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  • 2018 Holden Colorado SportsCat by HSV

    Australia's HSV is currently studying a tuned version of the Holden Colorado pickup truck, sold here with a Chevrolet badge, to challenge Ford's Ranger Raptor that was unveiled in February. The company rolled out the Colorado SportsCat last December but the vehicle, which benefits from minor suspension and brake upgrades, is a far cry from the V-8 muscle sedans HSV built its reputation on over the past few decades. Remember, this is the company that dropped a C6 Corvette ZR1 engine into a family sedan. It turns out the Colorado SportsCat is just the first stage of HSV's development of the...

  • HSV’s final Holden Commodore-based model is a 2017 GTSR W1
    HSV builds its final Holden Commodore-based super sedan

    Australia’s semi-official tuner to Holden, HSV, has made a name for itself over the past three decades by churning out meaty muscle cars based on successive generations of rear-wheel-drive, V-8-powered Holden Commodores. All of that has come to an end, however, as HSV on Wednesday announced...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE SS
    Chevy to enter Australia with a little help from HSV

    With the end of production of rear-wheel-drive, V-8-powered Holden Commodores in October, Australian tuning firm HSV no longer has access to suitable donor vehicles to continue churning out its signature muscle sedans. But instead of going quietly into the night, HSV has struck a deal with General...

  • 2017 Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R
    Vauxhall gets final run of VXR8 super sedans from Down Under

    General Motors’ British outfit, Vauxhall, has received its last batch of VXR8 muscle sedans. The final version is the VXR8 GTSR, which is just a rebadged version of the GTSR from semi-official Holden tuner HSV. The GTSR is based on the VF-Series Holden Commodore, a version of which is sold...

  • 2017 HSV GTSR lineup
    HSV reveals last of its rear-wheel-drive Commodores

    General Motors’ Australian subsidiary Holden is set to wind up production of its rear-wheel-drive Commodore range in October. There will be a new Commodore arriving in 2018, but this will be a front-wheel-drive model twinned with the Opel Insignia Grand Sport and, perhaps most tragically, no...

  • 2017 HSV GTSR W1
    HSV reveals Corvette ZR1-powered GTSR W1 super sedan

    General Motors’ Australian unit Holden is set to end local production in October, and along with the end of production will be the demise of the rear-wheel-drive Commodore, the current version of which is sold here in high-performance trim as the Chevrolet SS. A new Commodore is coming...

  • 2016 HSV ClubSport R8 Track Edition

    As Holden’s semi-official tuner HSV gears up for the arrival in 2018 of a front-wheel-drive Commodore powered exclusively by 4- and 6-cylinder engines, the company has started a campaign to celebrate the end of the V-8 era. HSV currently has two V-8 options for its hot Commodores: a naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter LS3 and a supercharged 6.2-liter LSA. The company is now phasing out the LS3 option with a series of special edition models. They will be the last naturally-aspirated V-8 cars offered by HSV, at least as far as the Commodore is concerned. They include a Maloo R8 SV Black...

  • 2017 Opel Insignia OPC spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    Holden tuner HSV building business case for hot version of FWD-based Commodore

    Semi-official Holden tuner HSV has built its name on the back of V-8-powered rear-wheel-drive muscle cars. The company takes the stock Holden Commodore and performs various upgrades, with some of its models even sporting the 580-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 borrowed from the...

  • 2015 HSV GTS
    HSV Rumored To Revive GTS-R Badge For Rear-Drive Commodore Swan Song

    Holden is set to end production of its rear-wheel-drive Commodore range in 2017. There will be a new Commodore arriving in 2018, but this will be a front-wheel-drive-based model derived from another General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] vehicle and, perhaps most tragically, no longer with the option of...

  • 2016 HSV ClubSport R8 LSA
    Holden-tuner HSV offers supercharged LSA V-8 on most models

    With Holden recently updating its Commodore range of sedans, wagons and utes, it was only a matter of time until the automaker’s semi-official tuner HSV unleashed its own barrage of Commodore-based performance vehicles. HSV’s new range, referred to as the Gen-F2, boasts some visual...

  • 2015 HSV GTS
    Aussie Version Of Chevy SS May Get C6 Corvette ZR1’s 638-Horsepower V-8

    The Chevrolet SS muscle sedan’s Australian cousin, the Holden Commodore, already has a high-performance variant built by HSV that’s fitted with the 580-horsepower 6.2-liter LSA V-8 engine common to the fifth-gen Camaro ZL1 as well as previous Cadillac CTS-V models. The car is called the...

  • 2015 HSV ClubSport R8 25th Anniversary Edition
    Holden-Tuner HSV Unveils 25th Anniversary ClubSport R8

    The semi-official tuner to Holden, HSV, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its ClubSport nameplate with a special edition version of the latest ClubSport R8. HSV is famous for building high-performance versions of the Holden Commodore, sold here as the Chevrolet SS, and its ClubSport models...

