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Revealed: 2014 Holden HSV GTS "Gen F" Is The 575 Horsepower Chevy SS We Need

Revealed: 2014 Holden HSV GTS F-Series Is The 575 Horsepower Chevy SS We Need


2014 HSV GTS F-Series Specifications:


Price: $95,000 (approx)
Engine: Supercharged 6.2-litre V8
Power: 430kW and 740Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual and six-speed automatic
0 to 100km/h: Less than 4.5 seconds
Top Speed: 250km/h (limited)

HSV “Gen F” Eengine Line-Up:
- Clubsport: 6.2-litre V8, 317kW and 550Nm
- Clubsport R8: 6.2-litre V8, 325kW and 550Nm
- Clubsport R8 Performance Pack: 6.2-litre V8, 340kW and 570Nm
- Senator: 6.2-litre V8, 340kW and 570Nm
- Grange: 6.2-litre V8, 340kW and 570Nm
- Maloo: 6.2-litre V8, 317kW and 550Nm
- Maloo R8: 6.2-litre, 325kW and 550Nm
- Maloo R8 Performance Pack: 6.2-litre V8, 340kW and 570Nm

Competition:
- BMW M5
- Mercedes Benz E63
- Porsche Panamera Turbo
- Jaguar XF-R
- Ford Falcon GT


2014 HSV GTS F-Series Pictures






Today Carsguide can exclusively lay bare classified information on what will be the fastest and most powerful car Australia has ever produced -- and likely ever will produce -- the new HSV GTS “Gen F”.
Given the uncertain future of local manufacturing, and an imminent switch to four-cylinder economy cars, the new HSV GTS is poised to become the Australian automotive equivalent of the iconic racehorse Black Caviar.

The new generation Holden Special Vehicles GTS will be powered by a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 borrowed from a race-bred Chevrolet Camaro, known as the “LSA”.

Its epic 430kW of power and 740Nm of torque eclipses that of any car previously made in Australia, and has more grunt than the world’s fastest sedans currently on sale in Australia (see table below). Only the new Mercedes E63 which goes on sale locally later this year will match its kilowatt output.

In imperial measurements the new HSV GTS “Gen F” has 575 horsepower, only 25hp less than a V8 Supercar. Performance times are yet to be announced but the new HSV GTS is said to accelerate quicker than most Porsches, reaching 0 to 100km/h in “comfortably less” than 4.5 seconds, which also happens to be the unofficial time for the latest supercharged Ford Falcon GT.

While most of the HSV’s European peers can top 300km/h on an autobahn, the GTS has been electronically speed-limited to 250km/h, to meet General Motors’ global guidelines but still enable enthusiast drivers to explore its potential on a race track.

To tame its mammoth grunt the HSV GTS “Gen F” will be fitted with performance technology never seen before on a locally-made car, some of it inspired by Porsche. Electronic “torque vectoring” brings new levels of driver control by apportioning power to the outside wheel when accelerating out of corners.

The stability control system on the new GTS will have five settings (up from the current three) that will also adjust steering and suspension feel at the press of a button, from “comfort” to “track” mode.

The shock absorbers use the same technology as Ferrari, with tiny magnetic particles adjusting the damping forces in milliseconds, enabling the car to better respond to road conditions.

New Continental tyres, which end HSV’s 20-year relationship with Bridgestone, were initially developed for Mercedes-Benz and are said to have achieved an amazing double-act: more grip and longer wear.

Given the raft of new technology and hardware upgrades required to handle the extra power, the new HSV GTS won’t come cheap. It is the second-dearest car to wear a HSV badge since the limited edition HSV W427 V8 sold for $155,500 in 2009.

The new HSV GTS is due on sale mid-year with an RRP of about $95,000 -- but the transaction price will be closer to $100,000 once on-road costs are added. That’s almost triple the cost of a basic Holden Commodore, but less than half as much as its European rivals.

As our computer-illustrated images show HSV has taken a much more conservative approach to the design of the new model. It is unclear whether fans will embrace the change, having grown accustomed to greater visual differentiation between HSVs and Holdens over the past seven years.

