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Biased: The Holden UTE is the Best Pickup ever

Don't kill me Americans......wait did I hear my doorbell ringing?

1y ago
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Disclaimer : Yes this article is biased. A LOT

Josh S

I've seen the news about people shooting and knifing each other over a dispute about which was the best pickup truck in the States. Now writing this article, I feel a bit scared about some angry Americans knocking on my door, but I'll go on anyway.

Err..... It isn't that attractive... Image from Wikipedia

Err..... It isn't that attractive... Image from Wikipedia

Having grown up in a country where nobody buys pickup trucks for a daily ride, I do have some different opinions and viewpoints on pickups than the average petrolhead. In South Korea, we have the perception that pickup trucks are only for work or delivery services. So nobody buys a pickup for personal use and our domestic companies like Hyundai and Kia don't produce pickups to suit that need at all.

Looks tough, but not my style. Image from Motor1.com

Looks tough, but not my style. Image from Motor1.com

So why do I like the Holden UTE over other pickups? Well, there are a several reasons which mostly relate to my 'perceptions' on pickups. Although I am losing my perception on pickups little by little everyday, I still don't really get the purpose of it. Unless you live in a farm or need to do some heavy duty work, there is really no need to have a gas guzzling V8 and a bodywork which has the aerodynamic coefficient of a brick. There are lots of alternatives, like an SUV, or an estate which can pretty much do the job of carrying a lot of stuff. If you really need to carry a lot, it would be better renting a truck rather than owning a pickup daily. Another problem: the ride isn't as comfortable as I expected. I have never driven the Holden, but my experience with American pickups are that they don't really give the feeling of what I expected in American cars. They were heavy and powerful, but the ride felt pretty much same to a Jeep Wrangler to me. Therefore, I thought, "American pickups are somewhere in between a Jeep Wrangler and a truck".

Image from Motor Trend Canada

Image from Motor Trend Canada

Then why buy a truck for that? It isn't as comfortable for daily use(maybe I have too high expectations) and the loading capacity isn't big as a proper truck. Then I saw this Holden UTE SS-V, with a rumbling 6 liter V8 under its bonnet and a sleek body. If you aren't going to have a smooth ride anyway, why not rather have a fast, nice looking truck instead of a brick? Eureka.

Image from Flickr

Image from Flickr

The Holden UTE SS-V is only offered in a two door version, which makes it very stylish and coupe-like. This is one of the biggest reasons that I'm inclined to it, as other pickups share pretty much the same design code, 'bricks'. Instead, the Holden has a sleek coupe-like look which distinguishes itself from other pickups. However, unlike a coupe, it has a lot of load space in the boot. For me, it seemed like a Mustang which you could pack in some bicycles, camping gear, and if you wanted, even a canoe! The engine produced 362hp, which isn't a lot, but still sounded enough for me and if you were brave enough to tweak it, I am pretty sure it can handle at least 500hp. Also the fact that it is Aussie built inclines me, it is rare around here and I'm pretty sure you'll get plenty of attention :)

I definitely know that some(but actually most) will disagree on this. Some of you might say that coupe-look pickups are like coupe-SUVs. However, this pickup is the one that will suit both my lifestyle and my dreams. Will I ever buy one? Hmm.... not sure about that though :)

So what do you say? You like it or would you rather stick to conventional pickups?

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  • Every time a country stops manufacturing vehicles the world loses a vehicle that is unique to that country itself. Australia invented the car-based utility/pickup, and the world is a lessor place for losing the high performance vehicles that the Holden/Ford utes evolved into that can comfortably fit that flatpack bookcase from Ikea or maybe a surfboard or two (hanging out the back). They murder any other SUV/Truck based utility/pickup at the stoplight grandprix- and I also draw particular attention to the 80kph to 120kph acceleration times, and handling wise from the best paved road to gravel. But not sand. Nooooo- they go bad on sand. They are also very affordable and "fully loaded" however the mad house HSV/FPV units can cost you especially in maintenance and you may need to provide VIN numbers to get increasingly rare spare parts. I have being owning these utes since the 1990's and they have always been $10k to $20k cheaper then the 4WD based competition, but always had sedan comfort and features, usually not featuring Vinyl on both floor and seats. Today's market surge of dual cab popularity has closed (now vacant) gap somewhat when it comes to features and comfort, but performance? Hey 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor owner - "whats your SUV's 0-100kph time and price?"(both missing on Ford Australia's website) My current drive is the 2016 SS 6.2 LS3 Black series ute. It has the same power as the SS-V, and interior, leather, satnav, dual aircon, heads up display, auto parking, rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, etc etc, but not the oversized brakes and wheels that cost a fortune to replace, and I bought new for $45k. My last point however, is addressing the elephant in these utes closet (not tray) . - best not go to the local gardening supplies and ask for a tractor scoop of sand (or soil, or mulch) to be put into the back, these utes are show ponies- not workhorses...loading area best left to a couple of CD's and a Microwave, But then! you cannot secure them. No tie down points at the base of the (plastic) tray. Both Ford and Holden suffered from this deficiency, if you have something lower than the tray sides you cannot secure it. Alright one more rant- The idiot fibreglass tray hard covers, Got a fridge to move? Forgot to uninstall the rear tray Hard top? Nobuhiro Tajima of Pikes Peak monster Suzuki fame likes the size of your new rear wing!!!

      1 year ago
    • Wow ! Thanks for the in-depth response! When I first saw it I also got the idea that it was definitely more of a show pony than a work horse. But for me since I never carry loads of dirt or fridges nor go offroad, this was the perfect pickup for me. So...

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  • I love the Ute! It's a powerful, sleek, off-road capable (with some suspension tuning), V8 powered beast that makes Ford afraid of Chevy for once (since Holden is a Chevy subsidiary.)

    BTW, I'm pretty sure the HSV makes about 420 (lol) bhp stock, so I would personally go for that one instead of the underpowered SS-V.

      1 year ago
  • Sorry to tell you make but we don't make the Holden brand in Australia anymore it's a shame.

      1 year ago
  • One of the rightest things you've ever written, Josh.

      1 year ago
  • The coupe-utility was designed by Ford Australia and they always built the best ones. At times they lacked the V8 option but the modern cab-chassis designs and dedicated LPG made them a world class vehicle if Ford had ever paid enough attention to their own work to recognise it and export them.

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