Doing the usual pot-stirring quote-producing magic he’s known for, Bob Lutz is at his best yet again — having told Drive.com.au that he would love to see a Commodore-based sedan back in America wearing a Chevrolet badge. We’ll let you read it as it was told:
If we can pull that off and we have the next generation Commodore in as a police vehicle then we want to take a look at reintroducing a civil version as a high-end Chevrolet. Because when you get down to it the thrill of high performance driving is unmatched by anything that doesn’t have rear-wheel drive, bags of torque and a nice transmission. So there’s a possibility of a premium Chevrolet sedan that would be sold in limited numbers. Think of it as a kind of four-door Corvette.
So Lutz is thinking of wishing for a four-door, limited-production Chevy sedan that’s built on the Zeta architecture. That sounds a lot like a four-door Camaro than a Corvette (being Zeta-based an all), save for the limited-production part (which the Camaro is not).
Of course we’ve had no shortage of rumors on this topic, including talk of a Chevy SS and the production of the Caprice Police Package Vehicle. Nevertheless, it’s still my personal opinion that the reason GM decided against badging the Pontiac G8 as a Chevrolet was a business decision that had to have been made, plain and simple.
If GM decides to make the much-anticipated four-door sedan for the U.S. market, I’d expect it to look completely different than the departed Pontiac G8 or the vaunted Holden Commodore – something along the lines of the Camaro’s relationship to the Commodore.