A mega-GTS from HSV with GM's most powerful supercharged V8 engine is a very enticing prospect, even if mellowed by the realisation as to why it's a final hoorah.
Rumours swirled late last year about a final great big hurrah to mark the end of the Holden Commodore when documents that show Holden trademarking the name for what could be called the HSV GTS-R, resurrecting the name we last saw in the mid-90s.
The talk seemed to have quietened down since then until last week when News Corp Australia reported that their sources confirm that the supercharged LS9 engine from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will be slotted into this mega-Commodore, by decree of General Motors’ top brass.
Just so we’re all clear, the LS9 is a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine that produces 477kW and 819Nm of torque. That’s a lot more power compared to even the most powerful HSV V8 creations that came before.
It’s expected to be built only in limited numbers with the number in the sphere of hearsay hovering around 250 and cost a little under $170,000. Available as a manual-only, naturally, the HSV will – just like its forebears – be manufactured by Holden before being shopping to HSV in Melbourne.
Should this all be true, this final edition Commodore will be last few cars to go through the HSV (or Holden) assembly lines. It’s the end of an era. From 2018, the Commodore’s replacement model will be powered by V6s and four-pots, but crucially no longer manufactured in Australia.