What is it?
When petrol prices went up a couple of years ago and the global financial crisis was still in its early stages, what did Australians do? They bought more V8s than ever before.
That’s how the performance division of General Motors’ Australian outpost, Holden Special Vehicles, has been able to afford all this lot.
While the basic Commodore saloon has remained relatively untouched for the past three years, the gents at HSV have been spending like crazy.
The GTS (named after a famous Bathurst-winning Monaro from the 1960s) is the meaner brother of the Vauxhall VXR8 that Australians call a Clubsport.
It’s a strong chance to head to the UK some time next year to sell as a premium model alongside the VXR8, just as it does in Australia, although Vauxhall and HSV won’t confirm this.
What’s it like?
The GTS carries over the same 6.2-litre V8 as before but it’s had a tweak. Its slight power increase to 436bhp from the VXR8’s 425bhp doesn’t sound like much, but you can feel the extra urge between 4000rpm and 6000rpm thanks to an exhaust with fewer bends in it and a computer recalibration. Torque is unchanged.