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30 Years of HSV

30 Years of HSV

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28. GEN-F GTS (2013)

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In May of 2013, HSV announced the introduction of the fastest, most powerful performance production car ever built in Australia, confirming full details of the ground-breaking GTS to be powered by a 6.2 litre LSA supercharged V8 that delivered 430 kilowatts of power and 740 Newton-metres of torque.

With such a powerful engine came the requirement for a raft of unique componentry including:

• Eaton 4 lobe rotors, 9psi boost, 1.9 litres of air per revolution
• Stand-alone water to air charge-air cooling system
• Stand-alone transmission and differential cooling system
• Water to oil engine oil cooling system
• Bi-Modal air intake system
• Hi-flow exhaust system with cross-pipe intermediate and Bi-Modal mufflers
• Hi-flow exhaust manifold and catalytic converters
• Unique rear suspension module with 9.9“ differential, upgraded drive and prop shafts

GTS’ braking capacity was dramatically increased with AP radical forged 6-piston brake calipers with two-piece rotors front and rear fitted as standard equipment. Combined with increased brake rotor diameters, the calipers, forged from 6061 T6 aluminium, offering a vastly improved strength-to-weight ratio and delivering noticeable improvements in brake modulation and feel. Rear brake pad size was also increased by 12%.

In a first for an Australian made vehicle, the GEN-F GTS was fitted with brake Torque Vectoring. At the time only fitted to a few exclusive global marques, HSV’s brake Torque Vectoring helped 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 detected the understeer event, applied braking to the inside rear wheel and transferred torque to the outside rear wheel.

The vehicle also received third generation Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) featuring three independent settings – Touring, Sport and Track. Hardware and software improvements combined to deliver greater body control, sharper handling and significant improvements in ride quality over the E3 model.

To assist the driver in manipulating the various electronic vehicle performance systems at his disposal, HSV introduced a Driver Preference Dial. Located conveniently behind the gear shifter, the Driver Preference Dial adjusted the vehicle’s ESC, Traction Control, Launch Control (manual transmission), Torque Vectoring, Electric Power Steering (another new addition to the GEN-F range), MRC and Bi-Modal Exhaust, according to four distinct pre-set modes – Touring, Sport, Performance and Track. In doing so, the vehicle’s handling characteristics instantly changed.

A new front-end design featured bold graphics and shallow ramp angles that emphasised width and stance. Central to the new look was a “twin-nostril” grille and an all-new fascia, unique to the GTS, that helped deliver both an aggressive look and the air intake surface area required to cool the powertrain.

The vehicle also featured new light-weight 20” “Blade” forged alloy wheels finished in Satin Graphite which were wrapped in Continental 255/35 R20 (front) and 275/35 R20 (rear) tyres. The wider front tyres delivered improved grip while the higher tyre walls contributed to a noticeable improvement in ride comfort.

The rear of the GEN-F GTS received just as significant a make-over as the front end while an all-new interior signalled a new era for HSV.

GEN-F GTS 1
GEN-F GTS 2
GEN-F GTS 3

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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