Phil Harding, managing director of Holden Special Vehicles, says the Australian power wars are effectively over. GoAuto has quoted Harding as saying that it's simply becoming too expensive to continue to pursue ever more engine performance thanks in part due to extensive certification, homologation, development and testing requirements. Whereas HSV was once able to extract an extra 67 horsepower from an engine with a given investment, the same outlay today will see a bump of less than 7 hp, according to Harding. The executive also said Holden has reached the upper legal limit of what's possible with LS3 engine development. In its most potent configuration, the company is pulling around 436 hp from the naturally aspirated V8. Of course, buyers can still step up to the 577-hp supercharged V8 in the HSV GTS (shown).

Meanwhile, few analysts believe Ford will step up to challenge that machine's power dominance. With Ford announcing it will stop producing vehicles in Australia after 2016 (including its long-running Falcon series), the future of high-performance models specific to the Australian market seems in doubt.


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        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        It's loud and tacky for sure, but I think that fits Australian culture. Australia is like the Hooters of developed countries.
          Robert Ryan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          In some aspects a bit more cultured than the US, living in both countries. Still Australians like their "hooning" as well
        Moreno636
        • 1 Year Ago
        Hater...
        Firefly
        • 1 Year Ago
        ...do you have a girlfriend? Because you need one. Beauty is subjective.
        Daniel D
        • 1 Year Ago
        You really need to drop the Government Motors thing. It like much of your comments, is very stale.
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      My god that is one ugly heap. Thing fell from the Pep Boys tree and hit every branch on the way down.
      Cayman
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ridiculous power numbers, but the styling screams mid-90's Pontiac to me.
      ImpulseGTO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Damn those are some bad ass cars!
      Govis
      • 1 Year Ago
      Meh, Holden's not long for this world. Doesn't look like the Australians are going to miss them that much either.
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        @Govis
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      ngiotta
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Aussie's should at least get the new 475hp Coyote that we're getting next year. That'll beat this in spades.
        Nick B
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ngiotta
        Until they put the LSA in the GTS and then it wont matter.
      anon
      • 1 Year Ago
      The do it because it\'s profitable not because it make any sense. I mean really you can make a wheeled vehicle go to about 300 mph but above that the immutable laws of physics-drag and friction take over and tears up the tires and you quickly run outta fuel, jeez just get an aircraft! GM should focus on making a new 3.5 L V8 and use the Commodore/Statesman platform more extensively in the US and elsewhere.
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Did they use duct tape or bondo to glue on all the funky vents and wing?
      SKINNYwithNOfood
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wannabe Lexus grill.
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey Phil/HSV -- why are you doing any engine development?! General Motors already does substantial tuning and testing of very similar V8 engines in North America. Time to get on-board with the parent company instead of running an expensive, low-volume silo in Australia.
      jonwil2002
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just take whatever engine is in the range topping variant of the new Corvette and stick it under the hood of a few HSV models. HSV Maloo R8 Ute that can embarrass a whole pile of fancy sports cars at a track day? Yes please...
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