The Holden Special Vehicles GTS Maloo ute is one of the most collectable vehicles in the modern muscle car era. Fitted with the same hi-tech computer-controlled stability control system as a Porsche 911, and the same supercharged V8 engine that’s in the Chevrolet Camaro, it is widely considered the fastest ute in the world, capable of hitting 0-100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds – exactly the same as the Porsche Carrera 911.
Meet the Holden Special Vehicles GTS Maloo – the world’s fastest ute, packed with the torque and handling capabilities as the Porsche Carrera 911 and the same supercharged V8 engine as a Chevrolet Camaro.
The Maloo GTS
Not your average Holden ute, the GTS Maloo managed to stay under wraps while they developed the car over a four year period. Coming in at around $85,000 it is the the mot expensive ute ever sold in Australia.
With only 250 models ever made, it is also unbelievably exclusive (the first 150 sold within 24 hours) – perhaps the rarest in Australian history. This compares to the lauded Falcon GT final editions, with only 500 made, and the HSV GTS sedans which sell in the thousands each year.
Although there are two US-made utes (or pickups, as they’re called in the States) that could match the Maloo in power, both ride too high and are too heavy to match it in speed. The Maloo GTS also has incredible breaking power, with a powerful set of AP radical six-piston brake callipers with 390mm front and 371mm rear two-piece rotors, similar to what you would find in a V8 Supercar.
The GTS Maloo features torque vectoring technology that would find in a Porsche Carrera – widely considered to be a world-first in a utility vehicle.
“Torque Vectoring helps reduce understeer by generating a ‘rotational moment’ in the rear axle when the vehicle is under power,” says Holden. “The vehicle’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system detects the understeer event, applies braking to the inside rear wheel and transfers torque to the outside rear wheel.”
Back in 2004, a Dodge Ram packed with a V10 taken from a Dodge Viper cracked the top speed ever recorded from a ute at 248.7km/h. Then, in 2006, Mark Skaife claimed the Guinness World Record in a HSV Maloo R8 at 271.4 km/h.
Now the GTS Maloo is widely considered the fastest ute in the world – it’s not hard to see why. Check out all the specs in the video below:
Engine: 6162cc V8, OHV, 16v, supercharger
Power: 430kW @ 6150rpm
Torque: 740Nm @ 3850rpm
0-100km/h: 4.7sec (tested)
0-400m: 12.6sec @ 185.8km/h (tested)