Lupini SuperUte: The $91K 535 hp Corvette ZR1 of El Caminos

Lupini SuperUte: The $91K 535 hp ZR1 of El Caminos
By Robby DeGraff

Got a Corvette ZR1 but need to haul more than your backside up the street? Check out the Lupini Chevrolet SuperUte. It's the ZR1 of Chevy El Caminos.

What’s that you say, Lupini? No, it’s not another Italian exotic-car manufacturer we’ve never heard of. It’s a South Africa-based tuner known for churning out high-performance variants of BMWs, Fords, Opels, Subarus and Volkswagens.

LupiniPower, a family-owned company with more than 80 years of racing experience, started in the early 1950s when Greg Lupini took delivery of the first Ferrari to come to South Africa. The Scuderia Lupini racing team was created and went on to compete with Ferraris, Porsches and Maseratis in the Monaco Grand Prix, South African Grand Prix and other races.

Today, LupiniPower tweaks the performance of two subcompacts — making the 150-horsepower Lupini Ford Fiesta 1.6 and the 135-hp Lupini Suzuki Swift 1.5 — and builds a mean-looking Lupini Chevrolet SuperUte that puts out a whopping 535 hp.


Based on the Chevrolet Ute SS – the same car-truck that was supposed to come to the U.S. as the Pontiac G8 ST -- the heart of this black monster of a pickup is similar to the supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 V-8 found in the Corvette ZR1. When building high-performance variants, LupiniPower tries to make them more fuel efficient, more powerful and more affordable for enthusiasts.

This SuperUte is, without a doubt, a supercar, er, truck. It will go from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, about as fast as an Aston Martin DB9 or Lamborghini Gallardo. It hits 100 mph in less than 10 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 175 mph. With a quarter-mile time of 12.7 seconds, the SuperUte would go neck-and-neck with a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti on the drag strip.

Bigger front disc brakes and calipers and full Bilstein suspension help the SuperUte handle even better. LupiniPower’s TractionBar helps manage the SuperUte’s impressive 590 pounds-feet of torque and achieve its blistering zero-to-60 acceleration.

LupiniPower even offers a limited-slip differential for track enthusiasts. Unqiue 20-inch staggered black wheels are wrapped in wide high-performance Bridgestone Potenza tires, 245s up front and 285s in the rear.

Of course, high performance comes at a cost. A new Lupini Chevrolet SuperUte starts at around $91,000, and it comes with a five-year warranty. That may seem expensive for a Ute, but keep in mind that you’d get supercar performance combined with the bed of a pickup truck! No. It’s not available for the U.S.


[Source: LupiniPower]


Not my thing but cool for what it is. Too bad we will never see one here in the US!

Not many race vehicles run 20" rims, so I say a poser for looks and straight line speeds only.

91k for a straight line only vehicle? Way over blown.

Looks cool!

91k could be spent smartly elsewhere. Think of the other sport cars available for the money. Thing looks like a roller skate.

you also have to keep in mind that this is basically a corvette ZR1, last time i checked those cost almost $120,000. It is very reasonably priced and if you ask me, it is unique in a good way. and to top it off, it can actually be used for more then just racing. it might not be able to hold alot, but it can hold and that makes a difference to alot of people.

The Holden Maloo is similar but you have a lot of people tuning Holden SS Utes in Australia. The Maloo is a better handler than the new Camaro.,0.jpg

So they made another El Camino? Great work guys

Coming from SA who right now only really has Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge as USA cars in the country a proper (Aussie) muscle car is amazing and to even see the engine from the ZR1 in this country just blows my mind.. i fear my life expectancy will drop dramatically if I get my hands on this car :P

The horsepower rating actually is closer to the Cadillac CTS-V. It's LSA code supercharged V8 is rated at 556 hp.

I'll take 2. LOL. Cool car for those with deeper pockets than 99% of us.

Already been done, Walkinshaw have owned the Holden tuning crown for years.

cool looking vehicle, but ill take my ford raptor and the extra 40$ and take it across the us in all the sweet desert racing courses. would be cool to see though for sure

All I can say is we should the ute in the U.S what ever form, stock V-6 or V-8 SS. Is someone at GM listening!!

Another silly ute design. Yawn....

The combination of 535hp and slammed pick up is awesome

Am I the only guy who would love a 4-banger diesel version of this thing to carry actual cargo?

@luke it is like having a 4 banger diesel version of a Corvette.
A normal Holden Ute would carry this.
Ford's Cab Chassis version of a Ute carries a lot more.

I had a elcamio ss and loved it, when i herd that gm was comming out with another one i was really looking foward to it. I hope thay do. the one in this feture would be grate but the price needs to be affordable enouph for the average person,needs to have plenty of power under the hood and handle good.

Does any one know if we would get it in Australia and it that in austrailan dollars

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