Chinese ute has Aussie hot rod house makeover
CHINESE commercial vehicle maker LDV is getting some help from an Aussie Supercars champion.
Walkinshaw Automotive, best known for its high-performance Holden Commodores, has lent its expertise to build a special edition LDV T60 Trailrider workhorse.
The Australian outfit has worked with the Chinese company to improve the 4WD T60's ride and handling by tuning the suspension for local conditions.
Several manufacturers - including Hyundai and Holden - have had success making their vehicles ride more comfortably by tuning suspension to suit local conditions and road quality.
Only 650 examples of the limited edition LDV T60 Trailrider will be built. Prices start from $38,937 drive-away in manual guise (automatic adds $2000), a premium of about $8000 over the base T60.
LDV local boss Dinesh Chinnappa believes that Walkinshaw's expertise will be a boon for the Chinese company and its customers.
"(The limited edition) is the result of the Walkinshaw Automotive Group working closely with LDV in China to produce a new and unique suspension calibration that is ideally suited to Australian road conditions and driver requirements," says Chinnappa.
LDV has loaded the Trailride with extra gear including 19-inch alloy wheels, black nudge bar, sports bar and side steps and a locking roller tonneau cover. A black grille and Trailrider decals on the sides, rear and bonnet finish the exterior touches.
The Trailrider is powered by the same 2.8-litre turbo diesel (110kW/360Nm) as the rest of the range.