Australia's Motoring has put together a little video on two of the great performance vehicles available down under - the Holden VF Commodore HSV GTS and the Ford Falcon FPV GT R-Spec. And while both FPV and the Falcon might be on their way out, there's still plenty of time for a little head-to-head comparison between the two.

The cars aren't all that well evenly matched, though. The Ford boasts a 5.0-liter, supercharged V8, which the Aussies measure out at 449 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The HSV, though, with its Corvette-derived, 6.2-liter, supercharged V8 is just too powerful – 576 hp and 545 lb-ft of torque.

Predictably, it doesn't end too well for the Ford. As the guys from Motoring point out, the new VF Commodore is just too new and too good, with its extra power and its adaptive dampers (GM's excellent MagnaRide). Interestingly, Motoring did point out that the Holden's electric steering is better than the Ford's hydraulic steering, which is a lot like a Porsche purist saying they prefer water-cooled engines to air cooled.

The Aussie site did a full write up on the two vehicles, which we'd strongly encourage you to take a look at. It's a really solid read. You can also take a look at their video comparison, down below.


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      theplainlv
      • 1 Year Ago
      the falcon should have been the American ford taurus
      the.nope
      • 1 Year Ago
      You mean that engine is from the CTS-V?? The LSA originally came from the V then into the ZL1 in 12. The ZR1 uses the LS9 engine not the LSA. Yes same block and engine size 6.2L but NOT straight from the ZR1. 620 hp > 580 hp (ZL1 number) Even says from Wiki that the 13 GTS uses the LSA. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GM_LS_engine
        v6sonoma
        • 1 Year Ago
        @the.nope
        You are correct. The ZR1 uses the LS9 which uses a 2.3L blower versus the ZL1,CTS-V and HSV's LSA which has a 1.9L blower .
        the.nope
        • 1 Year Ago
        @the.nope
        though i sounded like an ass above, I would love ANY HSV in the US. You listening GM?? bring a manual over with the SS and make an El Camino already....
      domingorobusto
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's very obvious from that test who intends to continue making cars in that segment, lol. It's glaringly obvious that Ford is letting the Falcon wind down and die out without any further development while Holden is pressing forward and continuing to improve their product. And that pisses me off, Ford. People told you and told you they wanted the Falcon in America. For god damned decades. And did you listen? No. And I'm still flabbergasted that they tuned that engine in the Falcon to only 450 hp. The Mustangs version of the Coyote makes like 525 hp on like 6 lbs of boost with an aftermarket supercharger, and well over 600 on 10 lbs of boost. And they seem to be very durable with nothing but the addition of some forged pistons. So why'd they de-tune it so far? It seems like 550 with good durability would have been simplicity itself. Maybe some drivetrain component isn't up to the task?
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @domingorobusto
        A hand full of enthusiasts don't always make for a good business case. Especially when it's for a vehicle that isnt sold in any way shape or form here.
          domingorobusto
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jtav2002
          I didn't mean just the FPVs. I meant the whole Falcon line. The Charger has done very well for Dodge, the G8 did very well for GM, and Ford has been needing a Crown Vic replacement for years. The Falcon would have worked perfectly, full line.
        domingorobusto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @domingorobusto
        Ah, under further investigation it looks like the Falcon is severely underrated from the factory, most are putting out around 450 hp at the wheels, so around 530ish crank hp. That makes more sense.
      NamorF-Pro
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want this Holden!
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm curious about how they took a 420hp V8 and supercharged it to only 449...
        Brodz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @KaiserWilhelm
        You should then look into the torque band. It wasn't all about power, but a huge whack of torque low down and through the range.
      theplainlv
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOVED SEEING THESE IN SYDNEY A FEW YEARS AGO, THEY EVEN HAD A FALCON BOSS IN GRABBER BLUE AT A DEALER I WENT TO
      Nick B
      • 1 Year Ago
      God how great would it be if they made a "special edition" Chevy SS that was this GTS with a Chevy badge on it? Sure it would cost like $65K but who cares about being practical? :P
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nick B
        It would be sweet, but the price would certainly limit how many people would buy it. Some think the regular version is too expensive. Besides, putting aside the no manual issue, you could still strap a supercharger on an SS for a lot less than a theoretical American version of the GTS would cost.
          Nick B
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jtav2002
          True but youre getting more than the LSA with the GTS. You also get the magnetic shocks, which are badass.
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      2 butt ugly heaps that look like they have every JC Whitney product glued on.
      Mr. BaderĀ®
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good that ford is dead
      • 1 Year Ago
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      anon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sadly we won't get a lot or none of these platforms in the US, they're just too good, and GM & Ford would rather make lo tech suv's and trucks, no wonder some went nearly bankrupt. Just think if they had a Ford Galaxie or the Impala (not just the SS) in the US with these platforms (not necessarily with their huge V8's-maybe with Ford's UK 3.9 or the Buick 3.5 L V8 styled engines), might actually be competitive with the Chrysler 300.
        theplainlv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @anon
        the holden will be the new chevy SS
          Beamer
          • 1 Year Ago
          @theplainlv
          As you said, the Holden Commodore SS will become the Chevy SS, but not this HSV GTS beast. They are 2 different things, one is just plain vanilla (SS), the other is the ice cream sundae HSV GTS).
        nettsu
        • 1 Year Ago
        @anon
        Jap Racer -> The Commodore SSV has a waiting list at the moment into February next year. It's become a runaway success for Holden and some commentators are even saying it's a better deal that the HSV Clubsport. Admittedly the GTS is the top of the tree but when you're talking about something as good (apparently) as the SSV then I guess you're not missing out on much.
      hadskeath
      • 1 Year Ago
      How does a supercharged coyote only make 449 hp? Give them the supercharged 5.4 from the GT 500 and let the Falcon go out with a bang.
        Robert Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hadskeath
        Because they rate it differently, the US engine believe it or not is less powerful.
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