Sean Tre­week

HSV GTS 6.2-litre V8 su­per­charged, 430kW/740Nm ODO 12,000KM OWNED FOR 1.5 YEARS

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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.

TRACK DAYS?

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.

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