2017 HSV VF GTSR W1
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.