1990 HSV COM­MODORE VN SS GROUP A SV

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HSV fol­lowed the at­ten­tion-grab­bing VL with an even wilder, al­beit more aes­thet­i­cally sub­dued, ef­fort based on the then­cur­rent Holden Com­modore VN. The HSV Com­modore VN SS Group A SV kept the beefed-up 304ci Holden V8 engine, with slight re­vi­sions to engine in­ter­nals and the twin-throt­tle-body in­take man­i­fold. The VN’s Group A SV was good for 215kW (288hp), and in­cluded a ZF six-speed man­ual gear­box, LSD, per­for­mance-ori­ented coil springs, Bil­stein shocks, and heavy-duty sway bars. The ve­hi­cle was painted in a Du­rif Red fin­ish, with a bodykit that was not only far more sub­tle than the pre­ced­ing VL but also had im­proved aero­dy­nam­ics. An­other HSV ho­molo­ga­tion spe­cial, the pro­duc­tion VN SS Group A SV was built to ren­der the com­pe­ti­tion ver­sion el­i­gi­ble for Group A. Re­quire­ments re­quired 500 road-go­ing pro­duc­tion units to be built, but the eco­nomic re­ces­sion at the time ren­dered it un­fea­si­ble to sell 500 spe­cial units, so HSV was granted a spe­cial ex­emp­tion from ho­molo­ga­tion re­quire­ments by the Con­fed­er­a­tion of Aus­tralian Mo­tor Sport. The fi­nal pro­duc­tion run of the VN SS Group A SV num­bered 302 units, and it would be the last Group A ho­molo­ga­tion spe­cial pro­duced by HSV.

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