It’s an exciting, and disheartening time, to watch Australian auto manufacturers build some of the most radical vehicles we’ve seen in quite some time. Four-door sedans, utes and wagons are being stuffed with supercharged V8s left and right. Pinch us, because it feels like a dream.
But, it’s reality. As Holden creeps closer to manufacturing closure, the brand itself and Holden Special Vehicles have plenty planned for the VF Commodore Series II. One of said plans is to resurrect the legendary GTS-R name, last seen in the 1990s.
The 2017 GTS-R has long been reported to receive the 6.2-liter supercharged LS9 V8 engine. You know, the same powerplant that made the C6 Corvette ZR1 a real force to be reckoned with. But, WhichCar has confirmed a reborn GTS-R will not be receiving said engine.
Instead, HSV will tweak the 6.2-liter supercharged LSA V8 engine for increased power for the new GTS-R. But, what about the news of HSV securing a handful of LS9 engines from General Motors? It still has plans to put those to use, too.
According to the report, HSV will shoehorn the LS9 V8 into the VF Commodore for an utterly bonkers final send off edition, likely building the fastest production Australian car ever made in the process. That means, for 2017, the HSV model hierarchy will likely feature a standard GTS with LSA power, a GTS-R with massaged LSA power and an off-the-wall, unnamed HSV with the LS9 engine.
Time will bear the truth, and we can hardly wait to see what’s planned for a legendary car.