Take a look at Australia’s most powerful car: a 575-hp Holden HSV GTS powered by the same supercharged V8 from the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
The HSV GTS is based on the Holden Commodore with more aggressive styling and different badging. What appears above is a rendering from Steve Short and Carsguide.au, but it’s the powerplant that will have everyone in America wishing this was the Chevrolet SS (another Commodore variant) we’re getting.
The 6.2-liter, supercharged V8 packs 575 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque in the HSV GTS and could be the most powerful car Australia will ever produced as automakers continue to downgrade towards four-cylinder engines to maximize fuel efficiency. Electronic “torque vectoring” will be used in the HSV GTS to bring plenty of control to the hands of the driver while a new stability control system will have five settings that will adjust steering and suspension at the push of a button.
The HSV GTS will go on sale in Australia in the middle of this year with a starting price of around $100,000 Australian dollars (approximately $103,000 US). Standard on the powerful sedan will be 20-inch wheels and six-piston brakes.
Too bad it won’t be heading to America, but perhaps this will give SS owners some ideas for engine swaps.