Sadly, there’s no extra power on board, so HSV’s GTS range-topper is still several horsepower shy of the output of closest rival, Ford’s FPV GT. Power in the GTS comes from a 6.2-liter V-8 rated at 435 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque.
This engine can be matched to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic, and when in launch control mode (only available with the manual) the engine will accelerate the big sedan from 0-60 mph in around 5.0 seconds.
Other performance features include an active exhaust, a track mode for the electronic stability control, massive six-piston brakes front and rear, 20-inch forged alloy wheels and magnetic ride control adjustable suspension. With any luck, some of these performance specs will feature on the upcoming 2014 Chevrolet SS, which like the previous Pontiac G8 will also be based on the Aussie Holden Commodore sedan. We just hope some of the garish styling elements remain Down Under.
Inside, owners will find leather-trimmed seats with “25th Anniversary” logos, as well as a unique dash-mounted plaque, central monitor and reversing camera system, a blind spot warning system and six airbags.
Production will be limited to just 140 units, all for the Aussie and New Zealand markets, and pricing is set to start at $84,990 (approximately $87,470).