2016 HSV GTS-R trademark registered — iconic nameplate to return?
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The HSV GTS-R nameplate could be making a comeback in the guise of a Gen-F2 HSV if a recent trademark registration is anything to go by, marking 20 years since the original HSV VS GTS/R.
The trademark registration, which was registered on December 2, 2015, covers both vehicles and merchandise. It was during 1996 that HSV last used the GTS-R moniker with the VS GTS/R. Limited to just 85 units, the GTS/R was built to closely resemble the Holden Racing Team V8 Supercars race vehicles circling Mount Panorama.
The original GTS/R was also the first production HSV to feature external carbon fibre decals on the wheels and side skirts.
Only 15 per cent of the 85 vehicles produced were further Blueprinted to increase power output from 215kW to 226kW of power from its 5.7-litre naturally aspirated V8.
While there are rumours circulating that the 2016 HSV GTS-R will use an LS9 engine and bespoke components, it's unlikely to be go beyond the current LSA configuration. The cost of engineering a bespoke engine and components would far outweigh the return on investment.
In 2013 when the HSV Gen-F GTS first launched, HSV engineers spoke of the troubles getting the LSA project over the line and the challenges in cooling the engine and its components sufficiently. They also said that returning an investment on the LSA project required three years of production, plus the latest spread across most of the HSV range.
To get the supercharged V8 project approved, Dusting claimed there were “an unbelievable amount of hoops to jump through” but HSV formulated a firm case to build the car and Holden engineering and manufacturing ultimately gave the project the green light.
“Holden engineering didn’t think we’d keep it [the supercharged V8] cool enough because they had trouble with Camaro during development. And the Adelaide plant didn’t want to build it,” he said.
In 1996, the VS GTS/R fetched an extra 15 per cent over the regular GTS, which could mean that the Gen-F2 GTS-R will carry a price tag of around $120,000 and a limited run to retain exclusivity.
The fact that HSV's trademark covers merchandise and apparel suggests that it could follow suit with the historical GTS/R by offering owners an exclusive apparel and merchandise pack to go with their purchase.
CarAdvice contacted HSV for comment, but they declined to comment on future products.