Mike Stevens | Oct 12, 2009

LIMITED TO JUST 250 cars, Queensland outfit HDT has announced the new SS Group A or 'Blue Meanie', a VE SS based replica of the SS Group A VK Commodore of the 80s.

The newest incarnation of the legendary Australian brand, HDT - now owned by Queensland businessman Peter Champion - has built more than a few VE-based replicas of HDT classics.


With other models based on the original HDT's VC and VH-based offerings, the new HDT's latest model - the new Group A - is built to honour what is perhaps the most iconic of Peter Brock's special Holdens.

Where the original was powered by a 4.9 litre de-stroked version of Holden's 5.0 litre V8, the new VE-based replica is powered by a 350kW version of Holden's 270kW V8.

To achieve its massive power, the SS Group A is fitted with a tweaked camshaft, cool air intake, reprogrammed ECU and a fully customised exhaust system.

And if owners request it, power can be taken right up to 500kW.


To get a handle on the extra power, modified brakes and Bilstein springs and shock absorbers have been added to the package, sitting behind the retro Aero-look 19-inch wheels.

Giving it the perfect SS Group A look, the body kit has been given a massive makeover, with the grille, rear wing, bonnet bulge, wheels, 'Formula Blue' paint job, badging and decals all pointing to its very obvious inspiration.

With just 250 of the new SS Group A cars expected to be built, the new HDT - priced at $75,000 - is likely to be a popular option for Holden fans and collectors alike.


Pristine examples of the original VK model, which originally cost $21,950 and developed 196kW, currently fetch up to around $120,000.

HDT can be contacted at 1300 364 252, or via the website: www.hdt.com.au.

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