HSV Commodore VP
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 3
There wasn’t much to separate the VP over
the outgoing VN, cosmetically anyway. But that would
be selling the VP short. HSV were quick to incorporate
IRS and other Holden improvements into it’s own
The VP would see HSV clock up their 5000th vehicle,
and only two years later with the same model their
8000th, the latter marked by the release of 138 special
edition 5th Anniversary models – each painted
in Galaxy Blue over Panorama Silver.
The Club Sport that had been introduced just prior
to the end of the VN’s reign would carry over
to the VP series as a no-frills Executive based V8.
John Harvey, HSV’s marketing manager and former
Bathurst winner, made no apologies for the entry level
“…what we’re doing is
putting the V8 performance car back into the reach
of Mr Joe Average.” Although none from the Average
household were available for comment, not too many
were seen to object to this philosophy.
Early in 1992 HSV introduced the HSV Senator and Senator
5000i, and by August the GTS nametag was revived for
another iteration of the hot HSV’s.
It may not
have been a Monaro, but it was reserved for a Holden
boasting a stonking 200kW 5.0 litre V8.
HSV also continued the manufacture of after market
HSV enhancement packages for the more humble Commodores
In all, there were plenty of
HSV’s from which to choose, including the Club
Sport, Sport Wagon, SV91, + Six, Maloo, Senator and
Senator 5000i, Nitron, GTS, Statesman SV93, Formula
and Club Sport 5000i.