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$60K to play: Commodore SS or used HSV GTS?

By Daniel DeGasperi, 25 Jul 2016 News

$60K to play: Commodore SS or used HSV GTS?

Holden or HSV? It’s a tough Aussie sports sedan question

This month marks three years since the HSV Gen-F GTS launched Down Under and that means three calendars of 430kW supercharged depreciation to now tempt enthusiasts.

A 740Nm blown 6.2-litre Gen-F GTS that (in manual form) runs 0-100km/h in a Vbox-verified 4.31 seconds and lobbed new for $92,990 plus on-road costs, can now be purchased from $63,000 before haggling. Call it $60K and a handshake.

Holden SS-V Redline rear -drivingIt therefore also creates a new question: if you want to buy the last locally built Commodore, do you take a VF Series II SS V Redline fresh off the Elizabeth, South Australia, factory floor? Or do you for similar money plump for a three-year-old HSV GTS, Australia’s fastest and most expensive muscle sedan?

MOTOR rates the GTS very highly. But then we also love the $54,490 plus on-road costs, 304kW/570Nm atmo 6.2-litre Commodore SS V Redline that is in isolation an absolute bargain at sub-$60K on-road, with 4.9-second 0-100km/h claimed performance.

V8 engineThere is more than just six-tenths between Holden and HSV, though. The Clayton-engineered GTS adds magnetic dampers and a clever torque vectoring system that works, making the big Commodore feel smaller than it really is. Continental SportContact 20-inch tyres replace the SS’s 19-inch Bridgestone Potenza variety, too.

However, in terms of interior ambience the Holden is the pick, at least until Gen-F2 GTS models start arriving on the used market having deleted the tacky ancillary gauges mounted below the climate controls. This is not a $100K interior.

HSV Gen-F GTS interiorSo which one would we take? Very tough call.

It may be three years since the GTS arrived, but it’s also another year until Holden calls it quits on Australian manufacturing. There are deals to be had on a VF Series II SS V Redline right now – we saw $53K driveaway at one dealership – and that leaves a reasonable $10K gap to a 50,000km-old Gen-F GTS. But the GTS should have a bit further to fall – we hope – in the next 12 months.

HSV GTS badge and rearIf we could get a four-year-old HSV Gen-F GTS down to $50-55K, there is little chance we’d buy a VF Series II Commodore SS V Redline. Time will tell how quickly that fall occurs…