HSV Announces MY17 Range

Published: 01 February 2017
HSV’s Model Year (MY) 2017 range will consist of eight unique models from two distinct ranges.
HSV Announces MY17 Range

Pictured: HSV’s Model Year (MY) 2017 range will consist of eight unique models from two distinct ranges.

Australia’s leading performance car manufacturer, HSV, today unveiled its 2017 product plans – the last range to be built off the locally manufactured “Zeta” platform.

HSV’s Model Year (MY) 2017 range will consist of eight unique models from two distinct ranges – a “30 Years” anniversary range celebrating the company’s 30th year in operation, and a much-speculated “GTSR” range encompassing three high-performance variants.

Range highlights include:

• The addition of exclusive “30 Years” anniversary content across the entire GEN-F2 supercharged range including ClubSport R8 LSA, ClubSport R8 Tourer LSA, Maloo R8 LSA, Senator Signature and GTS

• More power, more torque and the fitment of Torque Vectoring to ClubSport R8 LSA, ClubSport R8 Tourer LSA, Maloo R8 LSA and Senator Signature

• The introduction of a GTSR range featuring GTSR (sedan), GTSR Maloo and a very limited edition GTSR W1 – the most powerful performance production car to ever be built in this country

• The availability of four unique, 400kW+ supercharged powertrain variants including the introduction of a 6.2 litre supercharged LS9 engine to be fitted exclusively to GTSR W1.

“30 YEARS” RANGE

In celebration of its 30th year as Australia’s leading high-performance car manufacturer, ClubSport R8 LSA, ClubSport R8 Tourer LSA, Maloo R8 LSA and Senator Signature all benefit from a power and torque upgrade to 410kW / 691Nm.

Torque Vectoring, until now the sole domain of the iconic GTS, becomes standard equipment across the entire HSV “30 Years” range, further boosting the safety and technology credentials of these models.

Currently only fitted to GTS and a few exclusive global marques, HSV’s brake Torque Vectoring helps reduce understeer by generating a “rotational moment” in the rear axle when the vehicle is under power. The vehicle’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system detects the understeer event, applies braking to the inside rear wheel and transfers torque to the outside rear wheel.

The aural experience of all models in HSV’s “30 Years” range is boosted through modifications to its bi-modal exhaust system. Functionality in the chassis control module has enabled HSV engineers to recalibrate the exhaust valve control enabling it to open earlier in the “rev” range: a move sure to please all HSV enthusiasts.

In addition to these performance upgrades, all vehicles in HSV’s “30 Years” range receive exclusive “anniversary” content to mark this significant milestone, including:

• “30 Years” floor mats

• “30 Years” fender badges

• “30 Years” sill plates (exc. Maloo R8 LSA)

• “30 Years” rear window sticker (exc. ClubSport R8 Tourer LSA)

• Unique engine build plate

Styling of the “30 Years” range is also enhanced through the adoption of “matte black” accenting on the 20” alloy wheels of the GTS and the three R8 LSA models, while HSV’s stylish 20” SV Rapier forged alloy wheel, until now optional across the GEN-F2 range, becomes standard on Senator Signature, further enhancing the model’s “luxury/performance” positioning.

Also available for the first time, across the entire “30 Years” range, is a stylish, 5-spoke, 20” x 9” (front) and 20” x 10” (rear) optional SV Rimfire forged alloy wheel. Whilst ½ inch wider than the GEN-F2 range of forged alloy wheels (with the ensuing benefit of improved tyre side-wall stiffness whilst cornering), the SV Rimfire wheel is also one of the lightest wheels HSV has ever offered.

HSV’s 6-piston brake package, until now fitted exclusively to the GTS model, will be available as a production option on all models in the “30 Years” range. This AP Racing brake package features forged 6-piston brake calipers and 390mm (front) and 372mm (rear) discs.

GTSR RANGE

After much speculation, HSV is excited to announce the return to its line-up of the highly revered GTSR nameplate.

First seen on an HSV in 1996 with the introduction of the acclaimed “VS” model, HSV will offer three GTSR model variants as part of its MY17 range.

Drawing on its racing heritage, all three vehicles – GTSR (sedan), GTSR Maloo and GTSR W1 - share consistent, track-inspired styling and performance DNA.

