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"Power War Truce" Article
Grrrrrr having a nice read through the sunday mail yesterday and then i came across the words "POWER WAR TRUCE" with a picture of the new GT next to it!
"Australia's leading performance care makers, Holden and Ford have stepped back from reigniting the supercar war of the 70's.
Both companies have been steadily increasing the power outputs of their big-engines commodore-based and falcon models, but this week they signalled enough is enough.
Neither is going beyond the 300kw level of Australia's performance king, the $93,500 HSV GTS model.
Ford announced its falcon GT model, to be released early next year with an enhanced v8 engine called the "boss", will produce 290kw. There had been intense speculation it would be well over the 300kw benchmark.
And HSV has been content to "smooth and refine" its top engine instead of increasing its ouptut, keeping it 300kw in the updating Y-series sedans.
This informal truce is unlike the early '70's supercar race, when the increasing power and speed of special Falcon GT, Holden Torana and chrysler Valiant models sparked road safety fears, a public backlash and a goverment crackdown.
Though HSV this week unvieled a proposed extra powerful monaro derivative, it emphasies the handbuilt model would be meant for the race track.
The company would not reveal the output of the HRT 427 concept car it unvieled at the SMS, except to say that it was "prodigous". (The intials stand for Holden Racing Team and and the U.S. built engines size in cubic inches; it has a capacity of 7 litres, compared to Holden's normal 5.7 litre V8)
Hsv managing director John Crennan said the lightweight two-seat coupe would be "the ultimate wolf in sheeps clothing - the perfect niche care for enthusists who wanted somthing special when particpating in closed circuit events".
He said "We're just getting feedback at this stage but if we get a sound response we could produce them. It is the sort of thing Porshe does, and we could do it too"
A small number - perhaps 25 or 50 could be built as race cars for wealthy amateur drivers. REach car would cost $200 000 or more.
Holden's sydney show car, a commodore sedan tunrned into a hatchback called the SSX emphaises safety as well as speed. It combines a standard V8 engine with Subaru style all wheel drive for on road use.
Holden chariman Peter H. said "SSX paves the way fro a new family of Holden AWD sports vehicles with unrivalled flexibility born for use in any adverse conditions.
"SSX is our vision of teh future. It heralds a family of ... vehicles that couble become reality in less than 2 years"
At the same time, Ford pressident Geoff Polites unvieled several high performance Falcon GT models coming next year.
The comapny has created a new division, FPV, but he said there were no plans "at this stage" for it to produce a higher-output version of the GT.
Mr Polites siad the basic GT model, and a more luxurious, equally powerful GT-P, world be priced at a premium over the $53 000 Falcn XR8 sedan "but not to big a premium".
The 290kw power output from the Austrailian assembles 5.4L V8 engine is well up on the most legendary of yester-years fast fords, the XY falcon GT-HO Phase 3 in 1971, when ford claimed 223kw. It was described as the fastest sedan in the world.
Work began on a more powerful phase 4 but the backlash against fast cars forced ford to kill it off."