GTS is off to a flyer

Most pow­er­ful Aus­tralian­made car shapes up as an in­stant clas­sic

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about the new model but this year’s al­lo­ca­tion of GTS sedans is likely to sell out quickly fol­low­ing the re­lease of of­fi­cial pho­tos— but not price.

The GTS is ex­pected to start at about $95,000 plus on-road costs. Only two Com­modores have cost more— the limited edi­tion HSV W427 sold for $155,500 in 2008-09 and the last GTS near­ing $100,000 was the Call­away V8-pow­ered ver­sion from 2003, at $97,500. ‘‘ This is the big­gest re­sponse we’ve had for any HSV launch,’’ says HSV sales and mar­ket­ing boss Tim Jack­son. ‘‘ We’ve gen­uinely been over­whelmed by the reaction.’’

GTS cus­tomers will need to be pa­tient. The Clubs­port and Maloo are due in show­rooms in July but the first GTS sedans are not due un­til late Septem­ber.

As ex­clu­sively re­vealed by News Limited last month, the new GT’s 430kW/740Nm out­puts make it the most pow­er­ful sedan on sale in Aus­tralia un­til the new Mercedes-Benz E63AMG ar­rives later in the year. But the GTS will out­gun its Euro­pean ri­vals on price— most of them cost more than $200,000. The GTS is ex­pected to do the 0-100km/h sprint in less than 4.5 sec­onds.

Be­yond the mus­cle, the GTS is also loaded with smarts. Ad­vance­ments in­clude a trac­tion con­trol sys­tem in­spired by Porsche and sus­pen­sion tech­nol­ogy also used by Fer­rari.

Some mod­els will come with a head-up dis­play that re­flects ve­hi­cle speed and other key data into the wind­screen in the driver’s line of sight, sim­i­lar to that used by BMW. HSV cars re­tain Holden’s self-park­ing tech­nol­ogy, stan­dard on the new VF Com­modore range.

HSV has ended its 25-year re­la­tion­ship with Ja­panese tyre maker Bridge­stone and switched to high per­for­mance Con­ti­nen­tal tyres, orig­i­nally de­vel­oped for Mercedes-Benz.

The big news is the su­per­charged 6.2-litre V8 GTS but the rest of the HSV range re­tains the Corvette-sourced 6.2-litre V8 from the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion (with 317kW or 325kW). An op­tion pack on the Clubs­port R8 and Maloo R8 de­liv­ers 340kW/570Nm.

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