2017 HSV GTSR: Classic name revived for Commodore swansong

The HSV GTSR, available as a sedan or ute, will help send the last rear-wheel drive Commodore range out in style with wider front fenders and more V8 power.


The GTSR has a new K&N performance air filter, taking power from the LSA Gen IV 6.2-litre supercharged V8 to 435kW (583hp). Power goes to the the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic, and a standard torque vectoring system.

Visually, the GTSR doesn’t feature the VS Commodore’s massive rear wing, although there’s quad exhausts and an aggressive bumper.

But you won’t confuse the GTSR for lesser Commodores as it has a unique front fascia with a new front splitter, daytime running lights, and more aggressively styled air intakes. There’s also 12mm (0.5-in) wider front fenders with horizontal fender vents.

The GTSR rides on Magnetic Ride Control suspension, and new 20-inch SV Panorama wheels with Continental ContiSportContact 5P. Stopping power comes from a new AP Racing 6-piston braking setup with 410mm discs up front.

There’s also a bi-modal exhaust, and driver preference settings for the traction control, launch control, torque vectoring, exhaust and electric power steering.

There are three exclusive colours available: vibrant Spitfire green, Son of a Gun gunmetal grey, and Light My Fire metallic orange.

Production of the HSV GTSR begins in April, with the GTSR Maloo ute starting at A$96,990 (US$75,000), and the GTSR sedan beginning at A$109,490 (US$84,700).



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