The new HSV “Gen F” lacks the twin bonnet vents, the large trapezoidal exhaust tips, the repositioned tail-lights and the prominent blacked-out nose treatments which were signatures of the current line-up. Even the front fender garnishes are the same as those found on the regular VF Commodore, albeit with different finishes (black instead of chrome).

Unusually, HSV will not highlight the GTS output by displaying its power number on the bootlid, as it has done with its flagship model for the past 25 years. Instead of the numbers “430”, the bootlid badge will simply say “LSA”, the code for the Camaro-sourced engine.

HSV has fitted LED tail-lights that are different from those fitted to the standard Commodore, but they occupy the same space -- unlike the bespoke tail-lights on HSV’s VE range which looked dramatically different from the Commodore and were mounted lower. It is understood that it would have been too costly to make changes to the aluminium bootlid.

While there has been widespread speculation about what might power the new HSV range -- given the Commodore’s link to the US Camaro’s underpinnings and its engines -- no-one has to date published more than guesswork.

Contrary to perception, fitting the LSA engine in the Commodore was not a straightforward process. While the supercharged V8 engine was readily available off the shelf, significant upgrades were required to the clutch, gearbox, tailshaft and axles to handle the awesome power. A new heavy-duty differential with extra cooling and extra mounting points had to be developed, as did extra under-body strengthening.

HSV first secretly fitted an LSA engine to a test mule about four years ago, but it was by no means a guarantee that HSV would get the go ahead to build and sell the finished product. HSV had to pass stringent engineering protocols put in place by General Motors head office in Detroit. Having passed all the reliability and durability requirements during the development of the GTS, HSV finally got the green light about 18 months ago.

As with most HSVs built over the past 25 years, the new GTS is built to a partially-complete form alongside regular Commodore models on the Holden production line at Elizabeth near Adelaide. It is then transported to HSV's final assembly area in Clayton near Melbourne, where the performance brakes, tyres, suspension and unique bodywork is fitted.

The 6.2-litre supercharged V8 is fitted on the production line in Adelaide. HSV's previous horsepower hero, the W427 built in 2008 and 2009, had its engine fitted at its Clayton facility. This makes the LSA the most powerful engine to ever be fitted to a car on the Holden production line.

HSV considered offering a detuned version of the LSA engine in a special edition Clubsport, but this was ruled out because of the high cost of the engine, and the extra cost involved in recalibrating a lower power output.

In the end the company decided to keep the LSA exclusive to the GTS where HSV has the best chance of recouping the vehicle’s considerable development cost. Carsguide also understands there will be no further power upgrades to the LSA engine during its four-year run to the end of 2016, when the VF Commodore will bow out to make way for a locally-made four-cylinder front-drive sedan.

The end of rear-drive Commodores is likely to ensure the HSV GTS “Gen F” will become a future collector’s item, given that it is unlikely any locally-made car produced after it will eclipse its power output.

The new HSV GTS “Gen F” was so secret only an inner-circle of senior Holden executives were allowed in the planning meetings over the past four years. The HSV performance car outfit -- a separate business to Holden -- also took unprecedented security measures. Most of its own staff didn’t know it was coming.

Only the designers and engineers who developed the GTS had intimate knowledge of the LSA supercharged V8 engine that would power it. Early HSV prototypes were assembled by hand so they didn’t go along the regular Holden production line. Only in the past few months were a handful of pre-production cars sent down the assembly line in Elizabeth.

But with the unveiling of the new HSV range just around the corner, News Limited has exclusively obtained key data on the most exciting car to ever wear a made-in-Australia stamp.

HSV was able to keep the epic supercharged GTS engine under wraps because it is continuing with the Corvette-based 6.2-litre V8 for the rest of its model line-up, including the Clubsport, Senator and Grange sedans and the Maloo ute.

