Holden: New ZR1-Powered 635HP “W1” Model Headlines 2017 HSV GTSR Range

What better way to send off the GEN-F2 Commodore than with a track-focused 635 HP (644 PS) Corvette ZR1-powered flagship HSV version?

It seems that HSV (Holden Special Vehicles) tends to live up to its name quite often, and the 2017 GTSR range seems to be as special as vehicles tend to get Down Under.

Spearheading this 2017 three-headed monster is the new GTSR W1 model, powered by GM-sourced 6.2-liter LS9 supercharged V8, good for 474 kW (635 HP) and a massive 815 Nm (601 lb-ft) of torque. All that muscle is being put to use with the help of a 6-speed manual gearbox, designed specifically to optimize track performance.

Grip is facilitated by the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R track tires, wrapped around a set of 20″ SV Panorama forged alloy wheels, finished in Matte Black. Also, HSV will build just 300 W1 models, each carrying a price tag of $169,990 AUD (roughly $129,000).

Speaking of specs, buyers will be able to enjoy unique W1 ID plates along with W1 badging on the key fob, sill plates and headrests. Other features include the 8-way electrically adjustable HSV Podium front seats finished in Alcantara, as well as the Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and gear lever.

On the road, or the track to be more precise, the GTSR W1’s supercharged LS9 engine is aided by the specially calibrated bi-modal twin exhaust system as well as the SupaShock suspension system and forged 6-piston AP Racing monoblock calipers (with 410 mm front rotors). According to HSV, the GTSR W1 is their official “road-legal race-car” and judging by its specs, both outside and in, we certainly have no reason to doubt its performance prowess.

The regular 2017 GTSR on the other hand, while still formidable, has a little less power at 435 kW (583 HP) and 740 Nm (545 lb-ft) of torque coming from its 6.2-liter supercharged LSA Generation IV alloy V8. It’s also available with either the same Tremec TR-6060 6-speed manual gearbox that you get in the W1, or an optional 6-speed automatic transmission with Active Select and paddle shifters.

Other performance features include Magnetic Ride Control, ESC, Traction Control, Torque Vectoring and Launch Control (for the manual versions), while the interior benefits from a mixture of Alcantara and leather surfaces to “enhance the driver’s connection to the car.” HSV is asking $109,490 AUD ($82,900) for this one.

As for the Maloo version, it shares the same aggressive front fascia, winder front fenders and 20″ SV Panorama forged alloys with its GTSR sedan siblings, while also retaining the title of “Australia’s ultimate workhorse”. It produces the same 435 kW (583 HP) and 740 Nm (545 lb-ft) of torque as the GTSR sedan, and it’s also available with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. Prices for the Maloo will start at $96,990 AUD ($73,500).




  • True brute goodbye…

  • Tumbi Mtika

    What a way to go.

  • Charlie Medina’s Smiling Coach

    3 more vulgar boganmobiles before the dinosaurs finally die off.

    • Kaisuke971

      Your comment is what’s wrong with the world. Ok these cars pollute a lot and blah blah blah but really, do you have to call names and all that ? Jeez !

  • Matt

    HSV once again tried a bit too hard with the re-styling and it looks a bit overwrought, especially the rear bumper. Still, extremely impressive upgrades and should have Holden fans drooling.

  • Blade t

    Damn expensive

  • Jim Jones ©

    When an imported taxed to the heavens C63 AMG is cheaper than a Holden Commodore you understand why car production in Australia has closed down, because NOBODY is going to pass over the AMG or a GTR or an M3 to pay the extra bucks for a Holden.

    • GeoBW

      You do know this is the last Australian based HSV car ever made, that is not only the most powerful car we have ever built, but the most powerful 4 door sedan ‘in the world’ to quote Jeremy (Wheels March 2017) the next 4 are all V12’s after the W12 Flying Spur at 467kW

      • GeoBW

        Oh, and it goes round corners – read Supercar’s Luke Youlden’s reviews – rather well, in fact way better than it lays down 0 to 100 … small problem with 815 torques …

  • Jimmy

    It would be worth the price tag if it had 1000hp and was awd But I’d rather spend the money on a real muscle car and get a lot more horsepower out of it I think holden should of closed down after the WB statesman they have made poor quality overpriced cars ever since then.

    • Vassilis

      You obviously don’t understand HSVs. AWD isn’t their thing.

  • eb110americana

    So long sweet prince of darkness…

  • Vassilis

    Holy f*cking shit I love this.

  • GeoBW

    As a lover of Italian exotics, I was in two minds about this car until I read this review – http://www.motoring.com.au/supercar-match-up-hsv-gtsr-w1-v-bmw-m6-107032/ – by Supercar driver Luke Youlden comparing his race car and a $292,000 M6 with the W1 – both around the track and on the road. After giving the trophy to the W1 on both counts, I was intrigued to read words that I would normally associate with European motoring royalty like: “What was really surprising was that I expected the W1 to be a bit of a monster, difficult to drive and perhaps a car only a pro could get the best out of. In fact, it was quite the opposite – very easy to drive, confidence inspiring, extremely well balanced and not at all nervous.” I think Australian motoring could not go out with more of a bang … pop and crackle on the overrun!

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