HSV sent wheel­ing

Not much gets past an HSV. Ex­cept when it’s sta­tion­ary

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News - JOSHUA DOWLING NA­TIONAL MO­TOR­ING ED­I­TOR joshua.dowling@news.com.au Twit­ter: @JoshuaDowl­ing

THE fastest and most pow­er­ful pro­duc­tion car ever made in Aus­tralia — the Holden Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles GTS — has come to a grind­ing halt.

De­mand is so strong for the su­per­charged V8 sedan that HSV has run out of wheels.

More than 100 GTS sedans are wait­ing for wheels at HSV’s Clay­ton fa­cil­ity af­ter an or­der mix-up with the wheel sup­plier in Tai­wan.

HSV and the sup­plier are now in a race against time to de­liver the $100,000 Hold­ens to cus­tomers be­fore Christ­mas.

“We’ve given cus­tomers the op­tion of choos­ing other wheels, but most are wait­ing for the gen­uine GTS wheels,” said HSV di­rec­tor of sales and mar­ket­ing Tim Jack­son.

“We ex­pect to have the back­log cleared within a week so we can get them to deal­ers. It is our plan for cus­tomers to have their cars in plenty of time for the sum­mer hol­i­days.”

The HSV GTS al­ready has a three-month wait­ing list, but the wheel woes have pushed back de­liv­er­ies by about a fort­night.

HSV fore­cast sales of about 500 su­per­charged GTS sedans in the sec­ond half of the year, but has so far sold 600, more than was orig­i­nally planned.

“We’ve sold ev­ery car we’ve built, we’ve been over­whelmed with the re­sponse,” said Mr Jack­son.

The HSV GTS is pow­ered by a su­per­charged 6.2-litre V8 (430kW/740Nm) bor­rowed from a high per­for­mance Ca­maro and Cadil­lac in North Amer­ica.

The HSV GTS can do the 0 to 100km/h dash in 4.3 sec­onds, mak­ing it eas­ily the fastes­tac­cel­er­at­ing car made in Aus­tralia. Top speed is lim­ited to 250km/h ac­cord­ing to Gen­eral Mo­tors’ in­ter­na­tional guide­lines.

But the speed lim­iter was dis­abled for a demon­stra­tion run at this year’s Bathurst 1000 in a race against the

Holden Rac­ing Team V8 Su­per­car.

Driv­ing the HSV GTS, cham­pion racer Garth Tan­der saw more than 280km/h on Con­rod Straight, just a few kilo­me­tres slower than a V8 Su­per­car.

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