HSV's 25th anniversary GTS

Last updated 07:01 03/10/2012

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New Zealand will get 15 of the 140 special performance Holden GTS models produced to mark HSV's 25th birthday.

Holden's hot-rod shop, however, is not using the special edition GTS as an excuse to reclaim the power stakes from crosstown rivals, FPV.

There is no extra power or torque for the latest limited edition model, dubbed HSV GTS 25th Anniversary, meaning the GTS remains 10kW and 20Nm shy of the FPV GT.

It's powered by a 6.2-litre V8 engine producing 325kW of power and 550Nm of torque, and comes mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. Features include a bi-modal exhaust, a launch-mode system for the manual model, a track-ready "competitive mode" for the stability control system, six-piston brakes front and rear, and HSV's "magnetic ride control" adjustable suspension.

Styling changes include 20-inch lightweight forged alloys wheels with a graphite colour finish, and that colour also adorns itself on the bonnet scoops, grille/bumper intake and side vents. It also gets "25th Anniversary" badges on the outside, while inside the theme continues through stitching on the seats and a plaque on the centre stack.

Safety elements include a blind spot warning system, standard reversing camera and sensors, and six airbags (dual front, front-side, full-length curtain).

The HSV GTS 25th Anniversary edition goes on sale in New Zealand next month with a recommended retail price of NZ$104,990 and even though it has over $7600 in added extras, it is just $3000 more than the regular GTS.

-Fairfax Australia

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