Overview of the Hsv Clubsport
Holden Special Vehicles, the company behind go-faster Commodores, introduced the Clubsport badge in 1990 - representing the entry point to the HSV range. Across the years, it has been available in sedan and wagon (Tourer) forms and always powered by a V8 that continually grew in size and power before the final 6.2-litre (LS3) version. In its final years, an LSA version featured the 400kW supercharged V8 from the flagship GTS model, albeit in detuned form. Sales of the HSV Clubsport ended after Holden ceased local production of the Commodore in late 2017.
HSV CLUBSPORT GENERATIONS (SINCE 1997)
Fuel Consumption (2013-2017)
6.2L V8: 12.6 to 15.0 litres per 100km
6.2L supercharged V8: 15.0 to 15.3 litres per 100km
= Highly economical.
= Good economy.
= Average fuel use.
= Heavy consumption.
Check your local Holden/HSV dealer. HSV Clubsport parts and accessoriescan be found on Gumtree.
SIMILAR MODELS TO HSV CLUBSP ORT
Ford Falcon XR8
Holden Commodore SS-V
Chrysler 300C SRT
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: HSV CLUBSPORT (GEN-F 2013-2017)
The last of the Australian-made HSVs were mechanically tough vehicles with incredible levels of performance. And that last bit is your clue on what to watch out for.
Essentially, these cars were made to be driven hard and bought by owners who were planning to do just that. So watch for badly repaired crash damage, particularly on the aluminium bonnet and bootlid (aluminium can be trickier to repair).
The rule of thumb says that if you can see where repairs have been made, then they haven't been made properly.
Any car as new as this should also have a full service record and oil changes are important as this engine in this tune tends to run its oil fairly hot.
The big danger is that you wind up with a car that has been used for track-days. So check for things like extra tow-hooks, aftermarket gauges and even wheel rims that are scuffed and scratched, suggesting a lot of previous tyre-changes.
Mechanically, the big recurring problem is failed hydraulic lifters, so listen for a ticking noise when the engine is idling and first started.