HSV cel­e­brates 25th with a stand-out GTS

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By STU­ART MARTIN

BORN from a vi­cious fam­ily split but show­ing lit­tle resid­ual im­pact, Holden Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles is now cel­e­brat­ing 25 years in the su­per­car busi­ness and has given the GTS a boost.

Des­tined for an un­veil­ing at the up­com­ing Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor­show in Sydney this month, the HSV stand will have a 25th an­niver­sary lim­ited-edition GTS as its show stand star.

Fol­low­ing on from a re­fresh of the HSV range last month, which saw the rein­tro­duc­tion of the ClubS­port and Maloo name­plates as en­try-level mod­els to the line-up, the 25th An­niver­sary GTS will be avail­able to just 125 Aus­tralian buy­ers.

HSV says there’s an ex­tra $7500 of fea­tures for a $2000 price hike above a stan­dard GTS — the 25th An­niver­sary GTS six-speed man­ual will be priced from $84,990.

Pow­ered by the 325kW/ 550Nm 6.2 litre V8, the lim­ited-edition GTS sits on light-weight 20in forged al­loy wheels (fin­ished in Satin Graphite) which the low- vol­ume car maker says of­fers a weight sav­ing in ex­cess of 22kg over the stan­dard GTS wheel set.

Bon­net and side vents fin­ished to match the al­loys will dis­tin­guish the an­niver­sary model, as will (for the trainspot­ters at least) six-pis­ton brakes, with the safety fea­tures list ex­panded to in­clude a blind spot mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem.

Those not want­ing a clutch pedal can pay an ex­tra $2000 for the six-speed auto; also on the op­tions list is a sun roof for $1990, a rear DVD player for $1290 or gas fans can opt for the Liq­uid Propane In­jec­tion sys­tem for the engine for an ex­tra $5990. The com­pany cel­e­brated 40 years of the GTS badge in Aus­tralia with a — sur­pris­ingly — 40th An­niver­sary lim­ited-edition GTS in late 2008.

A lim­ited-edition GTS-R, avail­able only in a po­lar­is­ing bright yel­low colour and with a 215kW/475Nm 5.7-litre V8, was of­fered by HSV in the mid-1990s.

HSV mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Da­mon Paull said the GTS is the hero model of the range.

‘‘The MY12.5 was in­tro­duced in Au­gust, a fresh­en­ing of the range which in­volved some spec­i­fi­ca­tion changes, plus bring­ing in the Clubs­port and Maloo en­try level mod­els.

‘‘The in­tro­duc­tion of the 25th an­niver­sary GTS model rounds off our whole range re­align­ment.’’

The 25th An­niver­sary GTS will be avail­able in Heron (white), Sting (red), Phan­tom (black) and Haz­ard (yel­low, pic­tured) and has the oblig­a­tory badg­ing and em­broi­dery.

Just in case the owner for­gets ex­actly what they’ve got , they can be re­minded ev­ery time they fire the big V8 up — the En­hanced Driver In­ter­face cen­tre dis­play’s start-up screen and an in­ter­nal ID plate will de­tail the build num­ber of the an­niver­sary model.

‘‘Twenty-five years is an im­por­tant mile­stone in the HSV jour­ney — we be­lieve this 25th an­niver­sary GTS truly em­bod­ies all that HSV stands for — race-bred per­for­mance, de­sign and tech­nol­ogy at a price that rep­re­sents out­stand­ing value,’’ said HSV gen­eral sales man­ager Dar­ren Bowler.

The lim­ited-edition GTS will be re­vealed in the metal at the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show in Sydney on Oc­to­ber 18 and stock will be avail­able in deal­er­ships the same day.

The 25th An­niver­sary GTS six-speed man­ual will be priced from $84,990 con­sol­i­dat­ing its hero model sta­tus.

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