2008 Holden VE Ute performance pickup

2008 Holden VE Ute performance pickup
2008 Holden VE Ute

Australian Holden has just revealed its brand new Holden VE Ute series of performance pick-ups. The idea of a “performance” truck may look a little crazy here in Europe, but the guys down under seem to just love this kind of sporty vehicles. Anyway, a sporty truck is not any crazier than the famous German “off-roader” that jumps from 0 to 100 km/h in 5 seconds, tops 250 kilometers per hour and never leaves the paved surface.




Set to replace the outgoing VZ model, the VE range is based on the last-year’s Holden VE Commodore sedan.

2008 Holden VE Ute (side view)

The entry-level Omega trim will start from 30,990 Australian dollars while the range topping SS V will cost $46,990.

All in all, there will be four price levels – Omega, SV6, SS and SS V – available with different flavors of either manual or automatic transmissions mated with a whole range of engines.

For example, the least expensive Holden VE Ute Omega is available with a 3.6L V6 producing up to 241 hp and 243 lb-ft (330 Nm) of torque. It is mated to either 6-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic gearbox.

The top of the line SS V comes equipped with 6.0-liter V8, capable of producing up to 367 hp and 391 lb-ft (530 Nm) of torque. This beast may be ordered with either a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual gearbox.

The list of standard equipment includes
ESP program;
heavy duty cargo liner;
a quick release seat latch;
Blaupunkt audio system;
six disc CD player (SS and SS V);
sports-contoured seats (SS and SS V);
Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity;
Euro-style flat blade wipers;
locking fuel filler door;
one touch lane change indicator;
LED high-mounted stop lamp (SS and SS V);
dual zone electronic climate control (SS V);
projector headlamps (SS V)
and alloy faced pedals (SS V).

Whoa.

2008 Holden VE Ute (cargo area)
2008 Holden VE Ute (interior)
2008 Holden VE Ute (interior, dashboard)
2008 Holden VE Ute (interior, central console)
2008 Holden VE Ute (interior, gear lever)

Photos: GM/Holden

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