It may be that Fritz Henderson slammed the door on the Commodore coming stateside under a different badge, but the enthusiast community at large hasn’t given up hope just yet. And it looks like that may have been for good measure. We’re literally salivating right now, since a member of Pontiac G8 Forum wrote the following:
“My dealer had sent off pictures to GM of the cable portion of the front seats belts rubbing against the plastic on the side of the front seats. In an email sent back to the dealer, GM says that they have no plans to solve what has already been built but going forward a correction is planned. The email continues: …a fix is planned for MY11.5 Chevy Police Program and MY12 Chevy SS. The fix will involve a protective sleeve that covers the buckle and section of the buckle stem that rubs on the plastic trim.”
Would you look at that! Now that may be one-one hundredth of a rumor – but it’s very much along the lines of what we’ve been hearing from some very well-connected sources. And if you put on your common sense hat for a second, Henderson didn’t slam the door on the Zeta program, just on a G8 rebadge. We also agree with Bob Lutz in that the G8 is “Kinda too good to waste.”
It’s my personal prediction that the Holden Commodore-based Chevy SS would be its own model within the Chevrolet line-up and look different as well – just like the Camaro. It would fill the void left by the Pontiac G8 and cater to the driving enthusiast in us and come to market for the 2012 model year. Size-wise, The SS would slot between the Malibu (190 inches long) and the Impala (202 inches).
Obviously, we would love to see a six-speed manual with an LS3 under the hood of this beauty. Now let’s keep our fingers crossed and keep the comments coming so GM can feel our excitement!