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Holden HSV Clubsport R8 (2007)

by Chris Bishop,reviewed February 2007

There’s no company better at playing up its racetrack roots than Holden Special Vehicles.

HSV’s growing stable of performance products inspire such reverence that owners have to get used to ‘rubber-neckers’.

Despite the showy, spacious and comfortable new E body, the V8 is still the star. It doesn’t disappoint, with serious pace, a snarling note and a ferocious, yet flexible, nature.

Throttle response is extraordinary, manual changes are smoother and the clutch doesn’t numb your leg. Sixth gear is still tall for highway hustling though.

The R8 rides, grips, steers and brakes like few other big sporting sedans. It really can match power with grace.

Other attributes include safety, build, features, cabin and boot space and cosseting, wrap-around seats.

And the downsides? Visibility, fuel economy, a temporary use spare tyre for the rears and a pesky handbrake.

Holden HSV Clubsport R8 2007


Engine, brakes, seats


Thirst, spare tyre, visibility

Car Details

Vehicle make Holden
Vehicle model HSV Clubsport R8
Year 2007
Price when new $62 890 MLP
Current price range $ - $

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Engine 6.0-litre, LS2 V8
Max power 307 kW @ 6000 rpm
Max torque 550Nm @ 4400 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 5.8 secs
Braking from 80 km/h 23.1 m
Capacity (ADR figure): 15.3 litres/100 km

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.