As an Australian (the only one on the board i think....) i feel i should come to the defence of the poor humble HSV GTS (they call it a GTS-R over in the land of the big dark cloud i think?!?) it is based on a $30,000 AUS car... which has, i admit, very average production standards, because the demand outweighs supply of the donor car.. (i think most who read the article would know HSV is to Holden what M GmbH is to BMW and AMG is to M-B) it's the same principle, beefing up a lesser car for more street cred..) here in Australia, the GTS is half the price of the M5, probably has more street cred, especially with the 16 - 35 year old age demographic, than the M5 (which is probably put down to the lame local 2 marque V8 Supercar series..) here in Australia, the GTS offers mabey a quicker car (but only to 100km/h or over 400m, anything greater and the M5 would win) more street cred, half the price-tag and sense of patriotism..
but the M5 is a much more refined car, will blow the GTS into the weeds at speeds over 100km/h, IMHO, is a FAR! more desirable car and is alot less boy-racer than the M5 (which is good for me, but mabey not for others...)
BTW, for those english board members interested in the HSV range, the VX range is out soon in Australia, and should make it's way to england sometime early next year. it is a much more agressive package, and there is more model differentiation... (spelling?)
(and the GTS get's some awesome 19 inch wheels...)
for the Australian range... i think the Senator Signature makes a far better match-up to the M5 (more luxury than the GTS, but would need the 300kW GTS engine...)
ho nuovi calzini su!!