TG goes in search of Aussie muscle
In honour of the weekend's Bathurst 1000, we go in search of proper Australian firepower...
Posted: 14 Oct 2013
An hour later, we meet a man called Craig Munro in an anonymous industrial estate somewhere in the Melbourne suburbs. It feels a little illicit. Craig owns an innocuous-looking dark blue HSV R8 VX Commodore ClubSport that wears the numberplate TRYHRD. It looks nice enough and not particularly out of the ordinary. But this is the mother of all street-sleepers. Because under the bonnet is a 427ci (7.0-litre) twin-turbo V8 built for the Australian dyno competition Horsepower Heroes. Craig's car has won said competition, tweaked to just under a couple of thousand bhp, and has been described as the "best known and over-engineered Commodore in Australia" by GM High-Tech Performance magazine. It was, and quite possibly still is, Australia's most powerful street-driven HSV Commodore. The HSV Commodore GTS I've been driving is Australia's most powerful production car. But it has 576bhp. Slightly detuned for today, Craig's car is putting out roughly 1,600bhp. To the rear wheels. Craig really does drive the car every day and has spent upwards of half a million dollars on his HSV. Craig is, blatantly, nuts. He is also, as they say here: "A bloody nice bloke."