LS9-Powered, Final Edition HSV To Be Called GTS-R W13
It seems Holden Special Vehicles, or HSV, finally has a name for its bonkers send-off edition to the rear-wheel-drive Holden Commodore.
Motoring has reported HSV has settled on HSV GTS-R W1 for its upcoming 6.2-liter supercharged LS9 V8 powered sedan. The name harkens back to a previous nomenclature when HSV titled its limited-edition HSV the W427 in 2008.
The W1 suffix will represent where the 6.2-liter LS9 will be installed. The engine will be fitted at the Walkinshaw Clayton facility, and not at the Elizabeth plant where regular Holden Commodore production takes place.
Furthermore, the HSV GTS-R W1 will reportedly feature Aussie Supashock dampers instead of GM’s Magnetic Ride Control. These dampers have reportedly been under development by Holden Racing Team exclusively for the W1.
Power is expected to hover around 638 hp and 604 lb-ft of torque with shifting duties performed by a six-speed manual gearbox. These stats will make it the most powerful Australian car ever produced. The W1 will also be the most expensive HSV ever sold, too.
Pricing for the GTS-R W1 will clip north of $170,000 AUD, or roughly $128,000 USD, and only 250 GTS-R W1 models are expected to be produced.
The GTS-R W1 is expected to sit alongside a less aggressive HSV GTS-R, which will utilize the 6.2-liter supercharged LSA V8 engine. The report states both of these flagship send-off editions will arrive in the second quarter of 2017.
Is this the swan song the Commodore as we know it deserves? It sure seems like one hell of a going away party.
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Too bad it looks like an oversize sunbird.
The colour harks back to the original HSV GTS-R of 1995. It’s meant to make the car stand out from the garden variety HSVs.
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