There’s still one Australian car maker building cars in the country, and that is Holden Special Vehicles. Not for long, though. HSV will likely wrap up production sometime this December.
Before it’s lights out, HSV debuted the GTSR W1 earlier this year with a massive 6.2-liter supercharged LS9 V8 engine and 635 horsepower and 601 pound-feet of torque. It’s the crown jewel of HSV’s longtime mission to take standard Commodores and make something truly special and powerful.
Motoring brought the GTSR W1 to meet its ancestor, the HSV VL Group A SS, the brand’s first car after Holden cut ties with Holden Dealer Team (HDT). It’s a fitting tribute: where it all began, and where it will all end.
There’s really no comparison here. The GTSR W1 is a modern day machine with advanced engineering and trickery to make for a wild ride. The VL Group A SS is outclassed but remains an icon to Australian motoring enthusiasts to this day. And it still held its own on the track, even though it wasn’t pushed nearly as hard.
Have a look at both cars above and pour one out for high-performance Holden Commodores.