Unique Cars - - FAREWELL HOLDEN -

FOR VT, an all-new body was wrapped around the VS driv­e­lines: Ecotec 3.8-litre V6, V6 Su­per­charged and a sur­pris­ing fi­nal fling for the fuel-in­jected Aussie 5.0-litre V8: We all ex­pected the ex-Corvette LS1 V8 but that came later. When new, VT re­ceived some crit­i­cism for be­ing heavy but the ex­tra safety and in­tegrity of the big­ger body – plus stan­dard fea­tures such as driver’s airbag and elec­tric seat, and in­de­pen­dent rear sus­pen­sion on all sedans and wag­ons – made the weight worth­while. But the in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sion – not quite right on early-build VTs – chewed-out rear tyres. The VT was a great look­ing car, with ev­ery model, from the base Ex­ec­u­tive up, styled by true car en­thu­si­asts to be ‘pre­mium’ and ‘as­pi­ra­tional’. The SS took on a new man­tle as an up­mar­ket per­for­mance car; more like an HSV than ever. VTII in mid-1999 saw the in­tro­duc­tion of the im­ported GM LS1 all-al­loy 5.7-litre V8 in­clud­ing, a lit­tle later, a spe­cial 300kW ver­sion for HSV’s GTS.

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