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VF Commodore-Based (Chevy SS) HSV Gen-F Range Revealed: Everything You Need To Know

Here it is... The most powerful performance vehicle ever produced in Australia. The new HSV Gen-F GTS. Full specification, pictures, and details below!

Build Your HSV Gen-F: HSV Gen-F / GTS

HSV Gen-F GTS Overview

HSV Gen-F GTS Product Overview:

Introducing the HSV Gen F:

HSV Gen-F Models:


Maloo R8

Clubsport R8 Tourer


Clubsport R8


Senator Signature


HSV Gen-F Colors:
Heron white
Regal Peacock
Perfect Blue

HSV Gen-F Interior Trim/Colors:

Hot Red Leather
Onyx Leather


With a whole new distinctive identity, the HSV GEN-F range of vehicles feature a more sophisticated, modern and integrated design.

The GTS is fitted standard with:

• AP cross-drilled discs with forged 6-piston front calipers and 2 piece front and rear rotors
• 20" x 8.5" (front) and 20" x 9.5" (rear) “Blade” forged alloy wheels in Satin Graphite
• HSV LED Tail Lamps
• Dual function Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs)
• Projector headlamps
• HSV Quad exhaust outlets with Shadow Chrome tips
• HSV Performance Body Design
• Fender vents and side mirrors with Pitch Black accenting
• HSV side-skirts
• HSV Super-flow Performance Spoiler


The GTS features 20" x 8.5" front and 20" x 9.5" rear “Blade” forged alloy wheels in Satin Graphite

Daytime Running Lamps

The dual function lamp runs as a Daytime Running Lamp (DRL) and a Position Lamp meaning they can be seen at night, at a slightly lower intensity, in conjunction with the headlights.

Super-Flow Performance Spoiler

The GEN-F GTS features the all new HSV Super-flow Performance Spoiler finished in body colour with Pitch Black accenting. This spoiler complements the integrated and aggressive design of the rear fascia.



The GEN-F GTS receives an all-new premium interior incorporating new seats and fabrics, instrument panel, cluster, gauges, centre console, trims and finishes.

The GTS features:

• Driver Preference Dial
• HSV Performance Seats in Onyx Leather Trim
• 8-way electric adjustment of driver and front passenger seat
• Front seat heaters
• Multifunction, leather wrap sports profile steering wheel with height and reach adjust
• HSV Sports Twin gauges displaying oil pressure and boost pressure
• Centre console GTS I.D. plate
• Leather wrap gear selector
• Alloy faced pedals
• Premium BOSE audio with 9 speakers
• Enhanced Driver Interface (EDI)
• Dual Zone Climate Control


The GTS features an 8" high-resolution, colour touch-screen display along with USB input, Single CD player with hard drive storage and the capability to play MP3 tracks, Full iPod® integration and a 9- Speaker Bose® premium audio system.

Enhanced Bluetooth©

The Bluetooth fitted standard to the GTS is fully integrated so keeping in touch, while on the move, has never been easier.



Driver Environment

Side Blind Zone Alert with Reverse Traffic Alert

The Side Blind Zone Alert system extends driver vision, using ultrasonic waves to detect objects adjacent to the vehicle in the traditional “blind spot” zones. Reverse Traffic Alert intuitively scans rear cross traffic and warns you of any approaching vehicle hazards.

Head Up Display

The Head-Up Display provides the driver with important vehicle information including speedometer, tachometer and lateral G forces, in a safe and convenient way on the windscreen directly in front of them.

Enhanced Driver Interface (EDI)

EDI connects with the vehicle’s on-board computer to constantly stream real-time vehicle dynamics and performance data to the touch screen display.

Passive Entry and Remote Start (Automatic Transmission only)

Passive entry is a keyless access system which lets you lock and unlock the vehicle’s doors without removing the remote from your pocket, briefcase etc.

Vehicles with automatic transmission have remote start which allows the vehicle’s engine to be started from outside the vehicle by using the remote start button found on the remote key.

Automatic Park Assist

The Automatic Park Assist system helps take the guess work out of reversing into tight parking spaces through the use of parking sensors located in the front and rear fascias. The sensors detect the suitability of a parking space, calculate the correct drive path and steer the vehicle into position. All that is left for the driver to do is control the brakes, transmission and clutch (in manual vehicles).

Forward Collision Alert

A camera, located above the rear view mirror, scans the road ahead up to 14 times per second. When a collision is predicted, the driver is alerted with an audible tone and a visible alert in the Head Up Display. Anticipating hard braking, the system applies sufficient brake pressure to close the space between the brake pads and rotors, thus delivering a quicker brake response time.

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning alerts the driver to any unintentional lane departures with an audible sound and warning indicator.

