It was previously speculated that HSV is working on an “ultimate” GTS to send off the Commodore before local production finishes in 2017. Well, speculate no more, as a well-placed source has revealed to ForceGT that the most hardcore Commodore ever is “all happening”, and that it is everything but “official”.
Clayton’s super sedan will wear the GTS-R nameplate, last used in 1996 on the VS Commodore GTS-R which was built to resemble the Holden Racing Team V8 Supercars of the day. While the current GTS flagship uses the LSA supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine pushing out 430kW and 740Nm, the new GTS-R will get the same heart that motivates the Corvette ZR1 – the dry sump LS9 supercharged 6.2-litre good for a whopping 476kW and 819Nm.
Driving the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic (a seven-speed manual from the Corvette is a possible future addition), the HSV GTS-R will blast from zero to 100km/h in under four seconds and complete the quarter mile (400m) in under 12 seconds. It will go down in history as the most powerful and fastest Australian muscle car ever.
Our source also told us that only 100 GTS-R will be made and like its forebear of the 90s, it’s destined to be a very sought after collector’s item, despite the asking price of around $130,000.