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GTS to head HSV export push



GEN-F good enough to take on the world declares HSV owner
Convinced the GEN-F GTS is one of the world’s great performance sedans, Holden Special Vehicles owner Ryan Walkinshaw has declared his ambition to market it beyond Australia and New Zealand.

While almost certainly bound for the UK, where HSVs are sold under the Vauxhall VXR brand, Walkinshaw would logically have his sights set on the USA and perhaps India and China, where he has already established strong automotive business relationships.

Walkinshaw, the son of HSV founder the late Tom Walkinshaw, told motoring.com.au in an exclusive interview in the Holden Racing Team garage at the Austin 400 that other models in range were also under consideration for export to new markets.

“If we can come to a discussion with Holden and General Motors about how we can do that I’d love to start selling HSVs abroad. With the Australian dollar going down that helps us significantly in being able to compete in foreign markets.”

There is no doubt Walkinshaw’s primary focus is on the 430kW/740Nm GEN-F GTS. Australia’s most powerful production car, it is powered by a 6.2-litre supercharged LSA V8.

“Not only is it the best car that has ever been built in Australia from a performance angle, it’s also one of the best performance cars of that kind in the world,” Walkinshaw declared.

“When you get behind the wheel and drive it around a circuit you’ll see why it’s very impressive. The engine and the technology both turn it into a significant player on the international performance car market.”

Walkinshaw stopped short of confirming specific countries he would like to sell the GTS into. When asked about the USA, where it could sell above the Holden Commodore VF-based Chevrolet SS, he was particularly cautious, describing such as a scenario as “complex”.

“There are relationships between General Motors USA and Holden and there are also a lot of cars of that nature in the USA already. GTS would be a bit different to what they have already, but as I say we would have to look at the business case.

more at link: GTS to head HSV export push - motoring.com.au
 

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Oh my God.
I just had a scary thought.
What if GM IS going to bring this over with a Camaro ZL1 pricetag and offer it as the only option if you want a manual transmission.


I hope this is NOT true.
I just want a base SS Sedan with a V8 and a manual transmission.
Nice, simple, and with a pony car pricetag.
Sounds very much like what GM would do cause they know how badly people want a manual and some will go that far just to get it, especially if they really love Chevy that much.
 

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If GM did decide to bring this over, boy o boy, look out! THIS is the car that I've been wanting ever since watching Top Gear flog that VXR-8 Bathurst Edition.

TT, this is the car you've been asking for in all of these threads. The ONLY thing missing from your list is the LT1. As the saying goes... you gotta pay to play. :)
 

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Oh my God.
I just had a scary thought.
What if GM IS going to bring this over with a Camaro ZL1 pricetag and offer it as the only option if you want a manual transmission.

I hope this is NOT true.
I just want a base SS Sedan with a V8 and a manual transmission.
Nice, simple, and with a pony car pricetag.
Let us pray...

And yes for the SS a V8 and Manual is a must! I would be absolutely pissed if that wasn't the case.
 

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Dude, what are you talking about?
This HSV is NOT what I want.
But, I'm looking for a "low profile" daily driver.
True.

Well, you could always swap the front bumper for the one on the SS, that will keep with the low profile image. But other than the styling which is subjective, this thing is a beast (at least on paper) and all with a 100k mile powertrain warranty. Personally, I think the styling of the SS is too soft (again, subjective), but if it had all of the goodies of the HSV it would be an amazing car.
 

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CTS-V is really the way to go, if the HSV GTS came to the states I wouldn't be one bit interested in getting one.

CTS-V just has as much performance as the HSV GTS and really cool non-performance others going on.
 

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I cross-shopped the CTS when I purchased my G8(was looking for performance and room for the family). I was amazed that the difference in the size of the interiors between the cars. For what I wanted and needed, the G8 fit the bill. I know the Alpha CTS is a larger car, but I wonder how that translates to the interior.
 
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