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers are a convenience feature in that the windscreen wipers will operate when water is detected on the windscreen without the driver having to manually operate them.

Hill Start Assist/Hill Hold Control

The Hill Start Assist system assists in preventing rollback when taking off, when the vehicle is on an incline or decline (when reversing).

Performance Technologies

Supercharged LSA Engine

The GTS features a 6.2litre Supercharged LSA engine which provides a staggering 430kW of power and 740Nm of torque.

With all this power comes the need for massive amounts of air cooling, which is why the GTS’ design is not only stylish and sophisticated, but also functional with 130,000 square millimetres of air intake frontal surface area. To also assist with this need for cooling, the GEN-F GTS is fitted with a stacked plate engine oil cooler and Water to Air charge intercooler system.

Unique tail shafts cater for the higher torque loads and a new rear differential helps transfer all of that power to the ground.

Torque Vectoring

Torque Vectoring uses the ESC system to detect when the vehicle is starting to understeer, and helps correct it. The system works by transferring torque across the rear axle from the inside wheel to the outside wheel. This is accomplished by braking the inside wheel and adding torque, through increased engine power, to the outside wheel. The result is a “rotational moment”, acting on the body, helping to steer the vehicle through the corner.

Driver Preference Dial

The Driver Preference Dial allows the driver to manipulate the vehicle’s various electronic performance systems according to a range of distinct pre-set modes.

AP Brakes

The GEN-F GTS features a new and improved brake package developed from the latest NASCAR and V8 Supercar technologies, which has not only provided a weight saving, but also improved our brake feel and performance.

The GTS is fitted with forged 6-piston front calipers with 2 piece front and rear rotors with increased diameters.

Continental Tyres

After an extensive evaluation and testing process, in both dry and wet conditions, the HSV Engineering team with the assistance of HSV Test Driver and V8 Supercar Driver, Garth Tander chose Continental as the tyre supplier for the new GEN-F range.

Generation 3 Magnetic Ride Control (MRC)

HSV, in conjunction with Bosch, has been working on the latest iteration of this suspension technology for over two years. Dubbed “Generation 3 MRC”, this feature is standard on the GEN-F GTS.
Generation 3 MRC has 3 independent settings on GTS and now runs dual coil pistons which results in faster response times and greater body control.

Electric Power Steering

Electric Power Steering, with 2 modes, matches steering calibration with ESC settings, providing a new level of “feel” through the steering wheel that can be changed to suit driving preferences.

Launch Control (Manual Transmission only)

Launch Control provides the vehicle with the ability to accelerate, from standstill, at its maximum potential by managing engine torque and wheel-slip ratios.

Competition Mode - Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Competition Mode ESC is specifically designed to give the driver more freedom under ‘spirited’ driving conditions.



SV Performance forged alloy wheel

20" x 8.5" SV Performance front wheel in Satin Graphite (255/35 R20 tyre). 20" x 9.5" SV Performance rear wheel in Satin Graphite (275/35 R20 tyre).

(Note: ClubSport R8 SV with 4-piston brakes pictured)

Automatic Transmission

6-speed automatic transmission with Active Select specifically calibrated to the LS3 engine power and torque output.


The factory fitted electric sunroof features tilt and slide functions and a block out sunshade.

Temporary Spare Wheel

Full size, 20” temporary spare wheel in gloss black. (Note: Tyre Pressure Monitor is not available on the Temporary Spare Wheel.)

HSV Performance Seats in “Red Hot” Leather Trim

HSV Performance leather seats in “Red Hot” trim, with 8-way electric adjustment on driver and front passenger seats.

HSV Lo-Line Spoiler

An all-new HSV Lo-line spoiler in Satin Graphite is available as an option on GTS.



Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

ABS reduces wheel lock under heavy braking situations by momentarily releasing brake pressure at the wheels required. This improves stopping distances on most surfaces, improves braking efficiency and enables better steering in demanding braking conditions.

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Exclusively calibrated by HSV, the GTS’s ESC system monitors steering wheel angle and speed to make turning corners safer. If loss of traction occurs, ESC activates to apply brake pressure to individual wheels and, if necessary, reduces engine power.

Electronic Brake Assist (EBA)

In emergency braking situations, few people apply the required pressure to the brake pedal. EBA activates to optimise brake pressure performance.


DataDot DNA Platinum is the ultimate deterrent to both “professional” car thieves and component counterfeiters or supplier overruns. Approximately 10,000 DataDot DNA are applied to each GEN-F vehicle, all of them laser-etched with the unique Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

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This is just amazing, thanks a lot for posting all the info. It's just too bad the Chevy SS doesn't get as much support, just amazing what holden special vehicles can do.

