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HSV’s E-Series range will be launched next month, but a new 500hp GTS is a year away

Discussion in 'News/Updates' started by Darren, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. Darren

    Darren Administrator Staff Member

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    Holden Special Vehicles’ redesigned E-Series range – based on Holden’s billion-dollar VE Commodore and to be publicly revealed on August 21 before going on sale in September – will not include the popular Monaro-based GTO Coupe model, nor a flagship GTS.

    Instead, the all-new HSV range will offer an even more powerful 6.0-litre V8 mated for the first time to a six-speed automatic transmission, an unprecedented level of refinement and exclusive new features – all housed in new-from-the-ground-up short- and long-wheelbase sedan models.

    While the new six-speed self-shifter with manual-shift mode spells the end of HSV’s archaic GM 4L65E four-speed auto, the six-speed T56 Tremec manual will continue.

    Performance figures remain a closely guarded secret until launch and will need to rise to provide a sufficient output gains over the VE Commodore’s standard 270kW Gen IV 6.0-litre V8 – the most powerful production engine in Holden’s history.

    GoAuto sources indicate peak power and torque figures will increase to around 310kW/540Nm from the 297kW/530Nm offered currently by the VZ Commodore-based Z-Series sedan range, which introduced the LS2 V8 directly from Chevrolet’s C6 Corvette in the US.

    While the E-Series line-up will include ClubSport, Senator, Senator Signature and the long-wheelbase Grange sedan variants (alongside the VZ-based Maloo, the ClubSport R8, SV6000, Coupe4 sedan and GTO Coupe variants will be discontinued), HSV’s trademark GTS nameplate is not expected to return to showrooms for at least 12 months.

    It will be attached to a VE Commodore-based four-door that is likely to be powered by a version of the bullocking 377kW/637Nm 7.0-litre LS7 V8 introduced Stateside in the flagship Corvette Z06. Expect high exclusivity and a pricetag well beyond $100,000.

    "We’ve put more of our unique content on the cars like the long-wheelbase cars, but when you see what HSV has done – they’ve taken it to the next level," Holden chairman Denny Mooney told GoAuto at the VE Commodore reveal on Sunday. "I’m really excited about those products. I’m excited about what they can do with their brand."

    That unique content is expected to be headlined by the same Delphi-developed electro-magnetic Magneride suspension system introduced by General Motors for its Corvette.Magenride is expected to deliver a new level of ride/handling performance for HSV by comprising damper fluid containing particles that react in an instant to different electro-magnetic fields, thereby altering the fluid’s viscosity and the shock absorber’s characteristics.

    Expect HSV to leverage the VE Commodore V8’s twin dual-exhaust outlets and V-series cars’ front quarter venting via aggressive sports bodykits that highlight the new sedan’s coupe-like roofline, rising shoulder line and short overhangs.

    Source - GoAuto web page
     
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    Hehe sweet. Bye bye FPV!
    The new LS3 is succeeding the LS2 in next years GM vehicles so expect the LS3 to debut across the HSV range in the VE series 2 :yeah:
     
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    sweet, now all i gotta do is rob a bank................
     
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    haha^^ leave some for the rest of us!!
     
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    did anyone else feel all funny inside when they read the bit about the LS7?...that is going to be sweet (knock knock, dont wanna jinx it)
     
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    I vote that the GTS should get the LS9 instead. If its good enough for the next Corvette, its good enough for our GTS in my opinion!
     
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    377Kw... thats almost insane for an aussie bred sedan!
     
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    my boss got to see the HSV's today at the dealer launch, can't wait for him to come back so i can pick his brains!!!
     
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    Scotty_Doesn't_Know Don't Tell Scotty...

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    I was just down a my local holden dealers they got my on computer to call days before the VE's arrive, I was told they have a plan in place to get at-least 1 into every holden dealers by mid august, One of the dealers is doing a test drive of the VE range in a couple of days, You should have seen his smile like a cat that was offered a year supply of mouses:D.
    He said sale date is 1st September.
     
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    fk yeh. cant wait. want one NOW!!!!!!!!
     
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    lol if they get anymore powerful they are going to have to attach wings to the sides

    p.s our holden dealership have the new ve range already
     
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    im helping a bloke make a full on body kit for his ve shall be interesting project ill sneek some pics wen she starts.
     
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    all the dealers ive seen around have 2 or 3 cars all covered up, sometimes i feel like going in and lifting the covers, theyre even in the showroom
     
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    lol i had to help one of the workshop guys to clean a ve sv6 last week :yeah: :w00t:
     
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    did u get 2 take it 4 a drive?
     
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