They do love their muscle cars Down Under, and local manufacturer Holden didn’t disappoint at AIMS 2012 with a raft of hairy-chested, horsepower-crazy machines brooding on its Holden Special Vehicles stand. Enjoying its first reveal was the HSV 25th Anniversary GTS, powered by a 6.2 litre LS3 V8 that kicks out 436 hp and 550 Nm of torque.
As the name suggests, the sedan celebrates the performance arm’s 25th birthday and is limited to 125 units for Australia and 15 for New Zealand. The yellow fellow comes in other colours too, namely Heron, Sting and Phantom (that’s white, red and black). Price? Just shy of AUS$85k (RM267k).
Additions on to the regular GTS include Satin Graphite 20-inch forged alloys (which save over 22 kg over the standard wheels and reduce unsprung weight by 8%), ‘Vector’ hood scoops and side vents. There’s also a six-piston brake package that comes with bigger brake pad areas. Transmission choices are a six-speed manual or six-speed auto with Active Select.
What’s an Aussie motor show without utes? The Maloo R8 was there, powered by the same V8 as in the GTS and featuring a remote locking hard tonneau. The mean load-lugger also gets 20-inch forged alloys and the same transmission choices. Also on the HSV stand was the Clubsport and the Senator Signature sedans, again powered by the same engine.