The HSV Z Series SV6000 was a limited edition model released in 2005 and is based on the popular Z Series ClubSport R8, the SV6000 combines HSV’s most sought after performance features and luxury appointments with individual appearance highlights. The SV6000 also introduces ground breaking technology in the form of a highly versatile driver aid called ‘Driver Dynamic Interface’ (DDI).
The SV6000 was unveiled to the public at the Melbourne Motor Show March 2005 and production was set at just 50 vehicles. The SV6000 was powered by the same engine seen in the Z Series Clubsport the LS2 6.0L V8 engine that produces 297 kW at 6000 rpm and 530 N⋅m at and 4400 rpm.
Only 50 Z series SV6000 vehicles were produced in 2005, all were painted in ‘Devil Yellow’ paint.
Individual SV6000 appearance
Paint colour is perhaps the most immediately recognisable factor. The SV6000 is the first HSV sedan to wear ‘Devil Yellow’ paintwork – a colour previously reserved for Coupé. Complementing the paint colour is a series of subtle yet eye-catching styling enhancements such as the ‘yellow spirit‘ 19” style wheels. The removal of accenting on the body styling package and the addition of a wide colour-coded stripe along the lower doors are particularly effective enhancements. The style and location of badging has been specifically designed to pay homage to earlier ‘SV’ models.
SV6000 is also distinguished by open mesh fender vents that are totally unique to this model, as well as Devil Yellow painted brake callipers. The individual character continues on the interior with yellow stitching on the Anthracite leather HSV Performance seats, gear shift boot, console lid, handbrake, floor mats and steering wheel. Door trim inserts are embroidered with the SV6000 logo and the HSV Multi-Function Display also boasts the model identification.
SV6000 performance features
Apart from the already legendary 6.0litre LS2, the SV6000 has plenty of added performance features to go with its technology smarts. The first cause for driver celebration is the fitment of a Z Series version of the HSV developed ‘Linear Steering Rack’. It enhances HSV’s traditionally driver oriented chassis with both greater predictability from ‘lock to lock’ and improved responsiveness via a quicker ‘on centre’ ratio. An HSV Power Steering Oil Cooler is also fitted to ensure the steering system operates at an optimum level no matter what the conditions.
An HSV AP High Performance Braking System takes care of stopping duties and, even today, this remains one of the most powerful braking systems fitted to any road car. Completing the package is a couple of current high-tech features that were, themselves, first introduced locally by HSV just a short time ago.
The HSV TPM (Tyre Pressure Monitoring) system dynamically monitors tyre pressures and temperatures and swiftly gives the driver a warning should they move outside preset limits. The new-age lighting performance of HSV’s Xenon Performance driving lamps enables drivers to detect potential hazards earlier during night driving.
This engine debuted in the Z series. It is a GM built LS2 V8 customized for HSV’s usage. One of the main reasons that this engine was used is that the LS1 V8 does not meet ADR 79/01 (Euro III) emissions regulations. This new engine also has connections to the L76 6.0-litre used in the VZ and VE Holden Commodores.
- 6.0 litre LS2
- 297kW @ 6000 rpm
- 530Nm @ 4400 rpm
Engine: 6.0 litre LS2
Power: 297kW @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 530Nm @ 4400 rpm
o-100km/h = 5.1 sec
0-400m = 13.3 sec
*All performance times are to be used as a guide only as many variable factors can change the outcome of each cars perfomance times.