HSV’s 2017 resolutions are turning the dial up to eleven.
HSV, one of Australia’s most beloved marques, has bold intentions for the new year. In a series of photographs circulated on Photobucket, three HSV cars were spotted outside their production hub in Clayton, Victoria, wearing varying degrees of camouflage. We speculate that these cars were in the final stages of production, as they don’t appear like the typically-disguised test mules, but more like almost-ready units.
While CarAdvice broke the story that HSV had trademarked the ‘GTS-R’ moniker, news began to spread that a hotter variant may be in the works, dubbed the ‘GTS-R W1.’ The speculated W1 will sit at the top of the HSV lineup, with some quarters speculating that a LS9 engine (which is also employed in the Corvette ZR1) could be shoehorned under the bonnet. This is unlikely though, given the engineering headache such an undertaking would cause.
The green and slate coloured cars (named ‘Spitfire’ and ‘Son of a Gun’ respectively) don’t pique our interest too much, compared to the dark orange (it’s called ‘Light My Fire’) saloon that bears extensive camouflage. This might very well be the GTS-R or W1 that has been bandied about by the usual suspects of late, because there’s very little else to allude to why this particular car has been covered up more thoroughly than the others. This particular car bears some coverings around the front fenders, which some speculate may be hiding active vents, which were first seen on the Holden Commodore VFII, though those were affixed to the bonnet.
There isn’t much else to be gleaned from these photos unfortunately, though we’re sure they’re keeping the fans excited. It’s almost heartwarming to see HSV soldiering on, as the auto manufacturing industry in Australia slows. Good on ya, mates!