Step into the past with the legendary HDT VK SS, a symbol of power and elegance. Discover the story behind its adoption of the renowned “SS” name, its striking exterior featuring the iconic logo and stripe, and the performance prowess of its HDT-modified V8 engine. Immerse yourself in a piece of automotive history, exclusively at HDT Australia.
The Legacy of the VK SS Name
Holden’s decision to discontinue the SS name for the VK model led to a pivotal choice by HDT. Recognizing the significance of this nameplate, HDT embraced it as the foundation for their VK series.
Distinctive Design and Styling
The VK SS, much like the LM 5000 and Group 3 models, showcased a limited color palette of Alpine White and Asteroid Silver. Its exterior was adorned with a prominent “SS” logo and stripe, identical to the Group 3 variant. The car boasted the recognizable boot spoiler from the Group 3 and was equipped with 15-inch Aero wheels.
Luxurious Interior Features
Inside, the VK SS exuded luxury with Scheel seats, expertly matched rear seat upholstery, a Momo steering wheel, and an HDT gearknob, all contributing to an elevated driving experience.
Power and Performance
Under the hood, the VK SS packed the same robust engine package as the Group 3, generating an impressive 177kW of power. This powerhouse was coupled with the M21 4-speed transmission and a 3.08 Limited Slip differential, ensuring exceptional performance on the road.
Customization and Enhancement
Enthusiasts had the option to enhance their VK SS further, with choices like additional boot spoilers, SS Side Skirts, and even a Group 3 grille. While these options allowed for personalization, the base SS maintained a minimalist yet impactful design.
- Engine: HDT Modified 308 Cubic Inch (Later 304 Cubic Inch) Pushrod V8
- Max Power: 177kW @ 4800rpm
- Max Torque: 419Nm @ 3500rpm
- Induction: 4 Barrel Rochester Carburettor, HDT Cold Air Induction
- Transmission: M21 4-Speed Standard, T5G 5-Speed Optional
- Suspension: Fully Independent Front, Live Axle Rear with Coil Springs
- Brakes: Split Circuit Hydraulic System, Ventilated Discs (Front & Rear)
- Wheels & Tyres: 15″ x 7″ HDT Aero Rims, Optional 16″ x 7″ Aero’s & Momo Stars
- Performance: Top Speeds at Various Gears and Acceleration Statistics
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 63 Litres
- Price: Base Price $17,995, T5 5 Spd: $2,850, Aircon: $1,035
- Kerb Mass: 1368kg
Unveiling Automotive Excellence
The HDT VK SS stands as a testament to automotive excellence, blending the rich history of the “SS” name with HDT’s innovation. With its powerful performance, distinctive design, and luxurious features, the VK SS is a true icon that captures the essence of power and prestige on the road.