520, with first deliveries expected shortly after the Fesival of Speed.

 

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21 June 2016
but I love it, would VW ever do this??

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

21 June 2016
xxxx wrote:

but I love it, would VW ever do this??

VW don't have enough soul to do this sort of thing.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

21 June 2016
As VW have previously stuck a W12 in a Touareg, a W8 in a Passat, a V12 diesel in the Audi Q7 and come up with the Veyron, maybe they would. More importantly though, why would they want to? This is such a niche, low volume product that it can't be very profitable for Vauxhall and nor is it likely to add any halo sparkle to the rest of Vauxhall's range.

21 June 2016
yep the two really comparable. VW really are bonkers, not!

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

21 June 2016
A high performance version of an existing vehicle using components sourced from elsewhere in the group vs. 3 vehicles with engines unique to each and more extreme than anything else in their respective classes. We have a differing understanding of the term 'bonkers'.

22 June 2016
In New Zealand as in Australia we are subjected to far too many of these truly awful cars on our roads, driven by men seemingly compensating for something. They are not practical at all, they are eyewateringly thirsty on fuel (petrol is far too cheap in this part of the world) and they are far too noisy. These cars, like their almost identical Australian ford counterpart, are among the least reliable cars on the planet. Thank goodness these cars will cease to be manufactured in the near future. As much as I hate these cars, there are people who love them with such a passion that they will be no doubt crying into their beer at the prospect of not being able to buy these new anymore.

22 June 2016
jozr wrote:

In New Zealand as in Australia we are subjected to far too many of these truly awful cars on our roads, driven by men seemingly compensating for something. They are not practical at all, they are eyewateringly thirsty on fuel (petrol is far too cheap in this part of the world) and they are far too noisy. These cars, like their almost identical Australian ford counterpart, are among the least reliable cars on the planet. Thank goodness these cars will cease to be manufactured in the near future. As much as I hate these cars, there are people who love them with such a passion that they will be no doubt crying into their beer at the prospect of not being able to buy these new anymore.

Jebus! Presumably a ute owner shagged your missus. It will indeed be a sad day when these uniquely affordable, high quality, fun, reliable, practical, large rear drive cars are no longer manufactured and sold here.

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