HSV VT GTS Series 1

The end of a generation with the heart of a lion… A true modern classic

With the release of the all new Holden Commodore VT Series 1 (1997 – 1999), budget, time and emission restrictions would mean that we would see development cease on the locally built Holden V8 and it would be the last time in history that we would see a local built Holden / HSV powered vehicle.

When released in 1997 the HSV VT GTS Series 1 was ahead of it’s time and offered unrivalled performance across Australia and 99% of performance sedans of the world, Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson stated the VT GTS Series 1 as almost being a twin to the Austin Martin Vantage and a reminder of the Lotus Carlton.

Quick Details
Years Produced 1997 – 1999
Number Produced 399
Manuals Produced 263
Automatics Produced 136
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A True Muscle Car In A Modern Disguise…

The HSV VT GTS Series 1 is the perfect combination of Old School and New School. Old School running gear, with New School looks, luxury, handling and braking. But Most importantly, it is the LAST of the true Aussie Built HSV muscle cars. Sure, the Series 2 and later model LS engines produce more power; but you just can’t deny that the Holden motor is one of the sweetest things you will ever hear and not many can beat the sound of that Lion-Hearted, Aussie Built Holden Stroker.

The VT looks fantastic, with the same body as the 300kw VT Series 2 and similar to VX GTS models, but when you pop the bonnet, there she is, that all familiar engine that we have raced and modified for the past 40 years with a little bit of modern fuel injection on top. Anyone can import or buy cheaper cars with more power. But this car, this engine, has a place in the heart of any true Aussie muscle car enthusiast.

The HSV VT GTS was no car to be taken lightly, running a locally built Holden 5.7L producing 220kw and a massive 475nm of torque, 6 Speed gearbox and huge 330mm 4 piston Harrop brakes (brakes optional). The VT GTS Series 1 was the fastest production car ever produced by Holden/HSV when released, the VT GTS was capable of 0 – 100km/h in under 6 seconds and a top speed of more than 257km/h (160mph) putting the GTS in a league of it’s own in 1997 – 1999 with nothing being able to close on local shores, putting it on the world map with the fastest of performance sedans from BMW M5, Jaguars and Mercedes Benz.

The HSV VT GTS series 1 is the last edition of the GTS to use a locally built Holden GM engine. Starting life with the factory 5.0L 304ci EFI block and fitting a Harrop engineered crankshaft to increase capacity to 5.7L (350 cu.in), the engine receives a bunch of goodies increasing power outputs to 220kw / 475nm with an option to blueprint the engine for an extra 15kw / 25nm.

Years Produced 1997 – 1999
Total Number Built 399 September 1997 – September 1999
Number of Automatics Built 136
Number of Manuals Built 263
Price When New $72,450 AUD – $90,000> with options
Engine 5.7-Litre (Holden Factory Stroker) V8 (5737 cc / 350.1 in³)
Transmission 6-speed manual T56/ 4-speed automatic (optional)
Weight 1741kg
Main Rivals: BMW M5. Jaguar XKR, Mercedes AMG

Engine Holden/Harrop 5.7-Litre. V8 (5737 cc / 350.1 in³)
Valvetrain OHV 2 Valves / Cyl
Bore 101.6 mm / 4.0 in
Stroke 88.4 mm / 3.48 in
Compression 8.55:1
Power 220 kw / 295.0 bhp @ 4800 rpm
Torque 475 nm / 350.3 ft lbs @ 3600 rpm

Top speed = 260 km/h / 162 mph +
0 – 100 km/h = 5.9 seconds
0 – 160 km/h = 14.30 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile = 14.02 seconds

Powertrain: Limited Slip Differential (with Hydratrak) Standard
Stainless steel exhaust Standard
Mechanical: Rack & Pinion power steering Standard
Independent rear suspension (IRS) Standard
HSV ‘performance’ brakes with ABS Standard
HSV ‘premium’ brakes with ABS Optional
‘Performance’ suspension tuning package Standard
Exterior: Fog lamps Standard
Side skirts Standard
Rear spoiler with clear stop lens Standard
Power side mirrors Standard
Intermittent windscreen wipers Standard
Electrical: Electric rear window demister Standard
Electronic Cruise Control Standard
Digital Clock in radio Standard
Headlamp auto-off Standard
Trip computer (3 window) Standard
HSV 250km/h speedometer Standard
Tachometer Standard
Holden “Tech2” diagnosis of all major electronic control systems Standard
Deadlocks Standard
Remote 2-stage key for doors and boot Standard
Theft attempt warning and report Standard
Audio: AM/FM radio cassette, electronic tuning, memory, auto reverse, Dolby NR. Standard
4×20 watts
6 speaker
Single CD Player Standard
Premium audio pack with 540watt power amp and 10 stack CD Optional
Power antenna Standard
Seating: Rocky ‘sports’ front seat design Standard
Coulson ‘performance’ front seat design
As seen in GTS Seats photo.
Electric front seats 4-way
Leather trim Optional
Children: Power window override switch Standard
Rear door child locks Standard
Cabin Comfort: 4 spoke leather covered steering wheel Standard
Fire extinguisher Standard
Electric sunroof Optional
HSV ‘Vanity’ pack Standard
Storage: Rear seat access to boot Standard
Carpeted boot floor & deck lid Standard
Luggage restraint system Standard
Security: Additional microprocessor based engine immobiliser with encoded key (ISS) Standard
Radio/cassette security electronics using PIN Standard
Full immersion body corrosion protection Standard
HSV wheel locknuts Optional
Identification: Lion & helmet badge – hood Standard
Model ID badge on boot lid Standard
Instrument panel badge (exclusively numbered) Standard
Wheels & Tyres: 5-spoke 18″ x 8″ alloy wheel
235/40 ZR 18″ SO-2 tyre
  • First HSV/Holden to feature 4 piston Harrop Brakes
  • First HSV/Holden to feature on a console video game
  • The fastest HSV/Holden ever produced in history when released
  • The last GTS model to feature a Holden  engine

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