While Holden enthusiasts mourn the death of the locally-produced, rear-wheel drive, V8-powered Commodore, there has been a dim light at the end of the tunnel. In 2012, Stefan Jacoby, the man responsible for pulling the plug on Australian manufacturing, promised Holden faithful a new Holden sports car would arrive.
Since those comments, General Motors leadership has consistently deflected back to Jacoby to own up to his words. Most recently, though, newly-minted General Motors Vice President of Global Design, Michael Simcoe, stated there will be a new Holden sports car… eventually.
Speaking to Drive, Simcoe spoke on the 2018 Holden Commodore, which he feels will live up to the iconic nameplate despite arriving from Germany. During his statements, he confirmed there is indeed a new sports car coming, but revealed there is no set timeline for its arrival.
It remains without a delivery date,” Simcoe said. “It is the one question you people ask [Mark] Reuss or anyone else who’ll listen and you get the same reaction.” But, mark Simcoe’s words, as he followed up with, “You will eventually get a sports car, yes.”
What the sports car will be, and if it will be rear-wheel drive with a V8, remains to be seen. The sixth-generation Camaro is likely a sit-out due to immense investment required with the current Alpha platform, which was not wholly engineered for right-hand drive. The Corvette has been brought up, too, with subtle hints deeming the vehicle will head down under. But, we’ve has equally as much evidence saying it’s not the Corvette either.
All we know is Holden thinks it will knock our socks off when whatever it is finally does come to fruition.