1994 HSV VR GTS 215i
Reminiscent of the over-muscled and underbraked Aussie ‘supercars’ of the 1970s, HSV’s flagship VR GTS 215i took a generous serving of raw Aussie muscle and ensconced it in a welldeveloped chassis. The result? A true-blue Aussie muscle car that was not only incredibly rapid but also composed and refined on the road — a car that, at the time, was unlike anything else built locally. It still holds a reputation as one of Australia’s ’90s hero cars. The extra firepower came courtesy of a stroked Holden V8, displacing 5.7 litres, and good for a factory-rated power output of 215kW (288hp) and a massive 475Nm (350lb·ft). The additional grunt saw the BorgWarner T5 five-speed manual replaced with a heavy-duty BorgWarner T56 sixspeed, and a Hydratrak viscous LSD fitted under the rear. Phil and Sue Rean’s VR GTS is even rarer than usual, as it is one of only five New Zealand models released in Genesis Blue and is in fantastic condition, with just over 90,000km on the clock. Having owned it for around three years, the couple purchased it because Phil’s always had a liking for the VR series. It’s not their only HSV, either; they recently sold a late-model HSV VE GTS and still have a ’91 HSV VN LS in the garage. “There’s only two of us, and five cars, so we’re trying to downsize!” Sue says.