1994 HSV VR GTS 215i

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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.

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