2010 Chevrolet CSV CR8 | new car review

Posted on Jun 6, 2010 by
2010 Chevrolet CSV CRB

2010 CSV CRB

The 2010 is a high performance version of the Lumina SS and a rebadged version of the Australian-built Holden HSV Clubsport.

CSV actually stands for Chevrolet Special Vehicles while the 8 denotes the V8 motor that powers this super sedan. Introduced in the Middle East in 2008, the CSV CR8 received a Corvette-sourced 6.2-litre V8 in 2009, which further increased its performance over the Lumina SS.

The new motor belts out 425bhp, good for propelling the large sedan from 0 to 100kph in about five seconds and onto a limited top speed of 250kph. The CSV CR8 is available with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, both of which transmit power to the car’s rear wheels.

The car’s sporty intentions are further highlighted by its use of a limited-slip differential for improved power delivery, as well as large brakes, 19-inch alloy wheels and a full body kit with spoiler. The interior is upholstered in two-tone leather. Standard equipment includes a CD/MP3 player with in-dash CD changer, Bluetooth phone, power windows and mirrors, cruise control and keyless entry.

The interior however is rudimentary and does not afford many luxuries. Options include a rear-seat DVD player and a sunroof. Dual front and side-curtain airbags, stability and traction control and ABS brakes are standard safety equipment on the CSV CR8. While the car does not match the refinement or prestige of rivals like the M5 and RS6, it does offer similar level of performance at a fraction of the cost.

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