What you are look­ing at is the king of all HSVs past and present; it rep­re­sents ev­ery­thing HSV has ever stood for. It is the HSV way of go­ing out with a bang — and what a bang that’s go­ing to be. The HSV VF GTSR W1 is the ul­ti­mate, powered by a su­per­charged and dry-sumped 6.2-litre GM LS9 — power is a strato­spheric 474kW (636hp) — backed by a Tre­mec TR-6060 with re­vised ra­tios to let the monster mo­tor stretch its legs. Hav­ing taken own­er­ship of New Zealand’s first GTSR W1 just two days be­fore our photo shoot, its owner, An­drew Grim­mer, was still feel­ing the ex­cite­ment of ac­tu­ally own­ing a dream. An­drew is no stranger to HSVs, hav­ing owned an HSV VE GTS E3 and cur­rently with a 2013 HSV VF GTS in the garage and a 2017 HSV VF GTSR on or­der. Yes, you read that right: “I’ve got the W1 as a per­sonal car, and the GTSR will be my work car,” he says. So, what does An­drew think of the GTSR W1 so far? “It’s the best [HSV] by far; it’s just amaz­ing. What I like the most about it is that the guys at HSV ac­tu­ally had the balls to de­sign and build it.” That’s some­thing An­drew was for­tu­nate enough to wit­ness first-hand, thanks to An­drew Lamb at HSV New Zealand. “When An­drew [Lamb] found out it was get­ting built, he sorted things out so I could fly over and have a look,” An­drew ex­plains. Cars may come and go, but with that ex­traspe­cial con­nec­tion to an ex­tra-spe­cial car, you’d be right in as­sum­ing that this is one HSV that An­drew will never let go of.

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