Review Holden SS V Ute 2008
Now that they are forced to make cars for the world, not just for the nation, GM Holden announced it will not switch to using jobs like it did earlier this decade. It was in tighter financial constraints, so there were no more Tonners or Crewmans.
$ 105 million sinking into the new VE Ute may not look like fiscal conservancy – especially after $ 1 billion is transferred into a donor car. But the more favorable economic environment that allowed Holden to make suitable variants of the previous-generation ute was gone.
Those models are considered to be failures, because they cannot stop buyers from rushing into budget commercial vehicles imported from Thailand.
In order to maximize return on investment during this period, GMH has engaged with its core two-seat ute roots and created an unprecedented vehicle, serving as an end-to-end sports and entertainment tool. week than a light commercial vehicle.
Although its street credit is stronger than ever at the construction site, VE has expanded the formula of success that it started with the 2000 VU line, shifting the emphasis from LCV to practical performance vehicles.
And there’s nowhere more clear than this with the beautiful, scary, top-notch SS V Ute. Whether blue, white or shade in the middle, the client’s collar color was deemed useless in 2008. Holden is catering to the desires of its core components – Australian men in every field. field of life – those who want a free machine with a manly appearance, a powerful V8 engine and many mod cons.
90% of VE Ute’s staggering sales are V8 models – and we can understand why. Crossing a stretch of M1 along our continental coast, we soon discovered that SS V encourages motorists to keep driving, so drunk is the sound and power of the engine.
Implanted from the VE sedan and producing 270kW at 5700 rpm and 530 Nm at 4400 rpm, the Gen IV V8 6.0-liter is a familiar and even better beast here, with note. originally from four air outlets that easily flow through the loading area into the cabin.
The engine operates in its cradle at idle like a restless child, then bursts into an irresistible rage under full acceleration, launching the car and driving to the legal limits in about five and a half seconds. This is around the mark of the SS V sedan – or even a quicker touch.
It is not necessary to combine this engine with the Tremec T56 6-speed manual gearbox provided. In terms of full acceleration, nothing in that between the manual and the six-speed auto is tested here. Along with effort away from the process, the autonomous machine delivers smooth and clean shifts – and the right equipment at the right time. It also offers a sequential manual mode, giving the driver full control, although the change action with the T bar has no fine-tuning.
Small failures like this are few. Brake feel could be better and the V-series could feel more exclusive, with more distance between it and the standard SS. After that, the constitution even the entertainment owner may face 500kg load limit.
On the other hand, the achievements stand out with every scene that changes. They range from the gaze of admiration in town to rumbling along Highway One with comfort and ease. From undoubtedly, intimate handling on winding roads to a consumption of 14.2 liters / 100km in our test – a figure even lower than the manufacturer’s requirements.
Although there are a ton of tonneau in the ute unladen, too much dust enters the tub after walking on dirt roads, and complications with controlling on multi-lane roads and in parking lots, our driver in SS V Nothing is sensational.
Holden has increased the level of sophistication in its high performance ute, but does not apply anesthetics.
For example, the electronic stability control can be turned off so that the driver has a full appreciation of the vehicle’s power and traction in the back, but when turned on, the ESC is adjusted exactly like a cautious parents – not uncomfortable for the most part, gentle enough to allow the rear wheels to break traction, interfere with a reasonable point.
This may be another GM Holden global car, one chosen to be the next pickup for Pontiac in the US, but it’s an ute that feels right at home in our world.
We expect no less than the use of the proven New Cargo architecture, the extra power being put into this version, the new work being done on the fully independent suspension and, especially , its development under Australian conditions.
Translate it on the road and SS V feels solid, tense, balanced and well controlled. Grip from the 19-inch Bridgestone Potenzas 19 inch size stands out. The steering is a good precision tool. The ride is firm but not forgiving. The overall screening level is high for an ute. Even without the desired level of sensation and some screech at the end of our test, the brakes never failed to deliver strong performance.
Considering everything we wrote and the $ 44,990 sticker price of SS V Ute, we would be hard-pressed to imagine an owner feeling a brief change. Standard features include climate control, leather sports seats, aluminum pedal inserts, Bluetooth phone connectivity and sports steering wheel.
However, there are some obvious shortcomings and disappointing details in the cabin – some of which can be fixed at a time, others not.
Side-impact or side protection airbags have not been designed into VE Ute. Electric seat adjustment is limited in height / inclination. There are no overhead handles or map lights. Speedo graphics are too small. Battery voltage and oil pressure gauges look completely out of place. The dashboard and center console are screaming for elegant décor. Rear parking sensor is optional. And there’s no sliding function for the front seats to facilitate access to the existing storage space behind them.
The loading area is about the same size as the previous generation – a length of 193cm from the back door to the cockpit, a height of 47cm from fixed plastic lining to tonneau and a width of 122cm between the tires.
The soft tonneau cover fits simply enough to be removed and replaced, although the wire parts used to ensure the strangely sized load have been corroded on our test vehicle. There are six fastening points in the tub and, on the folded tailgate, four niches for cans, thermos and the like. A full size alloy spare wheel is located below the vehicle.
When it comes to it, there’s no need to lament the loss of cramped crew or One Tonner.
Holden may not be everything to everyone, but when it turned its energy into the sports ute market, it became one of Australia’s and the world’s best examples of that. have seen.