Biased: The Holden UTE is the Best Pickup ever
Don't kill me Americans......wait did I hear my doorbell ringing?
Disclaimer : Yes this article is biased. A LOT
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
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
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
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
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?