However, if you were hoping to get your hands on a copy of the $169,990 AUD HSV swan song, you never even stood a chance.
Wheels reports each and every GTSR W1 was spoken for before the performance house revealed the vehicle. HSV stated it realized some long-time customers will miss out, but the goal was to keep the GTSR W1 as exclusive as possible; only 300 will be produced in total.
HSV managing director Tim Jackson said there has been a total of 800 interested buyers for the 2017 GTSR W1, but dealers will have an allocation of other models, including the regular GTSR lineup, to sell.
“We sell to a dealer network. We can’t dictate who they sell to,” he said. “Ultimately our customer first and foremost has been our dealer network.”
To make matters more complicated, HSV is expecting some dealers to hold onto their sole GTSR W1 for itself, further limiting inventory customers. Bidding wars between dealers have ensued, and HSV has no doubt some will be looking to flip W1s for additional profit.
But, HSV has a silver lining for those craving to own such a special Commodore. Holden Special Vehicles will hold on to “three or four” examples itself and place interested buyers into a drawing. If selected, the buyer will have a chance to purchase the GTSR W1 for its sticker price of $169,990 plus applicable taxes and fees. No markup, just one easy transaction.
“We’re going to hold some cars for frequent buyers,” said Jackson. “The best mechanism we feel we can put in place to at least give them a second chance is to hold a few cars back and we can actually raffle those cars. It’s a mechanism we’d like to put in place to support those who’ve supported us.”
Holden itself also revealed a trio of limited edition Commodores to see off the VF Commodore Series II after decades of Australian built cars. The Australian icon will cease manufacturing in the country on October 20, 2017.