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by Tim Beissmann

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Holden/HSV tuner Walkinshaw Performance has launched its first supercharged packages for the VF Commodore and Gen-F, offering peak outputs just shy of 500kW and 1000Nm.

The Walkinshaw W457 package boosts output of the Holden Commodore’s 6.0-litre V8 from 270kW/530Nm to 457kW/780Nm (bettering the production HSV GTS), while the W497 package elevates HSV’s 6.2-litre V8 from 317kW/550Nm to an almighty 497kW/955Nm.

Both supercharged W457 and W497 packages cost $18,990 and are available across sedan, wagon and ute body styles, meaning they can be had from as little as $57,980 as a ready-to-drive SS Ute and $77,980 as an HSV Maloo.

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The extreme performance gains are achieved through a long list of enhancements including a WP230 supercharger package, large high-flow injectors, Eaton Twin Vortices 2300 Series Gen VI rotors, a water-to-air intercooler package, custom-moulded heater and intercooler hoses, cast aluminium coil covers, injection-moulded cold-air intake package, heavy-duty serpentine belt drive system, 12-inch intake runners, self-contained oil system, and a full stainless steel exhaust system with ceramic-coated headers and high-flow catalytic converters.

Walkinshaw Performance general manager Tony Harris says the packages represent “the pinnacle of Australian automotive design and engineering capabilities”.

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“On power figures alone it’s impressive, but as we always say: driveability is the number one goal and we believe that these W Series twins are exceedingly well mannered in this key area,” Harris said.

“That said, it’s hard to hide the performance results and these cars are guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of every motoring enthusiast.”

Like all Walkinshaw creations, vehicles equipped with the W457 and W497 packages retain Holden and HSV’s three-year/100,000km warranty and come with a certificate of authenticity.




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