How's that for a swan song?
HSV, the specialist tuning arm to Holden, has released not one but five commemorative models to mark the departure of the Holden Commodore from Australian soil. The well-loved Commodore, from 2018 on, will come as a badge-engineered fully-imported front-wheel drive model, and this development has spurred this set of limited-run cars.
The headline here is the GTSR W1, bringing back the iconic GTSR name from the history books and affixing it to what HSV claims is one of the greatest models yet. As one of our earlier reports had said, the W1 packs Chevrolet’s LS9 engine out of the Corvette ZR1, throwing out 470kW and 800Nm from its 6.2-litre supercharged V8. Paired with a six-speed manual gearbox (also from the ‘Vette), the GTSR W1 can manage the century sprint in just 4.2-seconds, and it will pull all the way to its electronically-limited top speed of 250km/h. Prices start at $169,990 (excluding ORC).
On the other end of the spectrum, HSV is now offering ’30 Years’ commemorative editions, celebrating three decades of HSV operations. These 30 Years cars make up HSV’s ‘entry level’ models, each sporting price hikes of anywhere between $2000 and $3000 per model. More than just a smattering of stickers and badges, the commemorative range get ’30 Years’ branding on the front fenders, floor mats, sit plates, and there’s even a special rear window sticker. All cars get a unique ‘engine build’ plate on the power plants. All cars get some exterior upgrades too, along with revised suspension and new wheels. All but the GTS produce 410kW/691Nm, while that GTS manages 430kW/740Nm.
Torque vectoring now features across the range, as well as a bi-modal exhaust system allowing the big V8s to breathe better. That exhaust also turns up the noise, with just the slightest prod of the throttle unleashing a more prominent V8 burble. There’s a generous helping of matte-black finishing on all sorts of things, with all cars riding on 20-inch alloy wheels.
The GTSR moniker now sits on no less than three cars. The W1 we detailed earlier sits on the top of the lineup. The non-W1 cars get the 6.2-litre LSA engine from the (inferior) GTS, but uprated to make 5kW more (totalling 435kW, and 740Nm). The GTSR Maloo and saloon get unique bumpers and splitters, LED daytime running lights, new front fender vents, and wider fenders. There are also trim-unique diamond-shaped exhaust tips, the finishing touch on the same bi-modal exhaust system fitted on the lower cars (albeit with four exits and minor architecture revisions). The GTSR sedans also get an ‘Aeroflow’ rear spoiler as standard.
The GTSR’s sit on ‘GTSR’ branded 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels, with six-piston AP Racing callipers hiding behind them. Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) is given a miss here, with the GTSRs getting ‘performance suspension’ instead. In the cabin, there’s diamond-quilted Alcantara, red stitching, eight-way heated and powered ‘Podium’ seats, branded head rests, a leather steering wheel and gear lever. ‘GTSR’ branding is featured heavily here, with even the Enhanced Driving Interface (EDI) screen gaining a unique boot-up sequence featuring the moniker.
To recap, the HSV range now kicks off with the Maloo R8 LSA ($79,990), the Clubsport R8 LSA ($82,990), the Clubsport R8 Tourer LSA ($88,990), the Senator Signature ($95,990), and the GTS ($98,990). The GTSR range then takes over, with the Maloo ($96,990), the GTSR saloon ($109,490), and then the insane GTSR W1 at $169,990. A six-speed automatic will add $2500 to the price, regardless of trim (unless standard or not offered). All prices quoted are accurate at the time of writing, and exclude on-road costs.