HSV / GTSR / W1
By RON HAMMERTON
HOLDEN Special Vehicles’ most powerful,
most expensive and most in-demand model in its 30-year history, the GTSR W1, is
the sort of car that makes your rusted-on Aussie car fan weep for the local
This Commodore-based beast of a sedan, armed with a
supercar-like 474kW of power and 815Nm of torque from its supercharged
6.2-litre LS9 V8, shows what can be achieved by talented local engineers and
But after a manufacturing run of just 300 units, it will be
all over, and to a large extent, so will the home-grown mass-produced car
manufacturing industry that shuts this year.
Yes, HSV will keep going,
applying its skills to imported Holdens from 2018, but we wonder if we will
ever see anything like the GTSR W1 again …
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Model release date: April 2017
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