Kiwis await HSV hot rod

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - DOUG SAIL AND DAVID MCCOWEN

Kiwis for­tu­nate enough to se­cure Aus­tralia’s last home­grown mus­cle car are not yet cash­ing in on the emo­tion of the HSV’s V8 monster.

The GTS-R W1, built by HSV from the Holden Com­modore, is a limited run of 300 with only 20 made avail­able to the New Zealand mar­ket and most pre-sold shortly af­ter the model was an­nounced ear­lier in 2017.

Across the Tas­man, at least one Australian buyer is tipped to make A$100,000 (NZ$106,908) profit in a week as one of the cars heads to auc­tion on Au­gust 10.

The 474kW GTS-R W1 is con­sid­ered the ul­ti­mate ren­di­tion of the Australian V8 sedan, pack­ing a su­per­charged en­gine along with world-class sus­pen­sion and tyres mak­ing one of the most po­tent sold for the road.

With a price tag of NZ$189,990 in New Zealand and A$169,990 in Aus­tralia, it was ea­gerly sought af­ter by long time HSV own­ers and col­lec­tors on both sides of the Tas­man.

Plenty of po­ten­tial cus­tomers missed out on the sold-out sedan and none of NZ’s 20 are yet to ar­rive.

In Aus­tralia, a hand­ful of cus­tomers lucky enough to have re­ceived their cars have listed them for sale on­line for prices start­ing from A$250,000 (NZ$267,000), run­ning to ‘‘of­fers over $300,000’’ (NZ$320,000) for cars yet to be built or de­liv­ered to cus­tomers.

Man­heim Aus­tralia will be the first auc­tion house to put a GTS-R W1 un­der the ham­mer when a black ex­am­ple crosses the block on Au­gust 10.

Man­heim auc­tion­eer Aaron Lofts says the car is the 35th ex­am­ple to be built by HSV, and the first to be pub­licly avail­able since the cars were orig­i­nally of­fered to loyal HSV cus­tomers.

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The 2017 HSV GTS-R W1.

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