The VX Clubsport was launched in early 2000 and featured the same V8 engine as the Clubsport VT Series II, but with an increased power output, up by 5 kW to 255 kW.
Acting on feedback from owners, HSV strove to differentiate its range of vehicles from the standard Holden offerings. To achieve this, HSV introduced more distinguishing bodykit and interior designs.
Toe-control links for the rear suspension was now fitted across the range in line with the Holden VX series update, for improved handling. The VXII update also brought with it the addition of Microdots across the range in order to reduce theft, a feature HSV refers to as HSV DNA.
Inside, the ClubSport R8 moves closer to HSV’s premium performance models with set and forget climate control and a 10 CD changer. Wraparound Performance seats with new trim colours and fabrics are shared with the latest GTS along with a myriad of extra exterior and interior trim details to set the ClubSport R8 apart.
The Clubsport R8 also fetures HSV VX R8-specific 5 spoke 8” x 18” alloy wheels with 330 mm front and 315 mm ventilated, HSV Performance brakes standard.
VX Clubsport R8 Produced 597 Auto / 480 Man
HSV VX Clubsport R8 – Standard Specification
Brakes HSV performance brake system with larger 330 x 32mm ventilated and grooved front discs with upgraded HSV embossed front calipers and pads 315 x 18mm ventilated and grooved rear discs silver finish front and rear hubs Cabin Upper level single zone climate control Visor-mounted illuminated vanity mirrors and front seat belt height adjustment HSV Techno matching fabric door inserts 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 Air-conditioning Body colour exterior mirrors with electric remote adjustment Electric windows Remote central locking and boot release Two stage unlocking driver’s door only and passenger door functions Driver HSV leather-trimmed automatic and manual shift grip Cruise control HSV silver alloy dash surround finish colour HSV embossed steering wheel centre, leather-bound steering wheel with embossed pattern sections, steering wheel mounted audio controls and height and reach adjustment HSV chrome interior door handles HSV high contrast Mariner blue instrument cluster with HSV 250 km/h speedometer HSV 255 LS1 specific tachometer with 6000 rpm redline Trip computer digital display HSV dash indicator for auto transmission selector Traction control indicator and switch for manual and auto 12-function trip computer Headlamps automatic switch-off Battery saver with timed automatic accessory shutdown Engine 255 LS1 Chevrolet Heritage 255 kW @ 5600 rpm 475Nm @ 4000 rpm (PULP) HSV 5.7 litre LS1 V8 engine HSV VX 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 VX intermediate mufflers HSV big bore 57 mm dual exhaust system HSV VX low back pressure, high volume rear muffler assembly with tuned exhaust note HSV high volume Sports twin pipe outlet HSV engine cover identification Exhaust Exterior Upper level belt and drip mouldings HSV R8 badgework in black chrome on rear decor panel New premium shaded headlights, tail lights and rear decor panel HSV VX fully integrated exterior styling HSV VX sports grille and wide lower air intake HSV contrasting colour accents front and rear HSV VX side skirts HSV VX Sports rear bootlid spoiler with integrated stop lamp HSV VX front fog lamps MAIN FEATURES Driver and Passenger airbags Side impact airbags Front seat belt pre-tensioners Air-conditioning Body colour exterior mirrors with electric remote adjustment Electric windows Remote central locking and boot release Two stage unlocking driver’s door only and passenger door functions 12-function trip computer Cruise control Headlamps automatic switch-off Battery saver with timed automatic accessory shutdown HSV DNA with individual vehicle identification number Handling Rack and pinion with power assistance Fully independent rear suspension with multi-link HSV Touring 2 coordinated suspension components to suit multi-link component HSV Touring 2 variable-rate front and rear coil springs for compliant ride and sports handling HSV Touring 2 front and rear gas dampers for sports ride control and crisp response HSV Touring 2 ride height HSV 28mm front anti-roll bar, 15mm rear anti-roll bar Front anti-roll bar ball joint drop links
Wheels HSV VX R8-specific 5 spoke 8 X 18 inch alloy wheels in Capri Silver HSV specification premium Bridgestone 235/40ZR18 S03 directional tyres
HSV VX 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 HSV embossed callipers front and rear (red), upgraded pads, single bleed per calliper, silver finish front and rear hubs HSV VX Performance Suspension for faster handling response includes Performance rated springs, dampers and anti-roll bars, HSV Performance-rated rear lower control arm inboard bushes HSV Anthracite Leather seat trim with grey stitching HSV flush glass panel sunroof with push button slide and tilt functions HSV SatNav HSV Genuine Accessories including tailored mats and protection equipment Designer interior s Reef Blue, Aurora and Iron Grey co-oridinated to exterior colour. R8 SMARTPAK S Premium Brakes and Performance Suspension Leather trim and sunroof Performance Safety Driver and Passenger airbags Side impact airbags Front seat belt pre-tensioners Seating HSV contoured Performance seats in dark Diamond Night close weave bolsters with Techno fabric inserts in Grey Stone HSV embroidered front and rear seat logos in silver grey 4-way electric adjustable driver’s seat HSV driver and passenger lumbar support Security HSV third generation ’ESS’ Embedded Security System and immobiliser fully integrated into HSV remote key pad HSV embossed remote keypad central locking system Sounds Maestro sound system with 10 stack CD player, 260 Watt amplifier and upper level speakers (8)
Transmission High-torque capacity Turbo Hydra-Matic 4L60-E 4-speed electronic automatic transmission with 298 mm torque-converter (al) High-torque capacity T56 six-speed manual transmission specific to LS1, hydraulic clutch Traction Control on 6 speed manual and 4 speed auto HSV VX 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)