Few cars on the road match the big heart and hot looks of the HSV GTS. Going forward into the second half of 2011 sees HSV’s GTS gain more power and more sophistication. The HSV GTS now comes with 325 kW on tap.
LED headlighting, daytime running lights and SV enhanced braking adds to the fantastic, mod safety package.
Inside you’ll enjoy the new Electronic Driver Interface and the latest in satellite navigation.
If power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, then the HSV GTS represents corruption on a level seldom seen outside banana republics ruled by crazed dictators. Holden has long been renowned for its muscle cars, and the HSV GTS is no exception for this.
The HSV GTS is made to go fast. Very fast. The 6.2-litre LS3 V8 engine boasts 325 kW of power at 6000 rpm and 550 Nm of torque at 4600 rpm, which can push all 1845 kg of car from 0-100 km/hour in under five seconds in manual form, according to manufacturer claims. If you are at the controls of this six-speed rear wheel drive, manual or automatic, you are in control of a lot of power. If you have yearnings to race, this may be the car for you – I wouldn’t be in the least surprised to see the HSV GTS going around the Bathurst track like its big V8 supercar brothers. And certainly, the HSV GTS has the looks to match the performance. A shockwave impacted the grille design at the front of the HSV GTS. This aggressive styling matches the car’s phenomenal performance.
If you are behind the controls of the HSV GTS, then you will appreciate what the power assisted rack and pinion steering and the suspension (MacPherson struts, coil springs and stabiliser bar at the front; independent by multi link, coil springs and stabiliser at the back) can do for you. The system in the suspension called Magnetic Ride Control has been specially designed to change viscosity very quickly, giving the HSV GTS excellent handling and a comfortable ride. The ABS brakes with emergency brake distribution and brake assist are a necessary part to rein in the power of the HSV GTS and avoid problems, but should the worst happen, you will definitely need the dual front and side airbags, the side curtain airbags, the active front headrests and the pre-tensioners in the front seats.
However, the makers of the HSV GTS haven’t neglected the other aspects of making driving enjoyable. The leather trim interior of the HSV GTS go well with the powerful looking exterior, and the six-stack CD audio is available should you tire of listening to the lion beneath the HSV GTS bonnet roaring. Keyless entry speeds your journey from your front door to the front seat. Newly introduced, the EDI system gives all the low down on the car’s performance and progress. A crystal clear audio entertainment system is compatible with a mobile phone kit.
The most obvious downside to the HSV GTS is the fuel economy. This is not a car for those who want to avoid large fuel bills. If you are careful, then it can manage about 14 litres per 100 km. Driven the way the designers intended, the HSV GTS will go through 20 litres per 100 km. Another downside comes from the impressive looks of the HSV GTS – it is eye-catching and will attract the attention of over-zealous police officers. We all know how to avoid being ticketed, though: drive within the legal limits and don’t push cars like the HSV GTS to the max outside a legal race track. If you do take the HSV GTS out racing, however, you will not be disappointed. Just keep it legal.
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