De­tails emerge of ul­ti­mate HSV

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The se­cret is out as su­per­car power is read­ied for the home­grown Com­modore to cre­ate the fastest Holden of all time in 2017.

But it won’t be cheap. The Com­modore with the most power and the fastest top speed since the car hit the road in 1978 is ru­moured to have a pric­etag in the $165,000 re­gion, with some HSV deal­ers ask­ing for de­posits of up to $10,000.

The head­line num­bers are huge: 475kW, or more than 600bhp, with too much torque for any of Holden’s au­to­matic gear­boxes. Be­tween 200 and 250 will be built. The key to the con­ver­sion is the su­per­charged LS9 V8 en­gine from the lat­est Chevro­let Corvette, which will be shipped spe­cially from the USA and then in­stalled on a re­vised pro­duc­tion line at Clay­ton in Mel­bourne.

It’s been ap­proved for a once-only in­stal­la­tion by HSV for a car that is al­ready known by fans as the GTS-R but it ex­pected to have some­thing more charis­matic for show­rooms next year.

HSV re­fuses to com­ment on any fu­ture-model plans, even com­pany chief Ryan Walkin­shaw keep­ing his pow­der dry, but some de­tails are leak­ing from ea­ger deal­ers. The ‘last of the big bangers’ will eas­ily trump the cur­rent HSV headliner, the GTS, with gen­uine su­per­car per­for­mance at the Fer­rari and Porsche level. It will even top the HSV W427 built in 2008. That car – only 137 were built, cost­ing $155,000 each, be­fore the Global Fi­nan­cial Cri­sis killed de­mand – had a seven-litre V8 en­gine also sourced from GM in the USA.

Mean­while, HSV chalked up another mile­stone in June when a su­per­charged GEN-F2 Club­Sport R8 LSA be­came the 85,000th ve­hi­cle to roll off the Clay­ton pro­duc­tion line. It’s ear­marked for HSV’s old­est dealer, Garry and War­ren Smith in Oak­leigh.

“From humble be­gin­nings at our Not­ting Hill pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity in 1987,” HSV chief Tim Jack­son said, “with just three em­ploy­ees, a sin­gle desk, two chairs and one tele­phone, to the pro­duc­tion of our 85,000th ve­hi­cle, we are con­stantly re­minded of the ded­i­ca­tion and pas­sion our em­ploy­ees, deal­ers and own­ers con­tinue to show. This is a mile­stone that can be proudly shared by them all.”

The news fol­lowed con­fir­ma­tion HSV will build three lim­ited edi­tion mod­els in 2016 – the last to fea­ture HSV’s 6.2-litre LS3 en­gine. Pro­duc­tion of Club­Sport R8 SV Black and Maloo R8 RV Black mod­els com­menced in June, with ‘Grange SV’ and Club­Sport R8 ‘Track Edi­tion’ to fol­low in Septem­ber.

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