Unique Cars - - FAREWELL HOLDEN -

WITH A ROLLER cam, in­creased com­pres­sion, se­quen­tial in­jec­tion and a twin-cat ex­haust, the 5.0-litre V8 used in the VT was a lovely last blast for the then two-decade old all-iron de­sign. How­ever, even be­fore the VT had been launched, Holden was work­ing on its re­place­ment, GM’s LS-series V8 an­nounced in 1996 for the C5 Corvette. De­vel­oped by GM in the USA with iron and al­loy blocks and sev­eral ca­pac­i­ties, for Aus­tralia (and Mid­dle East ex­port) Holden chose the al­loy 5.7-litre ver­sion closely re­lated to that used in the Corvette. In Hold­ens it had 220kW; HSV had an in­ter­nally iden­ti­cal ver­sion with 250kW thanks to breath­ing and PCM tweaks. Shock, hor­ror, the en­gine has only two valves per cylin­der and used pushrods in an era of multi-valve over-head cam scream­ers but its real-world out­put, econ­omy and dura­bil­ity has en­deared it to fast car fans as one of the world’s great en­gines.

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