Considering Australia’s love for V8 engines and rear-wheel drive, something is bound to serve as a replacement for the Commodore when the nameplate departs in 2017. Opel’s next-generation Insignia is set to arrive in Oz to fill the four door sedan-shaped hole the Commodore will leave in Holden’s lineup, but so far, the automaker has yet to announce a product which appeases the true performance enthusiasts.
Holden’s in-house tuning division, Holden Special Vehicles, will also be hoping for some type of rear-wheel drive Commodore replacement beyond 2017. There has been talk of parent company General Motors sending some of its North American rear-wheel drive models down to Australia, such as the Chevrolet Camaro and Cadillac CTS, but nothing is set in stone.
If GM does send a Chevy or Cadillac down to Oz, HSV would likely be tasked with making it a bit more Australian. Industrial designer Michael Gray thinks he has a rough idea of what an HSV-branded CTS would look like and recently drew up his fantasy car on the computer.
We weren’t sure how much we liked this rendering upon first viewing it, but the more we looked at it, the more we warmed up to it. Despite starting out life as a Cadillac, it looks undeniably like an HSV product. The wide wheel arches, whacky front intake design, huge rear diffuser and geometric tailpipes all look like things HSV might actually be responsible for.
Check out the renderings over on CarScoops. If you’re not a fan of this design or idea, let us know what you think HSV should do instead in the comments.