GTS is off to a flyer
Most powerful Australianmade car shapes up as an instant classic
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.