There will be three engine outputs available from the regular 6.2-litre V8 -- 317kW, 325kW and a new 340kW/570Nm option which achieves its new peak thanks to a high-performance air intake. The 340kW “Performance Pack” will be a $6000 option (paired with unique wheels and other equipment) on the Clubsport R8 sedan and wagon and the Maloo R8 ute, but standard on the Senator and Grange luxury sedans.

Meanwhile 20-inch rims will be standard across the range (HSV didn’t see the need for bigger wheels). The charcoal-finish, multi-spoke, lightweight, forged-alloy 20-inch wheels first seen on last year’s 25th anniversary GTS will become an option across the “Gen F” range.

Six-piston brakes -- with lighter calipers and two-piece rotors for improved cooling -- will be standard on the GTS, but the rest of the range will retain four-piston brakes. Some models have trimmed about 30kg in weight but the GTS weighs about the same as before because of the added heavy-duty hardware.

When News Limited asked HSV to comment on the new line-up the company chose to maintain its silence, saying it doesn’t comment on future model plans.

Even top-level HSV dealers were only just informed about the new model in the past few weeks. They too can’t believe HSV has been able to keep such big news so secret for so long. Thankfully, we’ve been able to piece together this story with their help, more than a month ahead of the official unveiling.

Unfortunately, enthusiasts will need to wait a little longer yet for the mighty GTS. HSV will launch its new Clubsport and Maloo line-up in June but the GTS is not due to start production until August.

Although it is HSV’s intention to maintain the GTS as a regular part of the model range, production will initially be limited, with only about 500 LSAs due to be built in this year’s allocation.

By Joshua Dowling
Source: CarsGuide.com.au
http://www.carsguide.com.au/news-and-reviews/car-news/new_hsv_gts_australias_most_powerful_car
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Nice.
Thanks for posting.


The shock absorbers use the same technology as Ferrari, with tiny magnetic particles adjusting the damping forces in milliseconds, enabling the car to better respond to road conditions."

So, this gets the MSRC that the SS Sedan should have got.


The new HSV GTS is due on sale mid-year with an RRP of about $95,000 -- but the transaction price will be closer to $100,000 once on-road costs are added. That’s almost triple the cost of a basic Holden Commodore, but less than half as much as its European rivals.


Save your money, Aussie brothers. Do a TVS 2300 or a ECS Supercharging system and a set of long tube headers with a custom dyno tune.

I'm glad Oz get's their version of the Camaro ZL1.

That "cheese grater" material needs to go.
Maybe replace it with the stuff Cadillac uses for the V series cars.


PS
Panamera Turbo and E63 4matic eats this thing for lunch. Definitely not competition.
But, I love the LS3, and the low profile of a GM car.
 

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Carsguide also understands there will be no further power upgrades to the LSA engine during its four-year run to the end of 2016, when the VF Commodore will bow out to make way for a locally-made four-cylinder front-drive sedan.


If these rumors are true, very sad news. :(




While there has been widespread speculation about what might power the new HSV range -- given the Commodore’s link to the US Camaro’s underpinnings and its engines -- no-one has to date published more than guesswork.

Now maybe the people that try to tell me I'm wrong EVERY time I post that the Camaro and the SS Sedan are the same car will finally STFU.

Contrary to perception, fitting the LSA engine in the Commodore was not a straightforward process. While the supercharged V8 engine was readily available off the shelf, significant upgrades were required to the clutch, gearbox, tailshaft and axles to handle the awesome power. A new heavy-duty differential with extra cooling and extra mounting points had to be developed, as did extra under-body strengthening.

Those looking to add significant power to their SS should take note of the above. It could be BS, but it sounds legit.
 

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The LSA itself would more than likely bolt in, but the clutch, diff and the TR6060 wouldn't cope if you drove it like you stole it. That's where the development costs go. It's a mass produced car so has to pass certain tests not to break all the time.

And I concur, a quick shifting paddle shift auto that are in every European car that it mentions should be part of the deal, but alas, as there's no words except retaining the 6 speed manual, it must be the same stuff.

