Top 5 Hottest Aussie-built Cars

Article by Christian A., on December 22, 2016

The declining Australian automobile industry suddenly made us want to reminisce about the hottest Aussie cars from yesteryears. In case you haven’t heard of the news yet, Toyota, General Motors and Ford will soon stop producing their cars in Australia, which is sad.

Over the years, we’ve seen some of the best automobiles that only came from here. Some of those cars were not even rebranded or brought to the US. Still, these hot models became synonymous to Australian car industry just like Cadbury is for chocolate.

The Aussies practically coined the term “ute” for utility vehicle. So we think the hottest “ute” deserves a mention here too.

1. HSV GTS Maloo

Holden Special Vehicles’ GTS Maloo is probably the best one we can think of. Can you imagine a pickup truck that doubles as a sports car?

Well, this awesome ute features a 585hp, 6.2L LSA V8 engine. Basically, when you have this vehicle, it’s like you have one very useful hauling truck by day, and a dashing sport ute by night. How awesome is that?

2. Holden Monaro

Another hot Australian-made vehicle we fondly recall is the Monaro. The original Holden Monaro came around 1968 to 1977 that boasts a 5.7L V8 engine. It then made a phenomenal comeback in 2001 until 2006, which came with a much powerful 400hp 6L LS2 V8 engine.

With its 6-speed manual gearbox, the Monaro is probably one of the best coupes for the new millennium. In short, car enthusiasts fell in love with the new Monaro, which resulted in Pontiac GTO (US version) and the Vauxhall (for the UK). Highly epic.

3. Holden Commodore GTS-R

Then we have the Holden Commodore GTS-R that comes with a 6.2L supercharged V8 engine. Think of ZL1 Camaro’s and ZR-1 Corvette’s engines and there you have it. Hot wheels? Definitely.

4. Chevrolet SS

The US also got its rebadged version of the standard Holden Commodore featuring 415 hp V8 engine. The Chevy SS as they call it, came before Pontiac G8 and was also made for the US market. With its 4-doors and close resemblance to a Chevrolet Malibu, the Chevy SS is one of the best cars made for the family.

5. Ford Falcon FPV

Last but not the least, the Ford Falcon is probably one of the hottest Australian cars we’d surely never forget. The Falcon also has a “ute” version of the sedan, which is the Falcon FPV.

The special edition sedan boasts 450hp as it comes with 5L supercharged V8 engine. This eventually became the Ford Taurus in the US. One word for this? Unforgettable.

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