Holden has gone on the record loud and clear that it will always have a V8-powered sports car in its lineup. But, here we have a curveball.
After Peter Keley, GM Executive Director of Sales, made the promise of a rear-wheel drive, V8-powered sports car in passing at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, media across the globe as tried to piece together what Holden has up its sleeves to replace a RWD, V8-powered Holden Commodore.
Yesterday, we reported on Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, Opel CEO, dropping a few heavy hints on an upcoming concept vehicle heading to the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. He called the car something no one would expect from the brand, leading many to believe this is the reborn Opel GT the rumormill churned out months back.
But, Motoring thinks there’s something global at play. Linking puzzle pieces together, it’s very possible a future Opel GT could make its way to Holden as a future sports car. This would also help explain why General Motors moved to trademark the “Monza” name in Australia.
The only piece that doesn’t fit? This vehicle will not be rear-wheel drive, and it will not have a V8 under the hood. Well-placed sources say the upcoming GT will ride on the D2XX platform, and share quite a but with the current 2016 Opel Astra and all-wheel drive will help plant power from a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
We surely wouldn’t complain if an additional sports car made its way to Holden, but we hope plans for a V8-powered vehicle haven’t been pushed back too far due to limited right-hand drive support from the alpha platform.