Thought they might put the C7 7 speed in for the manual but apparently not.

The price guidelines are way out for your guys, we pay big money for what you get there, including the cost of the Europeans mentioned.

If you want your SS for USD35k, it won't have an LSA in it.
 

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The LSA itself would more than likely bolt in, but the clutch, diff and the TR6060 wouldn't cope if you drove it like you stole it. That's where the development costs go. It's a mass produced car so has to pass certain tests not to break all the time.

And I concur, a quick shifting paddle shift auto that are in every European car that it mentions should be part of the deal, but alas, as there's no words except retaining the 6 speed manual, it must be the same stuff.

Thought they might put the C7 7 speed in for the manual but apparently not.

The price guidelines are way out for your guys, we pay big money for what you get there, including the cost of the Europeans mentioned.

If you want your SS for USD35k, it won't have an LSA in it.

All the development for a LSA equipped Commodore/SS Sedan has already been done.
The Camaro is the SAME car and we already have a LSA equipped Camaro called the ZL1.

I want a $35k price or better and a stickshift.
I don't need a LSA.
If I wanted to pay more money, or I wanted a LSA, I would just buy a CTS-V.

The more time goes on, I am leaning towards a ATS-V.....debadged for sleeper status.

But, I think I am going to wind up driving a Alpha based Camaro as my daily beater.
SS and V8 stickers removed...... total sleeper. :)
 

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All the development for a LSA equipped Commodore/SS Sedan has already been done.
The Camaro is the SAME car and we already have a LSA equipped Camaro called the ZL1.
Um, yes, it is the same floorplan, but the bits that bolt to it hasn't been done before at this level. The Commodore has peaked at LS7 prior & that was just a hand full of cars. There is no doubting it all fits, but GM dictates that Holden / HSV must do their homework to make sure it's reliable.

Have no doubt HSV have leant on their mates who worked on the ZL1, but it all has to come together as a mass-produced car & work without breaking - with power & especially torque numbers that have never been put through the Australian chassis / drivetrain before.

If I wanted to pay more money, or I wanted a LSA, I would just buy a CTS-V.
Except a CTS-V (wish we had them here) is not unique to you like this will be - IF you get the SS with the LSA.

You want what you can't have :)

I yearn for a Vette - but I can only get imports at stupid money, so I'll have to make do with my Senator with a a super'd LS3 :) It does have a stick tho.......
 

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Sorry guys but I can't get enough of the new Holden HSV GTS, in my opinion it's full of epicnes, so here's some more info on the new HSV directly from the source :D

Following this car closely since it's the Chevy SS we all want but may or may not get.

HSV Confirms Release of Gen-F

Australia’s performance car leader, HSV, today announced that its hotly anticipated new model range will be dubbed GEN-F.

Breaking with recent tradition of naming their vehicles using a series nomenclature (E Series 1, E Series 2, E Series 3), HSV needed to look further afield to overcome legal and marketing clashes.

“It was obvious, from the beginning, that we were going to have to adjust our approach, because F Series or F1 wasn’t going to work” said HSV Director of Sales ’ Marketing Tim Jackson.

“We had three basic objectives. Firstly, we needed to ensure we referenced our vehicle’s relationship with Holden’s VF. Secondly, we have a new generation vehicle so we wanted to use language that people would find easily relatable. And finally, we wanted it to be simple.”

“GEN-F almost picked itself”, added Jackson.

Jackson also indicated some of the rumours surrounding GEN-F were on the mark, but was holding confirmation back until the official release date. “There has been plenty of speculation so you can expect that some of it is accurate. I am just not going to reveal what’s accurate today. We will reveal all on May 15, which will be approximately a month before customers will be able to see the vehicles in the showroom”.
 

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sad times for the Chevy SS.
Yes and No.

The SS Sedan is still built on an overweight chassis.
Yes, the 4 doors are nice, but the next Camaro will be built on lightweight chassis that will smoke the SS Sedan in every aspect other than interior room. Yes, you will have to give up 2 doors and some room, but the trade off will come with significant gains.

