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HSV Builds Its Final Commodore-based Model 3
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Australia, Holden, Holden Commodore, HSV on 01 3rd, 2018


HSV has built its final Commodore-based model as the 275th Australian market GTSR W1 rolled off the assembly line earlier today.

The final model features a Light My Fire orange exterior and a number of carbon fiber components. The car is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 V8 engine that produces 635 hp (474 kW) and 601 lb-ft (815 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission which sends power to the rear wheels via a limited slip differential.

HSV intends to keep the GTSR W1 and HSV Managing Director Tim Jackson said “For all at HSV, this is a time for great reflection on what the company has been able to achieve to date. He added, “Any success we’ve enjoyed has been directly attributable to our passionate staff, our dedicated dealer-body and of course our loyal fans who have helped build this brand through its 30-year journey.”

The move was inventible as Holden built the final rear-wheel drive Commodore in October and that marked the end of mainstream automotive production in Australia following the exit of Ford and Toyota.

While HSV will stop building Commodore-based vehicles, the company has big plans for the future as it recently introduced the Colorado SportsCat. It will be joined by the Chevrolet Camaro and Silverado HD later this year.

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Rare HSV GTSR W1 Fetches $206k At Aussie Auction 19
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, Galleries, Holden, Holden Commodore, HSV, used cars on 12 19th, 2017


One of the final HSV GTSR W1’s to roll off the production line has sold for $250,000 (191,475 USD) in Queensland, Australia, a figure that’s closer to $270,000 (roughly 206,000 USD) when the transaction fees are added.

The potent sports sedan is number 36 of just 300 examples produced and is painted in an exceptionally bright shade of red, making it stand out from all other Commodore-based models. All up, there are just 21 km (13 miles) on the clock.

In Australia, prices for the GTSR W1 started at $169,990 (130,000 USD) plus on-road costs.

However, given the vehicle’s limited production run, enthusiasts have been eager to pay huge premiums to acquire the car. As a matter of fact, local media suggests that demand has outstripped supply by three to one.

Making the GTSR W1 so special is the GM-sourced 6.2-liter LS9 supercharged V8 engine, originally used by the C6-generation Corvette ZR1. In the W1, it delivers 635 hp and 601 lb-ft (814 Nm) of torque and is mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission that funnels power to the rear wheels.

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Potent Colorado SportsCat Marks A New Beginning For Holden Special Vehicles 13
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Chevrolet Colorado, Galleries, Holden, HSV, new cars, Trucks on 12 13th, 2017


Late last week, General Motors and Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) revealed that the Camaro and Silverado will be sold in Australia from 2018. Alongside this announcement, HSV previewed its potent Colorado SportsCat. Now’s the time to enjoy this wild pickup in all of its glory.

Perhaps created as a pre-emptive strike towards the upcoming Ford Ranger Raptor, the Holden Colorado SportsCat by HSV is based on the Colorado CrewCab Z71 and uses the same 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel engine delivering 197 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque.

While those figures aren’t mind-blowing, the exterior design of the SportsCat is. Available in SportsCat and SportsCat+ guises, the pickup benefits from a custom blacked-out front grille and air intakes, LED fog lamps, flared fenders, twin tow hooks, tonneau cover, fender graphics, and matte black 18-inch wheels. Elements unique to the SportsCar+ include a honeycomb grille, hood bulge, and machined faces on the wheels.

In the cabin, the two variants are equipped with Jasmine leather-wrapped SV sports seats, suede and red accents, and some obligatory HSV badging.

Under the skin, HSV has fitted new sports suspension with an increased front spring rate. Additionally, there are 285/60 Cooper Zeon LTZ Pro Sports All-Terrain tires, a 45-mm ride height increase, 30 mm wider track, and an AP Racing brake system. Additional mechanical modifications include an automatically de-coupling rear anti-roll bar and optional HSV SupaShock suspension, previously used by the crazy GTSR W1.

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Potent Colorado SportsCat Marks A New Beginning For Holden Special Vehicles 13
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Chevrolet Colorado, Galleries, Holden, HSV, new cars, Trucks on 12 13th, 2017


Late last week, General Motors and Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) revealed that the Camaro and Silverado will be sold in Australia from 2018. Alongside this announcement, HSV previewed its potent Colorado SportsCat. Now’s the time to enjoy this wild pickup in all of its glory.

Perhaps created as a pre-emptive strike towards the upcoming Ford Ranger Raptor, the Holden Colorado SportsCat by HSV is based on the Colorado CrewCab Z71 and uses the same 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel engine delivering 197 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque.

While those figures aren’t mind-blowing, the exterior design of the SportsCat is. Available in SportsCat and SportsCat+ guises, the pickup benefits from a custom blacked-out front grille and air intakes, LED fog lamps, flared fenders, twin tow hooks, tonneau cover, fender graphics, and matte black 18-inch wheels. Elements unique to the SportsCar+ include a honeycomb grille, hood bulge, and machined faces on the wheels.

In the cabin, the two variants are equipped with Jasmine leather-wrapped SV sports seats, suede and red accents, and some obligatory HSV badging.

Under the skin, HSV has fitted new sports suspension with an increased front spring rate. Additionally, there are 285/60 Cooper Zeon LTZ Pro Sports All-Terrain tires, a 45-mm ride height increase, 30 mm wider track, and an AP Racing brake system. Additional mechanical modifications include an automatically de-coupling rear anti-roll bar and optional HSV SupaShock suspension, previously used by the crazy GTSR W1.

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GM And HSV Announce Camaro SS And Silverado HD Heading To Australia Next Year 7
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Australia, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Silverado, GM, HSV on 12 7th, 2017


General Motors and Holden Special Vehicles have reached an agreement which will ensure the latter company remains active following the death of the rear-wheel drive Holden Commodore.

