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HSV GTS on bricks


The fastest and most powerful production car ever made in Australia -- the Holden Special Vehicles GTS -- has come to a grinding halt. Demand is so strong for the supercharged V8 sedan that HSV has run out of wheels.

More than 100 GTS sedans are waiting for wheels at HSV's Clayton facility after an order mix-up with the wheel supplier in Taiwan. HSV and the supplier are now in a race against time to deliver the $100,000 Holdens to customers before Christmas.

"We've given customers the option of choosing other wheels, but most are waiting for the genuine GTS wheels," said HSV director of sales and marketing Tim Jackson. "We expect to have the backlog cleared within a week so we can get them to dealers. It is our plan for customers to have their cars in plenty of time for the summer holidays."

The HSV GTS already has a three-month waiting list, but the wheel woes have pushed back deliveries by about a fortnight. HSV forecast sales of about 500 supercharged GTS sedans in the second half of the year, but has so far sold 600, more than was originally planned. "We've sold every car we've built, we've been overwhelmed with the response," said Mr Jackson.

The HSV GTS is powered by a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 (430kW/740Nm) borrowed from a high performance Camaro and Cadillac in North America. The HSV GTS can do the 0 to 100km/h dash in 4.3 seconds, making it easily the fastest-accelerating car made in Australia.

Top speed is limited to 250km/h according to General Motors' international guidelines. But the speed limiter was disabled for a demonstration run at this year's Bathurst 1000 in a race against the Holden Racing Team V8 Supercar. Driving the HSV GTS, champion racer Garth Tander saw more than 280km/h on Conrod Straight, just a few kilometres slower than a V8 Supercar.

 

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This reporter is on Twitter: @JoshuaDowling