If you really need a large sedan with a GM V8.
Yes, times may be rough for you.

On the other hand, at least you have the OPTION of the SS Sedan.
Even though it doesn't offer a stickshift and the rumors are that it will be overpriced.

Who knows.
The C7 base price was announced at $51k today which is around $2k more than the 8 year old C6.
So, maybe GM will be smart and you will be able to buy a SS Sedan for around $35k.
 

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The GTS will look quite different to these images above and quite a lot better . . . GM have specifically developed the VF to have the LSA as part of the Chevy SS range also . . . and it will arrive into US showrooms in late 2013 at a lesser price that the CTSV
 

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All the development for a LSA equipped Commodore/SS Sedan has already been done.
The Camaro is the SAME car and we already have a LSA equipped Camaro called the ZL1.
whilst technically they could be considered the same car the rear suspension between Camaro and Holden is not identical there are different geometry setups on the rear.

To put the LSA into a HSV model falls outside of normal channels as they are considered as a manufacturer in their own right and must pass all compliancing required by government agencies here in Aus.

HSV warranties must be covered by HSV not GM Holden so they need to ensure longevity in the product they create.

It still doesn't make me happy that for me to get MRC suspension I have to buy an HSV though. I am a Holden man more so and would love the option on the SS-V. I can live with the 6 litre there are some nice go fast bits I can get cheap but MRC is what I am being denied.
 

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The GTS will look quite different to these images above and quite a lot better . . . GM have specifically developed the VF to have the LSA as part of the Chevy SS range also . . . and it will arrive into US showrooms in late 2013 at a lesser price that the CTSV
I hope you are right
 

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Yes and No.

The SS Sedan is still built on an overweight chassis.
Yes, the 4 doors are nice, but the next Camaro will be built on lightweight chassis that will smoke the SS Sedan in every aspect other than interior room. Yes, you will have to give up 2 doors and some room, but the trade off will come with significant gains.

If you really need a large sedan with a GM V8.
Yes, times may be rough for you.

On the other hand, at least you have the OPTION of the SS Sedan.
Even though it doesn't offer a stickshift and the rumors are that it will be overpriced.

Who knows.
The C7 base price was announced at $51k today which is around $2k more than the 8 year old C6.
So, maybe GM will be smart and you will be able to buy a SS Sedan for around $35k.
Overweight chassis, yet it weighs less than other cars in it's class.
 

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Overweight chassis, yet it weighs less than other cars in it's class.
The G37 sedan weighs 3,600lbs. I don't care what anyone says, it IS in the same class as the SS Sedan that weighs 4,000lbs. So, yes, the SS Sedan is heavy.

It doesn't matter because the whole point I was making is that Camaro (and maybe the next SS Sedan) is getting the lighter Alpha chassis from Cadillac.
 

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If you're going to make a comparison between the SS and an Infiniti, why would you ignore the one Infiniti that is identical in dimension and configuration (the M56) in favor of a car that's markedly smaller, V6 powered and in a different class (compact v midsized)?

I realize comparing the SS to an entry level compact V6 sedan with a 90hp disadvantage is the only way to make one's argument that the SS is too costly and too heavy come anywhere close to working, but if one needs to make such an absurd stretch to get one's hypothesis to work, it's probably time to just ditch one's hypothesis.

Infiniti G37 Journey
Wheelbase: 112" (2.7" shorter vs SS)
Width: 69.8" (4.2" narrower vs SS)
Length: 187.9" (8" shorter vs SS)
Engine: V6
Engine Displacement: 3.7 Liters (2.5 liters less vs SS)
Horsepower: 328 (87hp less than SS)
GVW: 3628 (372lbs lighter than SS)
MSRP $37,550 ($2450 less than SS)

Chevy SS
Wheelbase: 114.7
Width: 74"
Length: 196"
Engine: V8
Engine Displacement: 6.2 Liters
Horsepower: 415
GVW: 4,000
(MSRP $40,000 Est)

The only comparable Infiniti sedan by the numbers is the M56. The 56's wheelbase is within 7/10ths of an inch of an SS. It's only 1.4" narrower and 1.4" shorter than an SS . The SS V8 and M56 V8 are within 0.6 liters of displacement. The M56 has a 5hp advantage and weighs 32lbs more.