Described as a “pivotal moment” in HSV’s history, the agreement paves the way for an assortment of new vehicles to come to Australia. There will be two “product streams” and the first will consist of the familiar vehicle enhancement program that is offered on existing Holden vehicles.

An example of this is the new HSV SportsCat which is based on the Holden Colorado. The model features an all-new front fascia with a revised grille, tow hooks, and LED fog lights. Other notable features include new fender flares, a retuned suspension, and an increased ride height.

Power is provided by a 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel engine that produces up to 197 hp (147 kW) and 368 lb-ft (500Nm) of torque. It can be connected to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

The second product stream is more exciting as it will see HSV launch all-new vehicles in Australia. These include the Chevrolet Camaro and Silverado HD which will retain their bow-tie badging.

On the Silverado side, HSV will offer 4×4 Crew Cab variants of the 2500HD WT, 2500HD LTZ, 2500HD LTZ Midnight Edition, 2500HD LTZ Custom Sport Edition, and 3500HD LTZ. All of the models will come equipped with a 6.6-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel V8 engine that produces approximately 445 hp (332 kW) and 910 lb-ft (1,234 Nm) of torque. The engine will be paired a standard six-speed automatic transmission.

The Camaro, on the other hand, will arrive in 2018 in 2SS guise. The model will have a 6.2-liter V8 engine which produces up to 455 hp (340 kW) and 453 lb-ft (615 Nm) of torque. Unfortunately for performance fans, it will only be offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The model will come nicely equipped with HID headlights, a rear spoiler, and 20-inch alloy wheels with Goodyear Eagle tires. The Camaro also has heated / ventilated leather sport seats, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, and a 9-speaker Bose audio system.

According to HSV Managing Director Tim Jackson, “This marks a whole new era for HSV and Holden and I hope our customers are as excited as we are. HSV is moving beyond simply ‘hotting up’ existing models, and customers will see two product streams from HSV over the next few years.”

His sentiments were echoed by Holden Managing Director Mark Bernhard who remarked, “Today is a great day for Holden and HSV, but even more importantly, for our customers”.

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Chevy Corvette And Camaro Bound For Australia 28
Jul
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Camaro, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Corvette, GM, Holden, HSV, Reports on 07 28th, 2017


Australian gearheads may be morning the death of the homegrown Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore but things will get much better as both the Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette are bound for the Land Down Under.
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New Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R Poses In Blue 12
Jul
Posted by Brad Anderson in Galleries, HSV, vauxhall, Vauxhall VXR8 on 07 12th, 2017


The UK has just welcomed the new HSV GTSR, rebadged as the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R, to its streets, a few months after the super sedan debuted in Australia.
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HSV Could Be Rebranded Walkinshaw From 2018 11
Jul
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Holden, HSV, Reports, tuning on 07 11th, 2017


Holden Special Vehicles (HSV), the tuning arm of Holden’s operations Down Under, is set for an overhaul and that includes an entirely new name to Walkinshaw.
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Corvette ZR1-Powered HSV GTSR W1 Hitting The Second Hand Market With Huge Mark Ups 2
Jun
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Holden, Holden Commodore, HSV, Reports on 06 2nd, 2017


If you weren't one of the 300 people selected to buy the HSV GTSR W1 get ready to pay through the nose as a handful of examples have shown up for sale with markups as much as $130,010 AUD ($95,920 USD).
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Alfa Giulia QV, BMW M3, Mercedes C63 Travel Down Under To Take On The HSV GTSR W1 29
Apr
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Australia, BMW, BMW M3, Drag-Racing, Holden Commodore, HSV, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes C63 AMG, video on 04 29th, 2017


If you're going to make a claim for the sports sedan title in a country such as Australia, you best be able to defeat the local champ, which is the HSV GTSR W1.
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Vauxhall’s 528HP Maloo VXR8 LSA Ute Is A Surprisingly Fun Track Toy 23
Feb
Posted by Brad Anderson in Holden, Holden Videos, HSV, vauxhall, Vauxhall Maloo, Vauxhall VXR8, video on 02 23rd, 2017


Despite being nothing more than a re-badged HSV, the Vauxhall Maloo LSA is the fastest pickup truck currently for sale in the UK and is capable of some rather insane things.
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2017 HSV GTSR W1 Sounds Brutal During Quick Drive Video 1
Feb
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Australia, Holden, Holden Commodore, Holden Videos, HSV, new cars, video on 02 1st, 2017


If you're a fan of supercharged V8 engines, you may want to turn up the volume just as this 635 HP GTSR W1 accelerates.
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Holden: New ZR1-Powered 635HP “W1” Model Headlines 2017 HSV GTSR Range 31
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Australia, Galleries, GM, Holden, Holden Commodore, Holden Ute, HSV, new cars on 01 31st, 2017


What better way to send off the GEN-F2 Commodore than with a track-focused 635 HP (644 PS) Corvette ZR1-powered flagship HSV version?
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Holden: New ZR1-Powered 635HP “W1” Model Headlines 2017 HSV GTSR Range 31
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Australia, Galleries, GM, Holden, Holden Commodore, Holden Ute, HSV, new cars on 01 31st, 2017


What better way to send off the GEN-F2 Commodore than with a track-focused 635 HP (644 PS) Corvette ZR1-powered flagship HSV version?
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Last 2017 HSV Models Scooped, Including ZR1-Powered GTS-R W1 3
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Holden, Holden Commodore, Holden Scoops, HSV, Scoops on 01 3rd, 2017


A number of spy pictures have emerged online showing the last Australian made HSV models being prepared at the company's production facility.
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