SPOTTED: THE 600HP HOLDEN COMMODORE HSV
...More to the point, that's 600hp and loads of space for the price of a warm hatch. Tempted?
Based on the VX generation Holden Commodore, this HSV GTS-R, with its 5.7-litre LS1 GM V8, started off pretty feisty, with a 400-or-so hp power output. Clearly that wasn't enough for the owner, however, and there followed a pretty mouthwatering engine upgrade, including rods, pistons, a trick cam, an uprated fueling system and... a supercharger.
The result, claims the vendor, is more than 600hp and a torque output of 570lb ft. Which is really as much bang for your buck as you're going to get for £13K. In other words, the price of a new Suzuki Swift Sport.
Of course, if power isn't the be-all and end-all, and you crave that V8 gurgle in something a bit more up to date, there's always this 2008 VXR8. With 36,000 miles on the clock and the more modern 6.0-litre LS2 under the bonnet it seems a bit of a steal at £18,500. Though we'd probably remove the green undercar light if we ended up buying it...
HOLDEN COMMODORE HSV GTS-R
Engine: 5,665cc V8
Transmission:5-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 605hp (according to vendor)
Torque (lb ft):570 (according to vendor)
First registered: 2001
Recorded mileage:79,000 (40,000 since engine rebuild)
Price new: Many tins of Foster's (or Victoria bitter)
Yours for: £12,995