|This article relies on references to primary sources. (April 2007)|
HSV GTS (E Series 3)
|Manufacturer||Holden Special Vehicles|
|Also called||Vauxhall VXR8 (2011-)|
|Assembly||Clayton, Victoria, Australia|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door sedan|
|Related||HSV GTS 300 Coupé|
The HSV GTS is an Australian high performance luxury sedan, produced by Holden Special Vehicles. The GTS was introduced in 1992, based on the Holden VP Commodore series, and has been offered as part of HSV adaptations of each Commodore range since. The original driveline was a Holden 308 fuel injected engine that was factory stroked with Harrop Engineering internal into 355C.I. Engine. In 2000 afundemental change saw the deletion of the 308 'Australian' V8 engine, and the introduction of Chevy Callaway C4B 5.7ltr Gen 3 engine with a 6speed manual t56 transmission. Later models of the GTS have progress to a 6.2litre Gen 5 Engine, with the latest offering from HSV being the f Series GTS with 420KW Supercharged 6.2 litre GEN 5 chevy engine.
Series 1 VT GTS 413 Produced 229 Manual. rest Auto Series 2 VT GTS 100 Produced
Series 1 VX GTS 112 Produced Series 2 VX SV300 (rebadged GTS)
Special Order only less than 100 Produced
E Series GTS
The fundamental underpinnings are based on the mainstream Holden Commodore models of the same years. The car is powered by GM's 6.2 litre LS3 V8 engine, with a maximum power output of 442 PS (325 kW). Buyers have the option of a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic transmission; the manual is capable of reaching 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.5 seconds and the automatic is capable of 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.6 seconds.
E Series 1
The GTS has usually used a more powerful engine and robust drivetrain than other HSV models, however the E-Series 1 GTS shared the 6.0L LS2 V8 engine with 412 bhp (307 kW) of power and 405 lb·ft (550 N·m) of torque, with the cheaper Clubsport and the luxury Senator. The major difference between the E-Series GTS and other HSV models in the range is the Magnetic Ride Control (MRC, or "MagneRide"). MRC utilises magnetorheological dampers to improve the car's handling and dynamics. In the GTS, the MRC can be switched between Performance and Track response modes at the touch of a button. MRC is not available on the Clubsport; it is standard equipment of the Senator, but switches between "Luxury" and "Performance", there is no "Track" mode like the GTS has.
HSV claims the braking performance of the GTS is better than some of the world's leading sports cars, including the BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS55 and Lamborghini Gallardo. The GTS can stop from 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 36 metres, only 30 centimeters shy of a Porsche 997.
E Series 2
Released in September 2009, the E Series 2 HSV GTS incorporated a more powerful motor and drivetrain than other HSV models. It retains the same GM LS3 6.2L V8 engine but while the rest of the HSV range still have 317 kW or 425 bhp, the GTS engine is rated at (325 kW). Twin bonnet scoops have returned to this model from the styling of the Pontiac G8. Other changes include the availability of launch control on manual versions, a recalibrated version of the magnetic ride control suspension with stiffer springs for the HSV GTS, wider wheels and a new high-flow dual-mode muffler system that produces a throatier roar under heavy acceleration. The E-Series 2 stability control system also has a Competition setting which allows for more wheel slip for special track or motorsport applications. The cruise control brakes the car when it is travelling downhill to ensure its speed stays within one per cent of the set speed. This model has daytime running lights.
E Series 3
The E Series 3 was announced in September 2010. It carried the same motor and drivetrain as before, and only minor changes to the exterior. In this series HSV focused on changes to the interior of the car as well as major upgrades to the computer systems and a new electronic interface called the HSV Enhanced Driver Interface. External changes included the shock wave exhaust tips and grilles and new HID Xenon adaptive projector headlamps. The control panel changes included a new 'Oracle Dash' with upgraded trip computer, tire pressure monitors and fuel statistics; the center console was reworked, introducing the Holden touchscreen IQ system and the HSV EDI performance data logging system (similar to the Nissan GT-R), which displays real-time information on engine speed, brakes, gear shifts, g-forces on the car, steering angle, fuel economy, stability control, Magnetic Ride Control suspension, car dynamics, Bi-Modal Exhaust, battery voltage, oil pressure, power, torque, elevation, exhaust pressure, intake manifold pressure and air intake temp. The system includes preloaded race track locations, stop watches and track maps, satellite navigation, digital radio, Bluetooth, optional DVD player and ability to download data onto a PC using the Motech i2 software. The E Series 3 introduced (SBZA) Side Blind Zone Alert which uses ultrasonic sensors to alert drivers of traffic obstructions in blind spots. Using the HSV EDI the driver can customize operation of the car by for example turning off stability control and controlling the Bi-Modal Exhaust. The E Series 3 offered the option of HSV LPI (Liquid Propane Injection), an LPG Autogas system which allows the use of liquid propane as an alternative fuel. The LPI is controlled by the car's ECU and seamlessly changes from petrol to LPG when the engine has reached optimum temperature (when maximum engine power is required, the system automatically switches back to petrol).
The Current GTS produces 430KW and is powered by a Supercharged 6.2l V8 engine.
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