Fans of HSV may have something to look forward to next year. The company is allegedly testing a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine lifted straight out of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
Various HSV prototypes had been seen undergoing local tuning and are reportedly giving off a distinct whining sound, characteristic of a supercharged engine. If the speculation is true, it is likely the 2014 HSV range could adopt the more powerful supercharged V8.
In the Camaro ZL1, the Chevrolet LSA engine churns out a massive 432kW of power and 754Nm of torque. However, the HSV version may be detuned slightly compared with the American muscle car.
At the moment, all HSV models, from the Clubsport to the Senator, feature a naturally aspirated Chevrolet LS3 6.2-litre V8 that produces 325kW of power. 0-100km/h is achieved in 4.9 seconds. The new powerplant could potentially cut this sprint time to low 4.0 seconds.
HSV’s nemesis, FPV (Ford Performance Vehicles), is currently winning on the power count with their flagship GT, which comes with a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 producing 335kW. As the kilowatts war heats up between team red (HSV) and team blue (Ford), HSV’s new engine will once again reign supreme with the 2014 VF Commodore based range.
The VF Commodore which is due next year, is expected to be lighter. This would bode well for HSV.