Hard-nosed Ford fans might question the FPV GT Fís absence, but as far as fi nal cracks go the XR8 Sprint tweaks the Falconís chassis to its ultimate form. And its blown 5.0-litre V8 is only 6kW shy of the GT Fís sacrosanct 351kW.
With 430kW and 740Nm, dropping GMís LSA into the GTS nose created HSVís most powerful car ever. Power isnít its only trick, though, as magnetic ride control and a torque vectoring driveline means itís the most engaging HSV ever, too.
FPVís BA-based GT was not only the return of the iconic badge but also much-needed grunt. The GTís 290kW/520Nm DOHC 5.4-litre V8 was partly developed and assembled here and gave the blue boys the berries to fi ght HSVís VY GTS.
The Commodoreís last gasp thrusted the SS closer to perfection than ever before.
By welcoming GMís 6.2-litre LS3 engine, the fl agship SS-V Redline fi nally has an engine to match its chassis, which is more fi nely tuned than ever.
Claytonís eff orts on the Monaro gave this fi ne looking coupe the attitude to match its thumping 300kW 5.7-litre V8 Ė though some said the spoiler did exactly that to its looks. It didnít spoil its speed, though, topping 267km/h in a local v-max run.
XR6 Sprint fans can thank the FG F6 for the (greatest ever?) Aussie engine. The turbo six delivered 310kW and 565Nm for supercar levels of in-gear stonk, while its balance and speed put the classic V8 in the shade to prove FPVís engineering nous.
Thereís no substitute for cubic inches, and the W427 proved it. The most expensive HSV ever carried the largest engine in an Aussie car Ė the Z06 Corvetteís 7.0-litre LS7 Ė ably assisted by the VE Commodoreís great chassis.
When Fordís Tickford boys stroked the TE50ís Windsor V8 to 5.6 litres, it fi nally had the 250kW/500Nm weapon needed to slay Gen III-powered HSVs. It scored a wild new outfi t, too, which suitably declared its thirst for Lion blood.
After Holdenís 5.0-litre V8 was axed, HSV turned to Callaway in the States for the GTSís lofty power targets. They sent us an LS1 with hand-built heads and, with 300kW/510Nm, absolutely nothing from the Blue Corner could touch it at the time.
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