All vehicles feature an all-new front fascia and splitter enhanced by bold new and wider front fenders that house 20” x 9” (front) and 20” x 10” (rear) SV Panorama forged alloy wheels: Hyper Dark Stainless on GTSR and GTSR Maloo and Matte Black on GTSR W1.

Complementing the muscular front fenders are unique fender vents – carbon-fibre on the GTSR W1.

A premium, AP Racing, 6-piston brake package, featuring monoblock calipers and massive 410mm (front) rotors, adorn all three GTSR models, delivering world-class stopping power.

GTSR and GTSR Maloo feature Continental ContiSportContact 5P tyres for the optimum balance between road grip and ride comfort, with the GTSR W1’s forged alloys wrapped in specially selected Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R 265/35 R20 (front) and 295/30 R20 (rear) tyres to maximise the vehicle’s track potential.

From a suspension perspective, GTSR will feature HSV’s Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) system, a semi-active suspension system which responds to road inputs and driving conditions with dampers updated every 1000th of a second to optimise ride comfort, while GTSR W1 will be fitted with all-new “SupaShock” suspension.

This track-inspired suspension system mirrors that fitted to Walkinshaw Racing’s “Supercars” - refined for on-road driving but with a tune that is undeniably track focussed.

At the rear, both GTSR and GTSR W1 feature an all-new fascia and diffuser, housing quad exhaust outlets with dual diamond tips (shadow-chrome on the GTSR W1), while the decklid features HSV’s new “Aeroflow” spoiler delivering a strong, distinctive and cohesive look. The spoiler upper is finished in carbon-fibre on GTSR W1.

GTSR Maloo also features a new wide and lower diffuser and quad exhaust outlets with dual diamond tips.

Internally, the GTSR range reflects its track heritage with all three vehicles featuring new HSV Podium seats finished in Alcantara with diamond-quilted stitching. Striking red herringbone twin-needle highlights also feature extensively through-out the cabin, while an Alcantara-wrapped, sports-profile steering wheel and gear selector are standard on GTSR W1 and optional on both GTSR and GTSR Maloo.

HSV’s engineering team have worked feverishly to squeeze every ounce of potential out of the 6.2 litre Supercharged LSA Generation IV Alloy V8 that powers both GTSR and GTSR Maloo.

The adoption of a new, hi-flow performance air filter sees maximum power output increase to 435kW, making this the most powerful LSA V8 engine HSV has ever offered.

GTSR W1 will feature the acclaimed 6.2 litre Supercharged LS9 Generation IV Alloy V8 engine as originally fitted to the 6th generation Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

Aided by its 2.3 litre supercharger, forged aluminium pistons, dry sump and carbon-fibre airbox, the LS9-powered GTSR W1 will have a maximum power output of 474kW making it the most powerful performance production car ever built in this country. Maximum torque (815Nm) places the vehicle in “V8 Supercars” class.

To optimise the potential of this powertrain, GTSR W1 will utilise a Tremec TR6060 (MH3 spec.) close-ratio, 6-speed manual gear box with a ZF SACHS twin-plate clutch. This unique transmission helps keep engine RPMs more centred around maximum power output and delivers outstanding overall shift feel with short throws and smooth gear synchronisation.

As with the “30 Years” range, the bi-modal exhaust system fitted to the three GTSR models has been calibrated to open earlier in the “rev” range, rounding off the significant powertrain story.

All three GTSR models will also be fitted with performance features signature to the HSV range including Torque Vectoring, Enhanced Driver Interface and a Driver Preference Dial to moderate key electronic vehicle systems including Traction Control, Launch Control, Torque Vectoring, Bi-Modal Exhaust and Electric Power Steering.

Three new colours will be available with HSV’s MY17 range – “Spitfire”, a vibrant green, “Son of a Gun”, a gunmetal grey and “Light My Fire”, a metallic, burnt orange. A tailored, high-quality car cover will also be available with all GTSR models.

Said HSV’s Managing Director, Tim Jackson, of the company’s MY17 product plans, “Our goal with this program was quite simple – ensure the last range of vehicles we created on the Zeta platform reflected the spirit and passion that has driven our organisation and our customers for nearly 30 years.”

“We wanted to deliver our best- ever product, and credit to the team, I believe we have done just that,” said Jackson.

The company confirmed that production of its “30 Years” range had recently commenced, while first build of the much-anticipated GTSR range will occur in April.

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