July 23 (Bloomberg) — Holden Special Vehicles, the performance-car maker for General Motors Corp. in Australia, has produced the nation’s most expensive car, a 7-liter, V8 monster with brakes strong enough in my test drive to rein in its 503 horses before I hit an escaped cow.
The A$155,500 ($151,800) W427 is based on Australia’s everyman people mover the Commodore, so the muscle car’s looks won’t turn heads the way its European rivals do. In the same power class are the Audi S6 V10, BMW M5, Mercedes E63 AMG and Maserati Quattroporte, all of which cost more than A$200,000.
Nor is it the most fuel-efficient mode of travel in these days of record oil prices — expect just 13.7 miles per gallon.
The domestic car industry continues to receive tariff protection and creates a 7 litre monster while Rudd hands over $70 million to Toyota’s domestic operation to produce a hybrid.