Mark this one up as an oopsie on behalf of the Clipsal 500 Adelaide. The V8 Supercars motorsports page on Facebook uploaded a silhouetted photo of a mysterious Holden before the brand reportedly called to have it taken down immediately, according to Wheels.
The photo shows the vehicle wearing a Red Bull Racing livery, attached with a statement simply reading, “Are you ready for this?” The image originally linked to a countdown timer on the event’s website, which ended around noon, local time, on Thursday.
Obviously, fingers point to this being our first look at the 2018 Holden Commodore, the brand’s first fully-imported model to wear the iconic nameplate. The 2018 Commodore will ditch its rear-wheel drive layout in favor of front-wheel drive. Ditto for the V8. It will likely be replaced with a twin-turbo V6 to satisfy performance sedan buyers.
The image itself shows a thin, chrome-stripped grille with larger, more bulbous front headlamps. We’ve heard the 2018 Commodore will do its best to differentiate itself from the 2017 Opel Insignia, which the 2018 Commodore will be based upon, but this truly does seem to deviate from any design we’ve seen from Opel’s forthcoming sedan. This will not be your average rebadge job.