  • 2015 HSV Senator SV

    The semi-official tuner to General Motors Company’s [NYSE:GM] Australian subsidiary Holden, HSV, has come out with a new version of its upmarket Senator Signature that dons the brand’s famous SV badging. Like all of HSV’s models, the new addition, whose official title is Senator SV, is based on the Holden Commodore sedan, which we know as the Chevrolet SS. MUST WATCH: The Bugatti Veyron Finally Sounds Like Your Brain Thinks A Quad-Turbo W-16 Should: Video Power in the Senator SV comes from the aging 6.2-liter LS3 V-8, whose output is capped at 455 horsepower and 420...

  • Chris Harris and the 2014 HSV GTS Maloo ute
    Chris Harris Heads Down Under To Drive The 580-HP HSV GTS Maloo: Video

    While on holiday in Australia, Chris Harris was kind enough to put together a quick test drive of the Holden Commodore Ute-based GTS Maloo from semi-official Holden tuner HSV. Powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V-8, the same engine fitted to the Camaro ZL1, drivers of the GTS Maloo have an...

  • Left Hand Utes HSV Maloo, 2014 SEMA show (Image via Carsguide)
    Yes, You Can Get Left-Hand-Drive Holden Utes In The U.S.

    General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] came close to importing the Holden Commodore Ute (short for utility) as a Pontiac G8 Sport Truck late last decade but was hampered by CAFE regulations and its own bankruptcy. That doesn’t mean all is lost as a number of smaller firms are independently...

  • HSV GTS Maloo
    HSV GTS Maloo Is The Aussie Sport Truck You’ve Always Wanted: Forbidden Fruit Video

    If you’re like us, you’re completely down with the automotive reverse mullet: party in the front, business in the back. That’s exactly what the HSV GTS Maloo is, and it’s amazing. Sadly, it’s only available in Australia and New Zealand. MUST SEE: Chrome Lamborghini...

  • 2013 HSV Maloo R8
    HSV Planning World’s Fastest ‘Truck’

    Back in 2006, Holden’s official tuner HSV set the Guinness World Record for the fastest production pickup/utility with its Maloo R8. The car-based utility, essentially a two-door Holden Commodore with a tray out the back, hit a top speed of 168.66 mph (271.44 kmh). That was enough to take the...

  • 2014 HSV ClubSport R8
    Holden Tuner HSV Eyes Chevy Models, Mulls U.S. Expansion

    With the demise of Holden production in Australia, the brand’s in-house tuner Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) is looking to expand its business in other markets, and one of those could be the United States. For those unfamiliar with HSV, it’s a builder of V-8-powered sedans, wagons and...

  • VF Holden Commodore SS-V and HSV Gen-F fitted with Walkinshaw Performance supercharger upgrade

    Not long ago, we brought you details on Walkinshaw Performance’s new W375 kit for the HSV’s Gen-F range of muscle sedans, which focused on naturally aspirated power. Walkinshaw is now back with two new supercharged kits for the HSVs as well as the regular Holden Commodore SS-V, to be sold here as the 2014 Chevrolet SS, and this time the power levels rate as high as 667 horsepower. The first kit, the W457, is designed for the Commodore SS-V, which in standard tune generates just 362 horsepower from its 6.0-liter V-8. With Walkinshaw’s supercharger kit installed, output now...

  • Walkinshaw Performance W375 Package for HSV’s Gen F range
    Walkinshaw Performance Launches 502-HP Upgrade For Gen F HSVs

    If a rear-wheel-drive sports sedan powered by a LS3 V-8 isn’t enough to get your heart rate pulsing, Walkinshaw Performance’s new W375 Package should do the job. Walkinshaw Performance is a spinoff of famed performance group TWR which was formed by the late Tom Walkinshaw and went...

  • 2013 HSV GTS commercial
    HSV shuns the fun police in new ad for 580-horsepower GTS sedan

    HSV, official tuner to Holden in Australia, has released its first television advertisement for its new flagship, the 2013 GTS sedan. The car sits atop the latest Gen-F range of high-powered sedans, utes and wagons and comes to the market with a supercharged LSA V-8 engine delivering 580 horsepower...

  • 2013 HSV GTS
    Supercharged LSA-powered Commodore heads to UK, is the US next?

    You’re looking at the latest flagship from Holden tuner HSV, the 2013 GTS super sedan, which is based on the Australian VF-series Holden Commodore that’s due to go on sale later this year in U.S. showrooms as the 2014 Chevrolet SS. The GTS, which packs a supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V-8...

  • 2013 HSV GTS
    HSV Gen-F Range Of High-Powered Holdens Debuts: Video

    You’re looking at the new Gen-F range of high-powered sedans, utes and wagons from HSV, the official tuner to Holden in Australia. The Gen-F range is based on Holden’s latest VF Commodore but receives a series of unique performance upgrades and styling enhancements. HSVs are known for...

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s HSV-trimmed 2009 Pontiac G8 - Image: Drive
    Meet Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s HSV-Trimmed Pontiac G8

    Racing star Dale Earnhardt Jr. has to drive a Chevrolet SS-based race car in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series as part of his contract terms with Hendrick Motorsports, but it’s interesting to see that one of his personal rides off the track is the car that precedes the SS, the Pontiac G8...

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