More Models Surface As 2008 On-Sale Date For HSV 427 Firms
2 July 2007
HSV's supercar could now debut next year - as part of an upgraded anniversary range.
HSV's plans for an exclusive GTS-R 427 are firming up with news that the specialist car maker will also launch a new range of models timed to coincide with its 20th Anniversary and Holden's VE 'series II' upgrade around July next year.
While the so-called GTS-R 427 will feature a version of the Corvette Z06's exotic dry-sumped 7.0-litre Le Mans-ready V8, a wider HSV range will debut with some set to receive new, higher performance engines.
These new engines will deliver a substantial lift in power over the current 307kW LS2-engined 6.0-litre models. The new models will form the backbone of the maker's 20th Anniversary range.
Though a GTS-R 427 is tipped to appear at October's Sydney Motor Show to kick off HSV's 20th Anniversary celebrations, it is believed customer deliveries will commence around July-August 2008 so they can coincide with the revised HSV range (more here).
It is critical to HSV's bona fides in the $125K-plus marketplace that it avoids a model change in the middle of any super-sedan's production run. The company would not want a repeat of the VTII GTS 300.
That model was previewed at the Sydney Motor Show in October 1999 but the first customer cars were not delivered until the end of March 2000.
Buyers who thought they were taking delivery of a highly exclusive, $95,000 limited edition were suddenly faced with a cheaper, mainstream version of their new car just six-months later at the September 2000 VX facelift.
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HSV To Show Tweaked VE At Sydney Motor Show
9 July 2007
Holden Special Vehicles is celebrating 20 years with a few exciting surprises for us all.
Something special is simmering at Holden Special Vehicles as the clock counts down to its 20th-birthday celebrations.
The main course will be served at the Melbourne Motor Show next year, but there will be an appetiser at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney in October with the coming VE Commodore ute.
The new HSV Maloo is a definite, but HSV chief Scott Grant is not being specific about other plans.
Still, he is hinting about a tweak job on one of its existing VE-based cars for Sydney before going all-out with the main game in Melbourne next March.
“We'll have a number of events and vehicles for the anniversary,” Grant says.
“We are going to celebrate our 20 years in the business, and in typical HSV style we will create something of a limited nature for the Australian International Motor Show, as well as showcasing the new Maloo.
“Sydney gives us an opportunity to have the brand-new production car called the Maloo, and to celebrate a successful Australian business there will be something else."
“For Melbourne we want to do something substantial, to really capture the imagination. We're looking at a vintage car of the future.”
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