The New Clubsport and Clubsport R8: Race Bred
The VT Series II represented a major update for HSV through the introduction of the new 340 PS (250 kW) 5.7 litre GENIII LS1 V8. The Manta and Senator Signature wagon were both dropped from the line-up due to poor sale performance.
For the first time, a more performance-oriented Clubsport modle was launched, known as the Clubsport R8. It came standard with HSV’s “Performance” suspension and braking package, which were offered as optional extras on the Clubsport.
|Years Produced||1999 – 2000|
|Clubsport R8 Produced||193|
|Clubsport and R8 ‘Hackett Editions’ Produced||200|
The ClubSport. Body and soul by HSV, heart by Chevrolet… a 5.7 litre, 250kW, 473Nm brute beating away inside, backed by an engineering depth built on 44 years of continuous Chevrolet small block V8 development. And, of course, there is a new ultimate ClubSport, the R8 performance version.
The LS1 is a clean sheet design, yet the new engine retains the simplicity, low maintenance and longevity of earlier Chevy V8 engines. But it draws on the latest technology and materials to deliver unprecedented levels of refinement, performance and economy. Launched in the most sophisticated Corvette ever, the LS1 was engineered from the start as one of the world’s great sports car engines. It delivers a seamless rush of power right up to its 6000rpm redline, yet it is remarkably flexible and docile for everyday driving.
The ClubSport and ClubSport R8. Two great HSV road and track packages, now with LS1 power and the same Chevrolet V8 heritage as the famous Holden V8 race cars.
- 250 kW @ 5600 rpm /473Nm @ 4000 rpm.
- HSV 5.7 litre V8 LS1 V8 engine, aluminium block and heads, cast iron cylinder bores.
- Sequential multi-point port fuel injection, cast steel roller rocker arms, roller cam followers, eight coil pack ignition, cross-bolted five main bearings with 6 bolts per bearing cap.
- HSV LS1 sports engine calibration for extra mid-range power and torque.
- HSV ram air type cold air intake.
- HSV stainless steel exhaust extractors.
- HSV high capacity, low back pressure 1.8 litre catalytic converters.
- HSV big bore 57 mm dual exhaust system.
- HSV low back pressure, high volume Sports rear muffler assembly.
- HSV VTII high volume Sports twin pipe outlet.
- HSV engine cover identification.
- Suitable for operation with ULP or PULP fuels.
- High-torque capacity Turbo Hydra-Matic 4L60-E 4-speed electronic automatic transmission with 298 mm torque-converter or
- High-torque capacity T56 six-speed manual transmission specific to LS1, hydraulic clutch
- Traction Control (auto only)
- HSV Performance automatic transmission calibrations
- HSV limited slip differential
- HSV Sports final drive ratio 3.73:1 (manual only)
- Final drive ratio: 3.07:1 (auto only)
- Rack and pinion with power assistance
- Fully independent rear suspension
- HSV Sports coordinated suspension components
- HSV Sports variable-rate front and rear coil springs for compliant ride and sports handling
- HSV Sports front and rear gas dampers for sports ride control and crisp response
- HSV Sports ride height
- HSV 27mm front anti-roll bar, 15mm rear anti-roll bar.
- Twin piston front callipers, single piston rear callipers
- Front ventilated discs 296mm X 28mm
- Rear solid discs 286mm X 16mm
- ABS anti-lock brakes
Wheels & Tyres:
- HSV 5 spoke 17 X 8 inch alloy wheels
- HSV specification premium Bridgestone 235/45ZR17
SO2 directional tyres
- HSV fully integrated exterior styling
- HSV sports grille
- HSV contrasting colour accents front and rear
- HSV side skirts
- HSV sports rear bootlid spoiler with integrated stop lamp
- HSV front fog lamps
- VTII clear side repeater lenses and rear indicators
- HSV contoured Sports seats in dark Florence close weave with Quartz fabric inserts in Heartbeat Red, C5 Blue or Firebird Yellow coordinated to exterior colour
- HSV Quartz fabric door inserts (colour matched)
- HSV colour-coded embossed seat trim logos
- 4-way electric adjustable driver’s seat
- HSV driver and passenger lumbar support
- HSV leather-bound steering wheel with height and reach adjustment
- HSV leather-trimmed automatic and manual shift grip
- HSV metal finish dash surround
- HSV centre console owner’s compartment with quality tyre gauge, Maglite torch, wheel nut cap remover and multi-purpose pen knife
- HSV fully-lined luggage compartment with luggage net
- HSV fire extinguisher
- HSV high contrast light-background instrument cluster with HSV 250 km/h speedometer
- Trip computer digital display (9 functions)
- HSV dash indicator for auto transmission selector and traction control
- HSV 6-speaker sound system including single CD player, tuner, cassette and electric aerial automatic retract
- HSV third generation ESS – Embedded Security System – and immobiliser fully integrated into remote key pad central locking system
- HSV bonnet and side skirt medallions
- HSV VTII silver finish Clubsport badgework
- HSV VTII 250 LS1 identification
- HSV rear decor panel moulding with HSV logo
- HSV Build Plate and individual build number
- HSV Owner’s Certificate
- HSV vehicle identification on centre console owner’s compartment
- HSV Performance Suspension for ultimate handling response and roadholding includes Performance rated springs, dampers and anti-roll bars
- HSV 27mm front anti-roll bar, 16mm rear anti-roll bar
- HSV Performance rated semi-trailing arm inboard bushes
- HSV Performance Brake system with larger 330 X 32mm ventilated front discs, 315 X 18mm ventilated rear discs, upgraded pads – HSV embossed front callipers
- HSV Performance 5 spoke 18 X 8 inch alloy wheels in Thunderbird Silver
- HSV specification premium Bridgestone 235/40ZR18 SO2 directional tyres
- HSV wraparound Performance Coulson seats trimmed in dark Florence/Quartz fabric and colour coded
- HSV R8 identification
- Passenger airbag with side Impact airbags
- HSV Leather seat trim (Clubsport R8 only)
- HSV Premium Brake System with jumbo 343 X 32mm front cross-drilled and ventilated front discs, 315 X 18mm cross-drilled and ventilated rear discs, four piston callipers front and rear, upgraded pads, HSV embossed callipers
- HSV flush glass panel sunroof with push button slide and tilt functions
- HSV SatNav Global Positioning system
- HSV wheel lock nuts
- HSV Genuine Accessories including tailored mats and
- HSV Calibrated 4 speed Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission
HSV VTII CLUBSPORT
HSV VTII CLUBSPORT R8
HSV VTII CLUBSPORT HACKETT