Review Holden SS Ute 2017
Europe can be filled with sexy supercars, while the US can lay claim to muscle cars the size of ozone, but no one – nobody – makes an ultra-fast ute like Australia.
Or should that be done? With Ford already cramped and Holden soon following, the Aussie was not only an endangered species, it was officially extinct.
But we can dry out our eyes for the time being, because Holden-based SS Ute is one of the distant parties. Soaring V8? Check. User manual? Check. Rear-wheel drive system? Check. The ability to send smoke signals with a mere product of an accelerator? Definitely check.
It is the most amazing Australian muscle. And that is the last of its kind. But there is still time for a final spin around the block.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 8/10
It was so unique in Australia, you half believed it when you saw John Williamson strumming a guitar in bed. You will never see a car that looks like this anywhere else in the world. And soon you will never see it again, that time is enough to make you a little blind.
More importantly, though, it looks dark alley means from every angle. Big rims, quad exhaust tips, tight spoilers and skirts: it all looks fast and purposeful and just a little intimidating. And we like it.
The interior is the same, first class, with Holden producing a really nice cabin and arranged thanks to a number of good material options.
How realistic is the inner space? 6/10
Inside? Not necessarily. This is obviously a two-seater affair, with a pair of separate cups between the driver and the passenger. There is also a bottle door, along with a storage bin under the dual zone climate controller that also contains an electrical outlet and a USB point.
Those things, along with some storage mesh behind the front seats, just end up the actual points inside. But what about outside? Yes, that is a different story. The tray – which has a smart rib profile lining to prevent everything from rolling – will swallow an item worth 659kg (648kg in the automatic version) and it will also tow a 1,600kg rickshaw.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 8/10
Since it is about to become invaluable, Holden could probably get rid of charging anything it wants for SS Ute. Fortunately, though, the price increase is quite palatable.
Now you’ll pay $ 43,990 for the manual version of the SS we tested here, $ 2500 more than the model sent. That’s not a big change, for sure, but Holden has proven an increase by pointing to some existing additions.
Now you get 19-inch alloy wheels, satellite navigation and a new head-display display, all of which come with carrying highlights such as the killer bi-modal exhaust, keyless entry. lock with button start and 8.0 inch touch screen. However, there is no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and buggers have the opportunity to arrive anytime soon, …
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 8/10
Under that large bonnet lies Holden’s LS3 V8: a 6.2-liter beast will generate 304kW at 6000 rpm and 570Nm at 4400 rpm, sending it towards the rear tire (accompanied by sound Frantic explosion of the exhaust four corners). Differential sliding and with the help of what must be one of the hardest working traction systems in the business.
How much fuel does it consume? 6/10
More than you can imagine. The official figures for fuel use pegged at 12.4L / 100km are required / combined with the C02 at 296g / km.
But official test runs must have been with a nun behind the wheel on a complete downhill distance, because we didn’t get within its miles. After a week of strong (but not unreasonable) driving, the onboard computer read a frightening 23.8L / 100km.
What does it like to drive? 8/10
Before I get excited, start with the bad stuff. The clutch is super light and feels too vague, so eventually you feed on the throttle too early and ride the clutch. It’s also not my favorite manual gearbox and sometimes it’s reluctant to go back when you want to.
This technology is not only old school but also messy and annoying, especially Bluetooth only exists for a few seconds of silence before actually connecting a call. It’s not as refined as a European V8, nor is it easy to drive smoothly when you want it easy.
But I do not care. Anyone who tells you an ute cannot be a muscle car is dead wrong. This V8 is a wonderful thing, a rumbling beast that gives its power in greases, effortless, gently shakes the tire when you leave the lamp and when you glance over the gears. Although the engine’s output did not change, Holden’s engineers adjusted the power supply so that it arrived earlier in the rotation, making SS Ute feel faster and reduce the time to 0 100km / h.
It’s my favorite two-mode exhaust: quiet at city speeds but roaring at speed, and it sends cracks of pistols and echoes throughout the cabin as you back the throttle within range. turned.
Traction systems, though, do a sensational job of keeping it all together, but things become a bit more dangerous when you disable a lot, meaning you leave two rubber lines behind. Fatty every time you get excited with the accelerator.
But it’s my favorite two-mode exhaust: quiet at city speeds but roaring at speed, and it sends these shotgun bullet marks and echoes throughout the cabin as you back the throttle in range. rotation. Glorious. Part of the show is thanks to a modified exhaust end that bounces notes into the cabin, increasing the volume up to 10%.
The steering is excellent, responds quickly and sharply without feeling restless, while the sport suspension adjusts a little more confidently about speed, but doesn’t crash and smash in the city. Having said that, we didn’t test it with a load at the back, but then, this is not the kind of ute people use as a lug-a-load horse.