With auto factories set to close up shop on the Australian continent, we’re witnessing the end of an era – but at least there will be models such as the 2017 HSV GTSR W1 to remember.
HSV is almost synonymous with Australian performance cars, as they opened shop back in 1988 with the VL Walkinshaw, though they are seemingly running out of models to tune once the Holden brand is closing local assembly. To go out with a bang, the Commodore VF Series II-based Gen-F2s swan song might be the GTSR W1 – nicknamed as a “road-legal race car”, but we’re also looking at it from the perspective of a four-door Chevy Corvette ZR1. This is because the motivation is provided by the LS9 V8 seen inside the ZR1 from 2009 to 2013 – a 6.2-liter engine with an Eaton supercharger, capable of 636 hp at 6,500 rpm and 815 Nm (601 lb-ft) from 3,900 rpm.
The model range will only be offered with the Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission and the rear-wheel-drive four-door sedan will catch 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.2 seconds with the quarter mile in 12.1 seconds. There’s also the ute conversion available as well, and all models pack a fixed-rate suspension from SupaShock, Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires (265/35 up front, 295/30 at the rear), 6-piston calipers and 2-piece discs, as well as torque vectoring – all making up the most extreme HSV builds ever. The range encompasses the GTSR, GTSR Maloo and the hardcore GTSR W1.