HSV GTS-R damaged in Melbourne storms

A classic HSV GTS-R has been damaged during Victoria's recent storms, leading to a potentially steep repair bill.

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A classic HSV GTS-R has been damaged in Victoria’s wild storms.

The XU-3 Yellah GTS-R has dents on its roof and rear, and is surrounded by shattered glass and an HSV sign. Its carbon-fibre rear wing is still standing tall.

It’s understood the car was parked at a General Motors Speciality Vehicles (GMSV) dealer in Deer Park, which was damaged during the wild storms that lashed Victoria overnight.

The car pictured here was insured for around $150,000 in 2017.

It’s harder to make out, but what looks like an HSV Coupe 4 is also pictured in the background.

The GTS-R is one of the rarest-ever HSV models. Released at the 1996 Sydney motor show as the hottest HSV VS Commodore, it was the most expensive Holden ever built at the time.

Under the bonnet is a 5.7-litre V8 engine that’s been heavily breathed on to make 215kW of power and 475Nm of torque. Some cars were also blueprinted by Holden Racing Team to liberate even more power and torque.

Fewer than 100 cars were built, some of which were whisked across the ditch to New Zealand.

Even fewer had the more expensive engine option, which was blueprinted by the Holden Racing Team.

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