Aptly named Senator, this is a powerful car and a force to be reckoned with. Under the bonnet is a mammoth power plant—a 6.2 litre supercharged V8 engine with Walkinshaw enhancements creating a whopping 507kW of power and 850Nm of torque. Other Walkinshaw additions include the Pulley Upgrade Kit, Ceramic Coated Headers, Dual Active Cat Back Exhaust, Cold Air Intake and ECU Calibration.
Instead of brash spoilers or grunting snouts, the Senator showcases muscle in a more subtle way. The bonnet flutes and quad pipes are a reminder of its V8 status but they don’t dominate the elegance of the grille, side skirt and boot area.
This feeling continues as you open the doors. The seats whisper luxury with their soft Onyx leather trim and the front ones come with the option of heating and eight ways of adjustment. It’s possible to record your seat’s position too, helpful if there are several people using the car.
The steering wheel is covered in soft, carbon-look leather and tasteful chrome accents have been used throughout the interior—no brash two-toning in sight.
The HSV Senator Signature enhanced by Walkinshaw Performance incorporates a sophisticated instrument cluster including an Enhanced Driver Interface and a jet-fighter-style head-up display so you can keep your eyes on the road. The EDI system allows you to measure g-forces, acceleration, power, torque and even throttle positioning.
Other convenient and helpful technologies that come with the Senator include Satellite Navigation, Front and Rear Park Assist, Automatic Park Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.
One of the top features of the Senator is the Magnetic Ride Control, which allows GTS-like tune-ability with its ‘Touring’, ‘Track’ and ‘Sport’ settings. In ‘Touring’ mode, the MRC system smooths out the ride—sensors around the car update every 1000th of a second to adjust damper firmness. For those who want to go for a burn, the ‘Sport’ or ‘Track’ settings will transform the Senator into a wieldy beast.
The Senator’s cabin does a superior job at dulling the high-volume boom emanating from the V8 engine. The quieter cabin and ‘Touring’ setting of the MRC suspension combine to create a serene cruising experience.
Whether you’re a fan of large-capacity V8 muscle cars or not, in just a couple of years, HSV will no longer produce its Commodore-derived range. The HSV Senator Signature enhanced by Walkinshaw Performance is the epitome of high-performance luxury and will only be around for a limited time. Don’t miss out on a chance to own one. Buy your ticket today!