If you like the 2008 Holden HSV GTS Project 370 and lament the fact that Holden is a product of Australia and not the U.S., you can at least take solace in knowing that with a new Pontiac G8 and some extra cash you can have your own Mad Max Mobile for a fraction of the price.
Because the Holden Special Vehicles unit does not make custom cars, Project 370 is not technically a production vehicle, though it does have some serious engineering behind it by way of Melbourne tuners Walkinshaw Performance (WP). Ex-racer and owner, Tom Walkinshaw is, however, a majority shareholder in HSV, which gives WP an extraordinary amount of access to the HSV parts bin and permission to build virtually brand-new, turn-key custom cars for private clients.
This particular custom car, in “verde Ithica pearlescent-green” no less, started life as an HSV Senator Signature vehicle; Holden’s flagship luxury model. The color is apparently the result of the future owner’s infatuation with the Lamborghini color. Once WP got a hold of it they then combined the luxury features of that vehicle with the performance and looks of the GTS. Mechanically, the GTS and Senator Signature models are virtually identical. Both have the GM-engineered 6.0-liter LS2 V8 , 6L80E six-speed automatics, AP Racing-derived brakes with four-piston calipers, and a full list of performance items. The difference comes in suspension tuning, wheels, interior trim and bodywork. WP also fitted the LS2 V8 with a Magnuson Magna Charger, a Roots-type supercharger that gives this vehicle nearly 496 horses. Special WP springs lower the ride height, but the key to the suspension is the use of Delphi’s MagnaRide dampers. They allow you to switch from the default Performance mode to a super-taut Track setting. Even at a hefty 4,000+ pounds this car can still get up to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds and do the quarter-mile in less than 13 seconds. The good news for American admirers is that they can enjoy nearly all of these upgrades with the modification of a brand-new Pontiac G8 for less than $50,000 total. The Project 370 will remain extra-special, though. The new owner has an agreement with Walkinshaw Performance that this will be the only Project 370 in “verde ithica green” that they ever produce.