De­posits taken

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle News -

Await­ing list is form­ing quickly for the last of the big bangers. As this is­sue of AMC closed for press there was no con­fir­ma­tion from Holden Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles, but deal­ers are al­ready tak­ing de­posits – as much as $20,000 is be­ing de­manded in one case – for the GTS-R.

Clay­ton re­fused to com­ment on the GTS-R spec­u­la­tion, but it’s clear from a trade­mark reg­is­tra­tion on De­cem­ber 15 – cov­er­ing both ve­hi­cles and mer­chan­dise – that the project is un­der­way.

Some in­sid­ers are hint­ing at a sig­nif­i­cant per­for­mance boost for the car, with its su­per­charged LSA V8 per­haps be­ing hiked up to 475 kilo­Watts and 800 New­ton-me­tres. De­spite some HSV deal­ers al­ready tak­ing de­posits, they can pro­vide few de­tails. Sev­eral are hint­ing at a price be­tween $120,000 and $160,000, with de­liv­er­ies com­ing in the sec­ond half of 2017.

“For peo­ple ask­ing, the best ad­vice I can pro­vide at the mo­ment is build a good re­la­tion­ship with your dealer,” Tim Jack­son, manag­ing di­rec­tor of HSV, tells Aus­tralian Mus­cle Car mag­a­zine.

It’s a solid hint that the GTS-R will be the last blast for the Com­modore in 2017, as well as re­viv­ing the badge pre­vi­ously used in 1996 on a VS-based hotrod with a giant, V8 Su­per­carstyle rear wing.

The GTS-R (see fea­ture story) made a huge im­pact when it was un­veiled at that year’s Syd­ney Mo­tor Show, al­though one motoring writer de­scribed the look as like “walk­ing around with your fly un­done” in a com­ment that in­fu­ri­ated for­mer HSV boss John Cren­nan. Just 85 copies of the car were built. While GTS-R spec­u­la­tion is swirling around the Com­modore, HSV owner Ryan Walkin­shaw is stay­ing cagey about the runout of the longterm Holden hero.

“We at HSV don’t talk about num­bers as we are about pro­duc­ing great cars. Gen F2 has been re­ally well re­ceived and sell­ing ex­tremely well,” he says.

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