Loving the rear diffuser + quad exhaust + LED tails on the senator, just amazing


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Model by model guide below

By Tim Beissmann -

The HSV Gen-F range will become the quickest, most powerful and most technologically advanced family of sports cars ever to emerge from Holden’s go-fast division when it launches across Australia from June.

The HSV Gen-F embraces the sophisticated new exterior styling and cabin design of the Holden VF Commodore on which it’s based. Gen-F benefits from a host of the new systems developed for the base car, including electric power steering, electric park brake and automatic reverse-park assist, and boasts a number of firsts for a locally manufactured car, including torque vectoring and high-performance AP forged brakes.

The line-up features familiar names, with the ClubSport sedan, Maloo ute and Tourer wagon all carrying over along with the enhanced R8 line, luxury Senator Signature, long-wheelbase Grange, and the high-performance GTS.

While the rest of the range continues with its naturally aspirated 6.2-litre ‘LS3’ V8, the GTS upgrades to a stonking 430kW/740Nm tune of General Motors’ supercharged 6.2-litre ‘LSA’ V8 from the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, making it by far the most powerful, and almost certainly the quickest, Australian-made production car in history.

All models will reach showrooms at the beginning of June with the exception of the GTS, which is scheduled to arrive three months later in early September. Pricing for the range is not being released by HSV until later this month.

Here’s CarAdvice’s model-by-model guide to the new HSV Gen-F range:

HSV ClubSport

The HSV ClubSport is the entry-level model in the Gen-F range. The base 317kW/550Nm engine tune carries over from the outgoing E Series 3, as do the standard six-speed manual and optional six-speed automatic transmissions.
The ClubSport gets HSV’s standard suspension and stability control set-ups, as well as four sets of 367mm brake discs with four-piston calipers. They sit within 20-inch alloy wheels, which are now wrapped in new custom-tuned Continental tyres.

Standard exterior ClubSport highlights include front and rear parking sensors, side blind-zone and rear cross traffic alert systems, automatic headlights, and LED daytime running lights.
A sensor key with push-button start functionality opens the doors to reveal an entirely redesigned cabin. The headline act is the eight-inch, high-resolution touchscreen featuring Holden’s MyLink infotainment system, which integrates satellite navigation with live traffic updates, eight-speaker audio system, Siri voice control, internet radio apps, Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming, and a rear-view camera.

A new Driver Preference Dial (DPD) also finds its way onto the centre console, allowing drivers to select between three modes – Touring, Sport, and Performance – to vary the response of the ClubSport’s stability and traction control systems, electric power steering, and launch control (manual models only).
Dual-zone climate control and cruise control are standard, along with cloth upholstery and electrically adjustable sports seats.

HSV ClubSport R8

As before, stepping up to the HSV ClubSport R8 specification liberates an extra 8kW from the LS3 engine for 325kW in total. Torque remains at 550Nm. Also included is HSV’s Hi-Flow Intermediate with bi-modal mufflers.
Sports side skirts and six-spoke, machined-face, black-accent alloy wheels are the only visual differentiators between the R8 and the standard ClubSport.

Boosting the R8’s list of advanced driver assist features is a head-up display, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning, while the R8 also adds rain-sensing wipers, nine-speaker Bose premium audio system, and the Enhanced Driver Interface (EDI) system with updated graphics and improved display resolution.
Control of the bi-modal exhaust is also added to the DPD, while the R8 also upgrades to performance sports seats with eight-way electric adjust for the driver and passenger.

HSV ClubSport R8 Tourer

The HSV Tourer R8 is the only wagon in the Gen-F range. Its equipment list largely mirrors that of the R8 sedan, with unique exhaust outlets the only differentiating trim element on the outside.
It misses the ClubSport R8’s nine-speaker Bose audio system, however, and is the only model in the line-up fitted with a standard six-speaker unit.

Flexibility is the Tourer’s strong suit, of course, as it’s the sole variant to feature 60:40 split-fold rear seats, which collapse forward to create a completely flat-based load area.

HSV Maloo

The HSV Maloo is largely identical to the ClubSport, though misses out on the sedan’s LED tail-lights and passenger-side power-adjustable lumbar support. The ute’s audio system also features six speakers rather than eight, though is a step above the system in Tourer.
The Maloo package is completed by a soft tonneau cover.

HSV Maloo R8

Stepping up to the HSV Maloo R8 brings all of the upgrades when moving from ClubSport to ClubSport R8, although the six-speaker audio unit from the base ute remains.
A HSV performance sail plane and a remote-locking hard tonneau cover further differentiate the R8 from the standard Maloo.

HSV R8 SV option

Available on all three R8 models is the SV option package. Power and torque are bumped up 15kW and 20Nm respectively thanks to the introduction of a new a bi-modal air intake.
R8 SV models are distinguished visually by unique SV badges; forged Satin Graphite alloy wheels; and black plastic side vents, mirror caps and rear spoiler.

