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30 Years of HSV

30 Years of HSV

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18. GTS Coupe Series 2 (2003)

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One area deemed strictly ‘off limits’ during the development of VY2 GTS Coupé was the vehicle’s dynamic styling which maintained its strikingly aggressive presence on the street. Thus, exterior changes were limited to a blackout tail light treatment and a discrete GTS badge in the lower grille. GTS Coupé also received a new 19-inch wheel design from its sedan namesake.

While the exterior changes were subtle, the interior received a substantial update, the centerpiece of which was a stylish new dash layout (seen on Y Series) complete with HSV’s unique steering wheel and white ‘chameleon’ instrument cluster, including HSV logo and the vehicle’s individual build number incorporated into the Multi-Function Display. Sporting touches included race-style alloy pedals and HSV’s unique centre sports binnacle incorporating oil pressure and volt gauges.

Luxury appointments weren’t forgotten either with standard dual zone climate control air-conditioning, a Blaupunkt premium sound system with in-dash six stack CD, dual foldaway cup holders and unique to Coupé leather trim.

GTS Coupé’s raw 300kW top end performance didn’t change but recalibrations to the C4B V8 brought significantly enhanced bottom-end power delivery and overall smoothness. Automatic transmission was an option on GTS Coupé for the first time and, due to revisions and recalibrations, both automatic drivetrains offered more refined gearshifts.

Assisted by its highly rigid chassis the original Coupé boasted one of HSV’s best ever ride and handling packages but that didn’t stop HSV’s chassis engineers refining it even further for Coupé 2. A revised power steering gear calibration sets the scene by delivering greater on-centre steering feel and a more linear response to driver inputs.

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KEY MOMENTS AND MODELS IN HSV’S HISTORY

1. Concept Car Innovations

2. VL Walkinshaw (1988)

3. VN SV5000 (1989)

4. VN ClubSport (1990)

5. VG Maloo (1990)

6. VN Group A SS (1990)

7. VP GTS (1992)

8. VR GTS (1994)

9. VS GTS (1995)

10. VS GTSR (1996)

11. VSII Grange (1996)

12. VT GTS (1997)

13. VTII SV99 (1999)

14. VX ClubSport R8 (2000)

15. VX GTS (2000)

16. GTS Coupé (2001)

17. VY GTS (2002)

18. GTS Coupe Series 2 (2003)

19. Coupe4 (2004)

20. Z Series Maloo R8 (2004)

21. Z Series Signature Coupé (2006)

22. E Series GTS (2006)

23. W427 (2008)

24. E Series 2 GTS (2006)

25. 20 Years of Maloo (2010)

26. E Series 3 GTS (2011)

27. 25th Anniversary GTS (2012)

28. GEN-F GTS (2013)

29. GEN-F GTS Maloo (2014)

30. GEN-F2 ClubSport R8 LSA (2015)

31. GEN-F2 ClubSport R8 Track Edition (2016)

32. HSV Founder, Tom Walkinshaw

33. HSV Builds 75,000th Vehicle

34. HSV’s Owners Clubs

35. Car Badges Over the Journey

36. HSV Moves to Clayton

38. GEN-F Launch

39. World’s Fastest Ute

40. GEN-F2 LS3 Limited Editions

41. Ambassadors through the years

42. HSV Drive Experience program

43. HSV Television Commercials

44. 25th Anniversary ClubSport R8

45. 50,000 Strong

46. Ambassador “Driven by…” Series

47. HSV builds its 40,000th vehicle

48. E Series Launch

49. GTS Maloo

50. HSV Performance Technologies

51. Cameron Smith/Barry Ford Prank

52. GEN-F2 Launch

53. HSV Police Programs

54. 1990 Bathurst Win

55. HSV’S 25th Anniversary

56. HSV VZ goes 6.0-litre standard

57. Remembering Brocky

58. Tom Walkinshaw creates HSV

59. Early Days in Notting Hill