The 2016 Vauxhall Maloo LSA is proof positive that absurd power upgrades can make any vehicle better. To take things to extremes, the UK brand ditches an already potent 425-horsepower LS3 V8 in favor of a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that makes 529 hp and 495 pound-feet of torque. Vauxhall even jokes in the announcement that this beast isn’t for folks that value fuel economy or low emissions; it’s all about muscle.
The Maloo is originally from GM’s Holden division in Australia, and that market even has an asinine (in the best way possible) 577-hp version of the car-based pickup. This UK model may not be quite that powerful, but it sill offers ample performance. The company claims the latest high-performance Maloo can get to 62 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds. To make the best use of that power, Vauxhall stiffens the suspension and includes a standard limited-slip differential. Plus, drivers can haul 1,190 pounds of stuff in the back.
The Maloo LSA shows off its ridiculous power on the road through some exterior revisions. The redesigned front bumper features a small splitter, and there are black air vents in the hood. It also rides on new 20-inch wheels. The on-the-road price for this piece of automotive madness in the UK is 54,500 pounds ($81,165 at current exchange rates).