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.
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
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).