HSV VP Senator and Senator 5000i

The VP Senator 5000i was introduced in June 1992, effectively replacing the VP SV 91 as HSV most luxurious well appointed model, and is equivalent of the VN SV 5000 model. Exclusive colours called Senator Quartz either soft purple or Dark grey metallic are only available on Senator 5000i model.

Other features that distinguishes the 5000i over the base model Senator are leather bolstered , velour trimmed Group A devenish front seats, and a Caprice rear bench seat, with a seude trimmed centre console.

Brakes from the VN GRP A , Variotronic power steering rack, 5000i badges & Rear boot 5000i decal, level ride suspension, three different engine cover colours – Red – Maroon – Orange – indicating a 200KW motor, ABS, Fog lights from the Caprice is standard for the 5000i model.

Quick Details
Years Produced 1992 – 1993
Number Produced 201 (Senator)
15 (Senator 5th Ann)
136 (Senator 5000i)
30 (Senator 5000i 5th Ann)
Engine 5.0L V8
Power 180 kw / 400nm (Senator)
200 kW / 411nm (Senator 5000i)
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HSV VP Senator and Senator 5000i Details

The Senator was created in an attempt to design a vehicle that offered both luxury and performance as well as to complement the existing long-wheelbase Statesman models. Offering smoother styling compared to the HSV Clubsport and GTS models, which favoured performance rather than luxury, the Senator took advantage of the independent rear suspension which was offered on high-priced VP Commodores and Statesman/Caprices at the time and was only one of a handful of Commodore-based cars that had automatic climate control air conditioning. Other features included a leather interior, cruise control and limited slip differential. A three-spoke steering wheel was featured.

HSV VP Senator and Senator 5000i Engine & Driveline Details

Top speed was 220 km/h (137 mph). The car is available with HSV’s 180 kW (241 hp) 5.0-litre V8 engine coupled to a four-speed automatic transmission or five-speed manual. There was actually two versions built: the standard Senator and the Senator 5000i which featured a more powerful 200 kW (270 hp) engine and a 238 km/h (148 mph) top speed. The 5000i was only available with the automatic option.

Engine: 5.0 litre, V8
Power: 180 kW
Torque: 400nm

Performance as stated in various press reviews:
0-100 km/h (60 mph) ?
Standing 400m (1/4 mile) ?
Top Speed: ?

Senator 5000i

Engine: 5.0 litre, V8
Power: 200 kW
Torque: 411nm

Performance as stated in various press reviews:
0-100 km/h (60 mph) ?
Standing 400m (1/4 mile) ?
Top Speed: 238 km/h

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