NAME UNCLEAR FOR LS9-POWERED CAR
OUR COM-GENS pretty clearly suggest we think a “GTS-R” is scoring the LS9 but there’s more to it than that. Our moles tell us the LS9 mightn’t be the only new model HSV is working on, and that we might see a GTS with an uprated LSA as well – a separate model to the LS9-powered car. It’s not clear what the LS9 car will be called but contrary to our com-gens, apparently not GTS-R. It could be more commemorative like “Final Edition” (and hopefully something more imaginative). We also know this LS9 monster is likely to look very different to the current GTS thanks to a brand new front bar – think W427-inspired with GTS daytimerunning LEDs – which means our com-gens here, technically not on the money for the LS9-powered car, could be very close to what the LSA-powered “GTS-R” (if it’s called that) would look like. The bonnet pins are also a no-go under ADRs, but we included them because, well, art. As for the banana yellow paintwork and three-spoke wheels, we’ve gone for a more 21st century look, but HSV has shown in recent years it’s partial to a three- or six-spoke design. Whichever way HSV goes, expect long-time Chief Designer Julian Quincey to cook up something special for the last hurrah.