HSV has announced the return to its line-up of the highly revered GTSR nameplate. First seen on an HSV in 1996 with the introduction of the acclaimed “VS” model, HSV will offer three GTSR model variants as part of its MY17 range.
Drawing on its racing heritage, all three vehicles – GTSR (sedan), GTSR Maloo and GTSR W1 – share consistent, track-inspired styling and performance DNA.
All vehicles feature an all-new front fascia and splitter enhanced by bold new and wider front fenders that house Hyper Dark Stainless 20” x 9” (front) and 20” x 10” (rear) SV Panorama forged alloy wheels. Complementing the muscular front fenders are unique fender vents.
A premium, AP Racing, 6-piston brake package, featuring monoblock calipers and massive 410mm (front) rotors, delivers world-class stopping power.
The GTSR Maloo features Continental ContiSportContact 5P tyres for the optimum balance between road grip and ride comfort, with the GTSR W1’s forged alloys wrapped in specially selected Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R 265/35 R20 (front) and 295/30 R20 (rear) tyres to maximise the vehicle’s track potential.
From a suspension perspective, GTSR will feature HSV’s Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) system, a semi-active suspension system which responds to road inputs and driving conditions with dampers updated every 1000th of a second to optimise ride comfort, while GTSR W1 will be fitted with all-new “SupaShock” suspension.
This track-inspired suspension system mirrors that fitted to Walkinshaw Racing’s “Supercars” – refined for on-road driving but with a tune that is undeniably track focussed.
At the rear, the GTSR Maloo will feature an all-new fascia and diffuser, housing quad exhaust outlets with dual diamond tips (shadow-chrome on the GTSR W1), while the decklid features HSV’s new “Aeroflow” spoiler delivering a strong, distinctive and cohesive look. The GTSR Maloo also features a new wide and lower diffuser and quad exhaust outlets with dual diamond tips.
Internally, the GTSR Maloo reflects its track heritage with all three vehicles featuring new HSV Podium seats finished in Alcantara with diamond-quilted stitching. Striking red herringbone twin-needle highlights also feature extensively through-out the cabin, while an Alcantara-wrapped, sports-profile steering wheel and gear selector is optional on the GTSR Maloo.
HSV’s engineering team have worked feverishly to squeeze every ounce of potential out of the 6.2 litre Supercharged LSA Generation IV Alloy V8 that powers the GTSR Maloo.
The adoption of a new, hi-flow performance air filter sees maximum power output increase to 435kW, making this the most powerful LSA V8 engine HSV has ever offered.
As with the “30 Years” range, the bi-modal exhaust system fitted to the three GTSR models has been calibrated to open earlier in the “rev” range, rounding off the significant powertrain story.
The GTSR Maloo will also be fitted with performance features signature to the HSV range including Torque Vectoring, Enhanced Driver Interface and a Driver Preference Dial to moderate key electronic vehicle systems including Traction Control, Launch Control, Torque Vectoring, Bi-Modal Exhaust and Electric Power Steering.
Three new colours will be available – “Spitfire”, a vibrant green, “Son of a Gun”, a gunmetal grey and “Light My Fire”, a metallic, burnt orange. A tailored, high-quality car cover will also be available with all GTSR models.
Said HSV’s Managing Director, Tim Jackson, of the company’s MY17 product plans, “Our goal with this program was quite simple – ensure the last range of vehicles we created on the Zeta platform reflected the spirit and passion that has driven our organisation and our customers for nearly 30 years.”
“We wanted to deliver our best- ever product, and credit to the team, I believe we have done just that,” said Jackson.
The company confirmed that production of its “30 Years” range had recently commenced, while first build of the much-anticipated GTSR range will occur in Ap