HSV Senator Signature

The HSV Senator Signature retains its traditional understated styling theme, highlighted by its single-piece grille, Dark Stainless forged alloy wheels, pewter brake calipers, chrome mirror caps with puddle lamps, and a body-colour lip spoiler. The cabin features premium front seats with driver’s memory settings and luxury interior trim.

The Senator comes standard with the 340kW SV engine tune, and is available in either manual or auto. It also adds HSV’s Generation 3 Magnetic Ride Control suspension with dual coil pistons, designed to offer faster response times, greater body control, sharper handling and improvements in ride quality. Two MRC settings are available – Touring and Sport – via the DPD.

HSV Grange

The long-wheelbase HSV Grange misses the design overhaul of the rest of the VF Commodore-based range, instead carrying over largely unchanged from the E Series 3 model.
The Grange is equipped almost identically to the Senator, adding front foglights and unique exhaust outlets, but missing out on the Performance mode in the DPD.


The introduction of the supercharged LSA V8 sees the output of the HSV GTS (pictured top) rise a staggering 105kW and 190Nm – the equivalent of a small hatchback – over the E Series 3 model to the point where it now outguns the likes of the BMW M5 (412kW/680Nm) and the Audi RS6 (412kW/700Nm).
The inclusion of electronic torque vectoring is a first for an Australian car. Torque vectoring is designed to help steer a vehicle into and through a corner by reducing understeer. It uses rotational movement generated in the rear axle when the vehicle is under power, transferring torque across the rear axle by using ESC to brake the inside wheel while adding torque to the outside wheel.

The brakes themselves have been uprated and now measure 390mm at the front and 372mm at the rear. Bright yellow six-piston aluminium calipers grip the discs at all four corners, and don’t add extra weight despite their larger size.
Both the TR6060 manual and 6L90E automatic six-speed transmissions are unique to the GTS. HSV also made substantial changes to the rear module, with the GTS boasting a unique sub-frame, stabiliser bar and prop-shaft, along with a 9.9-inch differential with stacked plate cooler, larger-diameter half shafts and aluminium hubs. A high-flow bi-modal airbox pairs with a high-flow exhaust system to control the flow of intake and emissions.

The GTS exclusively offers drivers a fourth Track mode on the DPD, which takes Performance mode to another level thanks to its Track tune for the Magnetic Ride Control suspension.
Other distinguishing features of the GTS include Satin Graphite forged alloy wheels, black mirror caps and side vents, large rear spoiler, and black-tipped quad exhaust outlets, as well as the luxury interior trim grade, premium heated front seats, and a boost gauge.

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Sign me up for the HSV ClubSport R8, in black, and I'm good to go.

I love the SV Performance forged alloy wheels, the quad-exhaust/rear-diffuser.

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I love the options HSV are offering.
But, it makes me sick that GM is forcing Americans to pay for stupid features like cooled seats and lane departure, but not giving us MSRC, E-diff, and launch control in a car named the SS Performance Sedan.

With all due respect, the LSA is nice, but removing weight or adding the OPTION of AWD should have been offered before more power.
The Commodore is an awesome daily driver, but it's still a fat pig and needs an AWD option for wet and cold climates.
No AWD is what's killing it for me too, even worse is a HSV GTS without AWD. HSV GTS AWD would be a killer setup, it might push some Americans to import one, I know I would be tempted to if I had the coin. But for now any hope in AWD from GM is Cadillac.

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they have announced on radio this morning that 150 orders have already been taken by dealers for the GTS.

the senator has always been a loaded calais V with less aggressive styling

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if you have ever wondered where HSV test their toys google wensleydale victoria
looks like a nice place to go very fast
Wow, that really long twisty road is amazing, it's definitely one of the best places to test a car like the VF commodore based HSV GTS. I was expecting to see an official race track tho. Any idea of HSV has used the Nurburgring?

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if they did it would be with GM
"private" use only track, also race tracks dont have rough areas to push a car past it's design limits
their are three car test sites in victoria,
ford has a test area near anakie, their site is just outside the north/east corner boundry, look for a long ovel running north/south
holden is 1km north of "the gurdies", look for the big ring, it is next to the bass hwy

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if they did it would be with GM
"private" use only track, also race tracks dont have rough areas to push a car past it's design limits
their are three car test sites in victoria,
ford has a test area near anakie, their site is just outside the north/east corner boundry, look for a long ovel running north/south
holden is 1km north of "the gurdies", look for the big ring, it is next to the bass hwy
I guess that's due to their budget? buying testing time on the ring cannot be cheap, probably costs them a pretty penny.

closing that that long twisty road off with police probably saves them a ton from a track, so many costs when it comes to running a track
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