Last outing in a final prohibited Holden
BEING followed into use stations and approached by strangers would routinely be haughtiness wracking in such an costly car. But we shortly get used to it in HSV’s GTSR W1 — a $170,000 Holden.
Everyone wants to get a closer demeanour during a fastest, many absolute and priciest automobile Australia has ever built.
“Mate, is that unequivocally a W1? I’d never suspicion I’d see one,” says HSV owners Mitch Miller (bottom right), a farmhand from Temora, when he spots us during a use hire on a Hume Highway nearby Yass.
“I usually figured many of these would get sealed adult and no one would expostulate them.”
As with many Holden diehards opposite Australia, Miller bought his V8 sedan “before it was too late”.
“I had a LandCruiser before this, and that’s some-more unsentimental for what we do, though we usually had to buy one before we don’t have a automobile attention anymore.”
We’re not certain if he’s justifying this to us or partner Mandy Turner.
He’s not alone. Holden has all though solitary out of a V8s as a shutdown of a Commodore public line in Elizabeth South Australia looms on Oct 20.
The 2018 Commodore will have four-cylinder or V6 energy — and no V8.
The W1 is no typical Holden. It has a race-bred supercharged V8, a biggest brakes propitious to a internal prolongation automobile and a widest, stickiest tyres.
We’re creation a nauseating journey, pushing from HSV domicile in Melbourne, to Sydney around Canberra — that many automobile enthusiasts censure for murdering a internal automobile attention — with a highway to Bathurst’s Mount Panorama, a mecca of Australian motorsport.
It was there that Holden and Ford built their reputations given a 1960s.
Heading north on a Hume Highway, we pass a procession of trucks carrying Australian-made Toyota Camry sedans. They’ll be left too, soon. Toyota shuts a Altona trickery dual weeks and 3 days before Holden. Camrys will be alien from Japan.
The Yass fuel stop is a initial sign this is not your normal V8, slurping 13L/100km during cruising speeds — about 30 per cent some-more than other V8s and twice as parched as a tiny car, not that buyers will care.
That’s a trade-off for fuelling a many manageable engine to be propitious underneath an Australian bonnet. Floor a stifle and a empty sounds honestly like a V8 Supercar.
The acceleration is mind-boggling for what is roughly a two-tonne sedan.
We compare HSV’s explain of
0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds, nonetheless it takes several attempts to get a launch right on comfortable tyres.
The race-ready “semi slick” rubber, good in a dry, can be dicey in a wet. But it’s these tyres and a race-tuned cessation that award a W1’s steering with a reflexes of a lighter and smaller prohibited hatch.
Incredibly, it’s not bone-jarring over bumps.
It’s apparent on a tour Australia has altered a lot given Holden and Ford accounted for half a cars on a roads. Now, fewer than one in 10 new cars solitary is a Holden or a Ford.
Country towns have boarded adult shops. Small petrol stations have disappeared, withdrawal usually petrify plinths where bowsers once stood.
We do a mystic path of Parliament House in Canberra and contemplate what competence have been if, in Dec 2013, afterwards treasurer Joe Hockey had not goaded General Motors into shutting down Holden’s bureau with his barbarous “either you’re here or you’re not” speech.
Spooked, Holden announced a shutdown a subsequent day, triggering Toyota to close a factory, and with it an whole industry.
Taxpayers had sloping some-more than $2 billion into Holden over a past 10 years alone. And still it struggled to make a profit.
On a approach out of Canberra we’re stopped for a pointless exhale test. Despite pushing Fords, a boys in blue are admiring a W1 — and are as unhappy as we are about a detriment of a best labelled opening sedans in a world.
Police departments opposite a nation are still grappling with what will reinstate their highway unit cars.
We wander over a Great Dividing Range afterwards conduct to Bathurst, for decades a finish for highway tests of critical new Holden and Ford models and, now, a final of their breed.
Our solitary mystic path of a towering is during a 60km/h speed limit. The sound of a supercharged LS9 V8 and a loudest empty we’ve ever listened on an Aussie automobile echoing off a petrify walls make a outing worthwhile.
With churned emotions, we contemplate since Holden Special Vehicles saved a best until last. Would some-more cars like this have saved a industry?
Sadly not. Cars like this existed because, historically, fleets and families bought so many of a unchanging models.
Those cars were a vacant board for a Holden and Ford fast-car divisions.
But that all came to an finish as a tastes changed to tiny cars, SUVs and utes.
Soon, cars like this will be left forever. RIP Australian automobile industry.
HOLDEN Special Vehicles is building usually 295 examples of a GTSR W1 sedan — it could get a hands on usually that many engines.
It’s also offered a 5 or so growth vehicles to those in a know, that is since we also see a figure of 300 cars reported.
The “LS9” supercharged 6.2-litre V8 comes from what was during a time a fastest Chevrolet Corvette. It’s commissioned by palm during HSV in Clayton, Victoria, after a automobile is shipped from Elizabeth, SA, with a “LSA” supercharged
6.2-litre V8. In other words, HSV removes a ideally good supercharged engine (it was a many absolute Aussie automobile in 2013) and replaces it with another one.
HSV claims a 0-100km/h time of 4.2 seconds for a W1, creation it a fastest accelerating automobile ever built in Australia. Using satellite timing equipment, we stopped a time during … 4.2 seconds! First rigging runs out during 98.5km/h since a rigging ratios were designed for a quick 0-60mph time for a Corvette in a US.
HSV GTSR W1
$170,000 and on-roads
ENGINE 6.2-litre V8
6-speed man; RWD
4.2 seconds (as tested)
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