HSV VS Senator 185i and 215i

In 1995 the VS Senator was introduced based on the VS Commodore. This model saw slight revisions to the body styling, trim and new alloy wheels.

The VS Series II saw the fitment of HSV’s ISS (Integrated Security System) as standard as well as new steering-wheel mounted stereo controls.

There remained a choice of two models: the 185i and the 215i. The 185i had the 5.0-litre (4987 cc) V8 engine which pushed out 185 kW (248 hp) at 4800 rpm.

The 215i had the 5.7-litre (5737 cc) V8 engine which delivered 215 kW (288 hp) at 4800 rpm.

The total number that were built by December 1995 was 416, down 439 units over the VR.

Quick Details
Years Produced 1995 – 1997
Number Produced Series 1
403 (185i)
300 (215i)
Series II
200 (185i)
177 (215i)
Engine 5.0L V8
5.7L V8
Power 185kW / 400Nm
215kW / 475Nm
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HSV VS Senator 185i and the 215i Specs

Senator 185i

Engine: 5.0 litre, V8
Power: 185 kW @ 4800 rpm
Torque: 400nm @ 3600 rpm

Performance as stated in various press reviews:
0-100 km/h (60 mph) 7.8 seconds
Standing 400m (1/4 mile) ?
Top Speed: ?

Senator 215i

Engine: 5.7 litre, V8
Power: 215 kW @ 4800 rpm
Torque: 475nm @ 3600 rpm

Performance as stated in various press reviews:
0-100 km/h (60 mph) 7.3 seconds
Standing 400m (1/4 mile) ?
Top Speed: ?

  • Available with 5.0 litre 185kW or 5.7 litre 215kW fuel injected V8 engine.
  • Automatic transmission with 185i (optional 5 speed manual transmission.)
  • 6 speed manual transmission with 215i(optional automatic transmission.)
  • Low restriction stainless steel exhaust system (with twin catalytic converters on 215i.)
  • Touring suspension tuning package with automatic level ride.
  • Independent rear suspension.
  • Hydratrak speed sensitive fluid coupling limited slip differential (with 215i only.)
  • HSV premium four wheel power disc brakes (optional with 185i.)
  • Anti-lock breaking system ABS.
  • Specific ten spoke sports alloy wheels with premium 17 inch 235/45 tyres.
  • Specific large rear spoiler with clear lens stop lamp.
  • Specific chrome tipped exhaust (dual chrome tipped exhaust with 215i.)
  • Power rack and pinion steering.
  • Four spoke leather covered steering wheel with telescopic adjust.
  • Devenish sports front seat design with Roebuck velour trim.
  • Electronic cruise control (except 5 speed manual.)
  • Trip computer.
  • 250 km/h speedometer.
  • Electronic climate control.
  • Sound system and 10 stacker CD player.
  • Leather gear lever knob (manual only.)
  • Vanity mirror in passenger sun visor.
  • Woodgrain console applique.
  • Front and rear power windows.
  • Driver and passenger airbags.
  • Luggage restraint system.
  • Fully carpeted boot.
  • Alarm system.
  • Fire extinguisher.
  • Optional sunroof.
  • Dual horns.

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