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by Tim Beissmann

The HSV GTS will become the most powerful production car in Australia’s history when the 430kW monster launches later this year.

It’s news that has been a poorly kept secret and HSV’s plans to contain details of its new Gen-F range have been dealt a further blow with the blatant breech of an official media embargo by an Australian car magazine.

CarAdvice has seen the new HSVs in the flesh and had been abiding by the embargo ahead of an official reveal date of May 15.

The leaked information confirms the new HSV GTS will be powered by a 430kW/740Nm tune of General Motors’ supercharged 6.2-litre ‘LSA’ V8 from the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, easily bettering the 375kW/640Nm output of the limited edition HSV W427 of 2008-2009.

The supercharged V8 is also expected to make the new HSV GTS the quickest Australian-made car ever, bettering the 4.5-second 0-100km/h sprint laid down by the current benchmark, the 335kW/575Nm FPV GT RSPEC.

The new HSV GTS will become the first Australian-made car with a torque vectoring system, which is designed to improve the vehicle’s cornering ability by reducing understeer, as well as powerful new braking system with six-piston front calipers.


The rest of the HSV Gen-F range – which launches a few months ahead of the GTS in June – will continue with GM’s naturally aspirated 6.2-litre ‘LS3’ V8, which will now be offered at three distinct output levels.

Entry-level HSV ClubSport and Maloo models will carry over the 317kW/550Nm tune from the outgoing E3 line-up, and R8 versions of the ClubSport, Maloo and Tourer will continue with a slightly more powerful 325kW/550Nm unit.

A new 340kW/570Nm tune will be fitted to the updated HSV Senator Signature and long-wheelbase Grange models, and will be available in the R8 variants as part of an optional ‘SV Enhanced’ package.

Continental tyres replace Bridgestones as the rubber of choice, wrapping around 20-inch alloy wheels across the new Gen-F range.

While HSV is yet to release images of the new model, the homegrown sports car range is set to sport less polarising styling, with the in-your-face bonnet nostrils and hexagonal tailpipes of the outgoing E3 benched for more sophisticated features.

A number of advanced technology features developed for the VF Commodore including head-up display, forward collision and blind spot monitoring, electric power steering and a electric park brake will also be introduced to the HSV portfolio for the first time.

CarAdvice will bring you all the official images, technical details and prices of HSV’s new Gen-F range on May 15th.