Holden Special Vehicles revealed the W427on July 23rd, 2008. Production of the car began immediately after its unveiling at Holden’s Clayton based facility. Sales of the seven-liter, 375kW ‘Supercar’ began in dealerships around Australia shortly thereafter. The car was limited to only 427 units, with all 80 2008 models pre-sold for $155,500, plus on road costs. The W427 is powered by a 7.0-liter, LS7, V-8 engine that had specific tuning by HSV to deliver 502 horsepower. The engine was mated to a 6-speed, manual, TR6060 high strength transmission.
It features: Front Driving lamps, Projector headlamps, 3 piece rear spoiler in carbon fibre, Unique W427 front fascia, Quad exhaust outlet with active bi-modal rear mufflers and Metallic Paint.
Holden Special Vehicles today announced the next steps in the seven litre W427 program, including pricing, volume and distribution strategy. Tom Walkinshaw confirmed the price of the W427 will be $150,000 ($142.000 US dollar), plus on road costs, under the current Luxury Car Tax regime.
The build volume has also been confirmed. HSV will build up to 427 W427s, with vehicles being built to order at the Clayton production facility. HSV has finalised the allocation strategy for the initial batch of cars.
Each Australian and New Zealand HSV Dealer (64 in total) will be allocated one W427, as long as they have a firm retail order. Remaining W427s will be allocated to dealers based on 2007 sales figures.
Lastly, Tom Walkinshaw confirmed the final power output figure for the W427 will be 375kW and 640NM of torque. The Holden Special Vehicles W427 will go on sale in August.
Holden Special Vehicles today unveiled a seven litre program at the Melbourne Motor Show, the last instalment of the company s 20th anniversary celebrations. The car to be known in its final development stages as the W427 is finished in the same Panorama Silver paint scheme as the original Group A SS VL Commodore, released at the Melbourne Motor Show of 1988, exactly 20 years ago.
HSV Managing Director, Scott Grant, said the W427 was a tribute to how far the company has come in just twenty years. "To be able to produce a vehicle of these proportions is truly remarkable," Scott Grant said.
"The W427 will be quite possibly the fastest road registrable Supercar ever produced in Australia and among the quickest anywhere around the world," he said. While power output figures are still to be confirmed, the W427 is likely to produce in excess of 370kW of power and 640NM of torque.