2013 Holden Special Vehicles Gen-F GTS

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Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) announced today the first details on the Gen-F lineup, which it has dubbed "the greatest performance production cars ever built in Australia." The new Gen-F lineup will include five different vehicles: Maloo, Clubsport /Clubsport Tourer, Senator Signature and the range-topping GTS.

The new Gen-F lineup received a more sophisticated, modern and integrated design, with the GTS version being distinguished by updated bumpers, a larger super-flow performance spoiler finished in body color with “Pitch Black” accenting and 20-inch forged-alloy wheels in Satin Graphite.

Holden is also offering an all-new premium interior with new seats and fabrics, instrument panel, cluster, gauges, center console, trims and finishes. The GTS version if offering tons of standard features, like its 9-speaker Bose premium audio system that includes: an 8-inch high-resolution, color touch-screen display; a USB input; single CD player with MP3 compatibility; hard-drive storage; and full iPod integration.

Click past the jump to read more about the HSV GTS.

Exterior

Holden Special Vehicles Gen-F GTS

To say the least, the Gen-F GTS is a muscle car with a real identity crisis, as it has the outward qualities of a true muscle car but the convenience of a four-door sedan.

When compared to the other models in the Gen-F lineup, the GTS version is distinguished by an HSV Performance body kit with special side skirts, a super-flow performance spoiler finished in body color with “Pitch Black” accenting, and fender vents and side mirrors in “Pitch Black” accenting.

The model is also equipped with daytime running lamps (DRL) to go along with headlights and taillights with LED technology.

On the corners, the HSV Gen-F GTS features “Satin Graphite” colored “Blade” forged-alloy rollers sized 20-by-8 inches up front and 20-by-9.5 inches on the rear.

Standard Exterior Features:

  • 20" x 8.5" (front) and 20" x 9.5" (rear) “Blade” forged alloy wheels in Satin Graphite
  • HSV LED Tail Lamps
  • Dual function Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs)
  • Projector headlamps
  • HSV Quad exhaust outlets with Shadow Chrome tips
  • HSV Performance Body Design
  • Fender vents and side mirrors with Pitch Black accenting
  • HSV side-skirts
  • HSV Super-flow Performance Spoiler

Optional Exterior Features:

  • 20-by-8.5-inch (front) and 20-by-9.5-inch (rear) SV Performance wheels in Satin Graphite
  • Electric sunroof with tilt and slide functions and sunshade
  • 20-inch temporary spare wheel
  • HSV Lo-line spoiler in Satin Graphite

Interior

Holden Special Vehicles Gen-F GTS

HSV performed some intensive work on the interior where it added new sport seats that hold you in a tight embrace when taking corners at high speed – something you’ll likely find yourself doing quite often. Not only are these seats grippy, but they are also wrapped up in Onyx leather for added comfort and feature heaters to keep you warm on cooler evenings. Also new on the Gen-F GTS are the fabrics, instrument panel, cluster, gauges, center console, trim work and finishes.

for those that like a sound track, HSV installed a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system that includes an 8-inch high-resolution, color touch-screen display, iPod integration, MP3 playback capabilities and Bluetooth.

Standard Interior Features:

  • Driver Preference Dial
  • HSV Performance Seats in Onyx Leather Trim
  • 8-way electric adjustment of driver and front passenger seat
  • Front seat heaters
  • Multifunction, leather wrap sports profile steering wheel with height and reach adjust
  • HSV Sports Twin gauges displaying oil pressure and boost pressure
  • Centre console GTS I.D. plate
  • Leather wrap gear selector
  • Alloy faced pedals
  • Premium BOSE audio with 9 speakers
  • Enhanced Driver Interface (EDI)
  • Dual Zone Climate Control

Standard Safety Features:

  • Side Blind Zone Alert system
  • Head-Up Display
  • Enhanced Driver Interface (EDI)
  • Passive entry and remote start
  • Automatic Park Assist system
  • Forward collision alert

Optional Interior Features:

  • HSV Performance leather seats in "Red Hot" trim, with eight-way power front seats

Drivetrain

Holden Special Vehicles Gen-F GTS

The GTS version is powered by a 6.2-liter Supercharged LSA V-8 engine that delivers a total of 430 kW (576 horsepower) and 740 Nm (545 pound-feet) of torque. To help keep this powerful engine cool, HSV installed a stacked-plate oil cooler and applied 130,000 square-mm of frontal air-intake area. Keeping the supercharger’s pressurized air cool it a water-to-air intercooler.

The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Active Select and a specially developed set of tail shafts were installed to help deal with the engine’s massive torque.

Finally, launch control helps you rocket the GTS to 60 mph or down a 1/4-mile track as quickly as possible.

Suspension and Brakes

Holden Special Vehicles Gen-F GTS

In addition to the new Gen-F GTS’ standard 20-inch "Blade" forged-alloy wheels wrapped in Continental tires, HSV also installed its new Generation 3 MRC suspension system developed in conjunction with Bosch. This system features three independent settings for optimal handling in various conditions and dual-coil pistons for fast response times. Electric power steering with two modes and a standard Competition Mode ESC help the GTS navigate the twist more effectively.

Additionally, a Torque Vectoring system combines with the electronic stability control to help correct understeer by shifting torque to the outside wheel during hard cornering.

Helping bring the sedan to a halt are AP cross-drilled, two-piece discs on all four wheels. Putting the squeeze to the front discs are forged six-piston front calipers.

Prices

Prices for the new HSV Gen-F GTS will be announced at a later date.

Competition

FPV Falcon GT

FPV launches first-ever supercharged GT

Holden is not the only automaker with a special Performance division on the Australian market. Ford is also having the Ford Performance Vehicles which is developing the Falcon GT.

It’s true this is not as powerful as the GTS, but still, when it comes to looks and driving dynamics, the GT has a few advantages.

Falcon GT is powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 450 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.

Vauxhall VXR8

Vauxhall VXR8

While not offered on the Australian market, the VXR8 is the European alternative for those who cannot order the GTS. It is powered by a 6.2-liter LS3 unit that delivers a total of 431 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. This is just enough to sprint the VXR8 from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and to hit a limited top speed of 155 mph.

Conclusion

The GTS is the most powerful version offered by HSV and with all the updates offered by the new Gen-F version it announces to be quite a challenge for the competition.

LOVE IT
  • Improved look
  • More powerful engine
  • Update interior and new technologies
LEAVE IT
  • No prices
  • No version for the American market

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