Thursday, August 6, 2009

HSV W427

The HSV W427 is the limited edition flagship of the current E Series range by automobile manufacturer Holden Special Vehicles, released in celebration of the company's 20th anniversary.

The W427 is based on the GTS, but replaces the 6.2L LS3 V8 with the 7.0L LS7 V8 (from the Chevrolet Corvette Z06). Power outputs are 375 kW (502 hp) @ 7000 rpm and 640 nm @ 5000 rpm,and 0-100 km/h is achieved in 4.7 seconds, making the W427 the most powerful and fastest car ever built in Australia. It features re calibrated Magnetic Ride Control and stiffer suspension settings than the GTS, as well as a toughened 6-speed manual gearbox, a new exhaust system, and larger 6-piston brakes

The W427's name is the result of a combination of factors. W is to honour the founder of HSV, Tom Walkinshaw. The 427 is simply the engine capacity in cubic inches, but it is also a nod to the HRT 427C, a similar 7.0L V8 engined car which never went into mass-production.

The original concept model was produced in the same colour as the very first HSV model, the VL Commodore SS Group A SV.

The W427 went on sale in August 2008 and retails for AUD$155,500. Only 137 were be built, to be sold only in Australia and New Zealand.

Sheer Madness.

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