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2010-02-22 08:47

A wet road. A 470kW rear-wheel drive sedan. You’d have to be a proper Australian bloke to even try this without topping up on your life-insurance.

You might dislike its Tom Walkinshaw heritage, but there’s nothing wrong with the traction breaching capabilities of the WP HSV E2.

Down under, where Victoria-based Tom Walkinshaw performance (WP) engineered the HSV E2 kit, they call it the Holden VE Commodore. It's occasionally referred to as the blue collar M5, too.

In South Africa you know it as the Chevrolet Lumina. Now, if the stock 6l V8’s 270kW/530Nm outputs are not quite able to induce enough sideways action via the rear-axle for your tastes, well, WP have just the solution.

Just slap a blower on it, mate

Cryptically called the E2, this is one serious performance upgrade for car which hardly needs to be faster than it already is rolling off the showroom floor.

It hinges primarily on the installation of a supercharger to the 6l V8 engine's fuel thirst, which boosts power by 200kW to a new peak of 470kW. The even sillier number is the E2’s graph turning point toque value of 770Nm - which coincidentally is the same as a Panamera Turbo's in Sport Plus mode...

High-flow injectors, 76mm diameter exhaust plumbing and a harmonised ECU upgrade ensure the engine exhibits very few modified idiosyncrasies. 

To ensure there are commensurate dynamic checks and balances, WP enhanced Luminas feature larger brake rotors.

These aftermarket WP stoppers are 10mm bigger up front (26mm larger aft) with two additional callipers per rotors on the front axle (now featuring six-piston actuation) and three more at the rear. WP engineer a 20mm suspension drop to aid high-stability too.

Beyond the significant increase in engine output, the WP kit embellishes the Lumina styling package with unique 20-inch wheels, carbon-fibre fender vents (necessary to cool the brakes), a generous bonnet scoop (well, it’s supercharged) and an afterthought rear deck spoiler.

The best part of this WP Lumina conversion? The press release image of some brave Australian hustling 470kW worth of Lumina across Victoria state’s rain drenched backroads…

And the worst part? Well the 'WP' abbreviated badging won't go down particularly well in Blue Bulls country, now will it?


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