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Beat your neighbor to the hardware store with Vauxhall’s Camaro-powered Maloo pickup

General Motors’ England-based Vauxhall division has updated the segment-defying Maloo with more power and a revised front fascia for the 2016 model year.

The most accurate way to describe the Maloo is to say it’s a modern interpretation of the Chevrolet El Camino that was deep-sixed in 1987 after a decades-long production run. Equal parts car and pickup truck, the Maloo is manufactured in Australia by General Motors-owned Holden, the same company that builds the Chevrolet SS, but a handful of examples are shipped to England each year with a Vauxhall emblem on the grille.

Discreet at best, the visual modifications include 20-inch alloy wheels, a new splitter up front, and gloss black air vents in the hood, The cabin is largely carried over from last year’s model, but it comes nicely appointed with navigation, dual-zone A/C, leather upholstery, and Bluetooth connectivity.


Power is provided by a 6.2-liter V8 engine called LSA in GM-speak that uses an Eaton supercharger to generate about 536 horsepower at 6,150 rpm — 105 ponies more than last year’s model — and nearly 500 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm. Borrowed from the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, the eight-cylinder sends the Maloo from 0 to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds and on to a top speed that’s electronically limited to 155 mph for the sake of safety. A six-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential both come standard, but buyers who want to go clutch-less can order a six-speed automatic unit at an extra cost.

To put those performance figures into perspective, the rear-wheel drive Maloo can keep up with a Porsche 911 Carrera down a drag strip, and Vauxhall points out it earns the honor of being the fastest commercial vehicle currently sold in the United Kingdom. It would easily out-perform every truck sold in the United States too, but General Motors has made it crystal clear that it has no plans to offer the Maloo on our shores.

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The Maloo isn’t all about going as fast as possible in a straight line. It’s classified as a truck, after all, and it can haul nearly 1,200 pounds when it’s equipped with a manual transmission.

In England, the 2016 Vauxhall Maloo carries a base price of £54,500, a sum that converts to roughly $81,241, once taxes are factored in.