In 1996 HSV created 85 limited edition VS GTS-Rs. Essentially it was the 5.7-litre V8 GTS suited up in excessively bright XU-3 Yellah paint with carbon fibre inserts and a rear wing usually reserved for commercial jet liners. Its 215kW could be increased by electing to buy the HRT Optimised engine option, rumoured to deliver around 230kW. At $10,500 the option was an expensive way to gain 15kW on top of the already steep $76,000 price tag.
The whole idea was a bit mad, but Holden is looking to re-introduce the badge in a final salute to the Gen-F. Although no images have been released, Trailing Throttle has whipped out the rendering pen to visualise what we think it might look like.
Potential specs sound fittingly bonkers – a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 producing 475kW and 818Nm of power. There’s whispers of a price that tips over $100,000… But we think the VS GTS-Rs that are still around might just go up a bit too.