Infiniti M56

Wheelbase: 114.0 (0.7" difference vs SS)
Width: 72.6" (1.4" difference vs SS)
Length: 194" (2" difference vs SS)
Engine Displacement 5.6 Liters (.6 liter difference vs SS)
Engine: V8
Horsepower: 420 (5hp difference vs SS)
Weight: 4032 (32lb difference vs SS)
MSRP $61,200 ($21,000 difference vs SS)

Therefore, my hypothesis is that if you find a car that is as dimensionally close to the SS as possible, the SS wins on content and performance. If you find one that is dimensionally close and with similar performance and content, the SS kills it on price. So far that's the only conclusion supported by math.
 
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if you're going to make a comparison between the ss and an infiniti, why would you ignore the one infiniti that is identical in dimension and configuration (the m56) in favor of a car that's markedly smaller, v6 powered and in a different class (compact v midsized)?

I realize comparing the ss to an entry level compact v6 sedan with a 90hp disadvantage is the only way to make one's argument that the ss is too costly and too heavy come anywhere close to working, but if one needs to make such an absurd stretch to get one's hypothesis to work, it's probably time to just ditch one's hypothesis.

infiniti g37 journey
wheelbase: 112" (2.7" shorter vs ss)
width: 69.8" (4.2" narrower vs ss)
length: 187.9" (8" shorter vs ss)
engine: V6
engine displacement: 3.7 liters (2.5 liters less vs ss)
horsepower: 328 (87hp less than ss)
gvw: 3628 (372lbs lighter than ss)
msrp $37,550 ($2450 less than ss)

chevy ss
wheelbase: 114.7
width: 74"
length: 196"
engine: V8
engine displacement: 6.2 liters
horsepower: 415
gvw: 4,000
(msrp $40,000 est)

the only comparable infiniti sedan by the numbers is the m56. The 56's wheelbase is within 7/10ths of an inch of an ss. It's only 1.4" narrower and 1.4" shorter than an ss . The ss v8 and m56 v8 are within 0.6 liters of displacement. The m56 has a 5hp advantage and weighs 32lbs more.

infiniti m56
wheelbase: 114.0 (0.7" difference vs ss)
width: 72.6" (1.4" difference vs ss)
length: 194" (2" difference vs ss)
engine displacement 5.6 liters (.6 liter difference vs ss)
engine: V8
horsepower: 420 (5hp difference vs ss)
weight: 4032 (32lb difference vs ss)
msrp $61,200 ($21,000 difference vs ss)

therefore, my hypothesis is that if you find a car that is as dimensionally close to the ss as possible, the ss wins on content and performance. If you find one that is dimensionally close and with similar performance and content, the ss kills it on price. So far that's the only conclusion supported by math.

good post! :d
 

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GTOguy-

Don't even try to be dismissive with me.
I'll bite my tongue for now, and just say this:

The G37 sedan runs mid to low 13's in the 1/4 mile, so the performance argument is dismissed.

As far as the size difference, I have done back to back road tests of the G and the SS Sedan (Pontiac G8 GXP) and they are comparable. Sure, the G8 is a little larger, but they ARE comparable.
 

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GTOguy-

Don't even try to be dismissive with me.
I'll bite my tongue for now, and just say this:

The G37 sedan runs mid to low 13's in the 1/4 mile, so the performance argument is dismissed.

As far as the size difference, I have done back to back road tests of the G and the SS Sedan (Pontiac G8 GXP) and they are comparable. Sure, the G8 is a little larger, but they ARE comparable.
Would you agree that the M56 is more comparable to the SS in terms of size, weight, engine type, horsepower, torque, 0-60 and 1/4 mile times?
 
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