Holden Special Vehicles, the performance arm of Holden in Australia, turned 20 years old this year. It was at the same Sydney Motor Show back in 1987 that HSV debuted its first vehicle, the VL Group A SS Commodore or "Walkinshaw" as it's commonly known. So it's fitting that HSV used the 2007 Sydney Motor Show to debut a special 20th Anniversary edition model of its Clubsport R8. The Clubsport R8 is a hot number on its own, so the anniversary edition adds exclusive cosmetic touches like special Sandstorm paint, 20th Anniversary sill plates, black accents on the body, leather seats with a 20th Anniversary logo and special chrome shadow wheels and brake calipers painted black and gold. That's certainly not a lot but should be enough to make the special edition Clubsport R8 a collectible. For those wishing to add one to their collection, the cost is $65,990 AU. We're sure we speak for most inhabitants of the island continent when we say here's to twenty more.
Holden Special Vehicles celebrates 20th Anniversary
Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) has unveiled two new models, including a special commemorative ClubSport R8 as part of its 20th Anniversary celebrations at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney today.
Managing Director Scott Grant said the release of a 20th Anniversary ClubSport R8 celebrated the heritage of the luxury and performance car company.
"The birth of HSV and the reveal of the very first VL Group A SS Commodore – commonly referred to as the 'Walkinshaw' – took place at the 1987 Sydney Motor Show. From those humble beginnings, HSV has gone on to produce over 55,000 vehicles and dominate the world of Motorsport," Scott Grant said.
"It is only fitting that today we unveil a limited edition model to commemorate the company's 20th Anniversary," he said.
The 20th Anniversary ClubSport R8 is limited to a run of just 100, with a number of unique features including;
· Unique sandstorm colour scheme,
· Unique 20th Anniversary sill plates,
· GTS black accenting,
· Leather performance seats featuring the 20th Anniversary logo and;
· Chrome shadow wheels and brake callipers finished in black and gold.
The model retains the 307kW LS2 V8 engine, performance brake package and aggressive HSV styling that has contributed to the company recording twelve consecutive months of unsurpassed sales success in the company's 20 year history.
"The company has had an outstanding 12 months, but in typical HSV style we're looking to the future and making sure we continue to produce products that Australians and the world love to drive," Scott Grant said.
The 20th Anniversary ClubSport R8 goes on sale from October at HSV Dealerships across Australia and is priced from $65,990 (m).