Australian TE50 AU1 Member
Join Date: Jun 2001
HSV GTS - Supercharged in UK
In the latest edition of the pommy car magazine, EVO, there is an article on the HSV GTS-R. It is a GTS that has been supercharged by HSV’s servicing arm, Linden Special Vehicles (LSV). Apparently the GTS is seen as an alternative to the M5, with comments like...” the GTS-R matches the German icon for sheer performance and it’s chassis balance can teach the Munich uber-saloon a thing or two” and.....” The massive brakes (343mm cross-drilled front, 315mm rear) are tireless and bite with conviction right at the top of the pedal travel whilst the steering is accurate, weighty and surprisingly direct.” It was a relative bargain but a pricing restructuring now see the GTS-R only 2000 pounds cheaper than the M5. The poms seem to be rapped in the thing, regarding it as a powerful large sedan with great handling. All this begs the question, How would they react to the TS50? (or Laminge’s old beast for that matter), with even massiver 355mm brakes. It seems there is a market in Europe for these cars, and with the Ford and Tickford name behind them you would think they would fall head over heels for our mighty car.
As for times it is estimated that the GTR-R will do 0-100kph in 4.5 secs, very very quick.
It pumps out 502hp (6050rpm) and 457 lb ft (you do the conversions)
What’s the general consensus, Should Ford be pushing to sell the T series in the UK and the rest of Europe?