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30 Years of HSV

30 Years of HSV

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23. W427 (2008)

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On the 29th of February, 2008, HSV unveiled the seven litre W427 show car at the Melbourne Motor Show, as the final instalment of the company’s 20th Anniversary. Some 4 months later, it was confirmed that Australia’s true ‘Supercar’ would go into regular production, with build capped at 200.

Powered by the legendary LS7 7.0 litre engine, the W427 delivered an earth shattering 375kW and 640Nm of torque. Featuring an exclusive active exhaust flow management system, bold supercar styling, unique, machine faced 20” alloy wheels and fully calibrated Magnetic Ride Control (MRC), it was set to take on the world.

W427 sill plates marked your entry into Performance seats trimmed in Red Hot leather with W427 adornment. Driver and front passenger seats featured 8-way electric adjustment and the Multi-function steering wheel, gear selector and centre console arm rest were also trimmed with matching Red Hot leather. A 6.5" multi-function colour LCD screen displayed stereo, heating and air conditioning information at the touch of a button.

Form and function combined, with the large W427 air chute creating a menacing front fascia. Projector headlights and front driving lights swept all before them while a W427 carbon fibre rear spoiler was true to the racecar DNA. Unique W427 exhaust tips continued the castellated theme, introduced by former Wheels Young Designer of the Year, Adam Dean Smith, with the theme extending to W427 badging.

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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