File this under “you can’t have that here.” In this case it’s the Holden HSV GTS VF, out of Australia, and the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS, also out of Australia but by way of the UK. Holden and Vauxhall are, respectively, the Australian and Brit subsidiaries of General Motors. But maybe, please, a Chevrolet SS GTS?
Holden has been the source of a remarkable range of high performance vehicle for the Land of Oz, and occasionally some go walkabout. A few made it to the U.S. in the form the two-door Holden Monaro transformed into a Pontiac GTO for 2004 through 2006, and a Holden Commodore adapted for life in America as the Pontiac G8 for the 2008 model year, at least until GM laid the chieftain to rest in mid-2009.
Vauxhall has also imported a limited number of Holden HSV—Holden Special Vehicles—models to Jolly Olde. The latest is the Holden HSV GTS, a rear-drive Holden Commodore four-door sedan powered by the same supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 as found in the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The 580-horse in the Camaro translates to the HSV GTS as a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of 4.5 seconds, reputedly the fastest ever for a production car from Australia.
“We take our corporate responsibility seriously but fuel consumption is low on the priority list for our buyers,” HSV director of sales and marketing Tim Jackson said, reported by news.com.au. “These cars are a passion for them. This is the biggest response we’ve had for any HSV launch in our history. We’ve genuinely been overwhelmed by the reaction.”
The Holden HSV GTS became the fastest-selling model in the company’s history after enthusiasts placed orders based purely on speculation.
Then there’s the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS.
“The very fact that cars like the VXR8 GTS still exist proves that there is a small, but immensely passionate band of customers out there who want to drive something which is unique and special,” said Stuart Harris, Vauxhall’s Head of Carline Brand. “In its new GTS form the VXR8 offers colossal power and torque in a package that is more technology-led than ever before, yet still retains that unique VXR8-character that no BMW or Mercedes can match. It’s also around £20k less than its main rivals – the M5 and E63 AMG – yet has more power than either.”
Price in the UK has been announced as £54,999, or about $83,100 in the U.S., if we could have it.
Coming for 2014, however, is the Chevrolet SS, a new V-8-powered rear-drive performance sedan coming from Holden, and based on the Holden Commodore, the same Commodore that Holden Special Vehicles turns into the Holden HSV GTS and the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS. The Chevrolet SS, however, is powered by the LS3 Chevrolet V-8, which produces a mere 415 horsepower and 415 lb.-ft. of torque.
Of course the enthusiast in us is looking forward to the Chevrolet SS, due here later this year, but we’d be even more as eager for another supercharged 165 horsepower. GM could call it the Chevrolet SS GTS. If we’re good, can we have that here?
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