HSV GTS 6.2-litre V8 supercharged, 430kW/740Nm ODO 12,000KM OWNED FOR 1.5 YEARS
THIS ISN’T YOUR FIRST GEN-F HSV.
I had one of the early generation Gen-F Clubsports. I picked that up about a month before Holden announced they were going to shut down manufacturing and I was kicking myself, saying, ‘Shit, I shoulda got the GTS.’
IT ISN’T YOUR ONLY V8, EITHER!
The Clubbie was my daily, and it was four years old when I picked up my dad’s old Falcon. The Falcon was driven into and got written off and I was kind of looking at the Mustang and thought, ‘Yeah, that would be a pretty good daily.’
RED AND BLUE.
I’m a fan of rear-wheel drive V8s. Obviously the supercharged V8 as a daily was going to hit the hip pocket in terms of fuel costs, but the Mustang’s not too bad and I do sort of semi-rural kays where I work.
WHAT WAS IT LIKE STEPPING UP FROM R8 TO GTS?
Very different. The Clubsport was quick – it was a 340kW model that I had – but the GTS is just super-quick. You’ve got unlimited torque no matter what revs or gear when you plant the foot.
It’s an absolute blast on the track, but I don’t want to push it too hard because I don’t want to bin it. But, yeah, it’s a real fun thing on the track. It’s fairly safe and controllable, and that’s the big difference between the GTS and the Mustang. The GTS you can run at nine-tenths around a track and feel fairly confident; the Mustang, as soon as you take it about seven or eight-tenths, it’s pretty easy to spin it.
WHAT’S THE PLAN?
The GTS is basically the car I’m not intending to sell. I’m actually keen to get an old Datsun 1600, as it’s the only car I’ve ever regretted selling, so I’m keen to get another one of those. That won’t stay standard; it will be highly modified.