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10th November, 2010

South African tuning company LupiniPower has introduced its wild 535 bhp Chevrolet SuperUte.

Based on the already impressive Chevrolet Lumina Ute SS, (Holden Commodore SS utility in Australia) the 535 bhp 590 lb.ft 6-litre supercharged V8 SuperUte is a ute with super car credentials offering 4.5-second 0-100 km/h acceleration, dramatic overtaking ability and elasticity. SuperUte is also more economical than standard while still remaining docile, gentle and easy to drive.

Powered by a supercharged V8, SuperUte is a super car – 0-60 mph acceleration of an automatic version improves from the standard Ute’s already handy 6 seconds to 4.4 seconds, while 0-100 mph flashes by in 9.9 seconds – almost four seconds faster than standard.

SuperUte reaches 125 mph in 15.5 seconds – that’s over five seconds quicker than stock, boasts a quarter-mile time of 12.7 seconds at 113 mph and runs the standing kilometre in 22.8 seconds at 150 mph while top speed is up 25 mph to 175 mph.

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SuperUte is not just all speed and power – improvements extend to bigger race-specification front disc brakes and callipers, while subtle yet effective suspension tweaks will see the Ute’s already impressive handling, road holding and dynamic ability also improve without undue compromise to ride and comfort.

The TractionBar is a unique SuperUte device that Lupini applies to enable the utu to dip well below the five-second 0-60 mph-acceleration bracket.

Another vital LupiniPower aspect is the company’s standard Warranty and Service Plan in its home market to ensure customer peace of mind normally lost when factory plans are voided by such aftermarket modifications. SuperUte enjoys a 5-year Unlimited LupiniPlan Performance Warranty in South Africa.

The Lupini SuperUte comes with a striking staggered 20” wheel and tyre set-up with 8.5J front and 10J wide rear alloy wheels and Bridgestone Potenza RE050 ultra-high performance tyres, while option boxes available to be ticked include full Bilstein suspension and a limited-slip differential for the serious track day fan.

An identical LupiniPower SuperLumina option is available on the Chevrolet Lumina SS sedan.


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