Almost two years ago to the day, Stefan Jacoby, General Motors International chief, told reporters at the 2015 North American International Auto Show there would be a new, rear-wheel drive sports car coming for Holden. The news sent a ray of light for the brand’s faithful, following the inbound demise of the locally-produced Holden VF Commodore.
Two years later, Jacoby, also pinned with the task of pulling the plug on Australian manufacturing, finally shed some new light on the upcoming Holden sports car.
Jacoby stated in a report by Car Advice that the new sports car will indeed be rear-wheel drive, almost surely have a V8 engine and be arriving by the year 2020 as part of the 24 new models coming to Holden by that same year.
Commenting on his previous statements, he added, “That was 2015 it is only 2017, please be patient.”
Jacoby went on to further state it will be a global vehicle, meaning GM brands across the world will see the same sports car. A refreshed, sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro and the C7 Corvette have long been rumored as heading to Australia, but he went on to say the new sports car is “not currently in production.”
Whether it will be an all-new nameplate remains to be seen, but at this point, it also seems like the C8 Corvette, which is expected to switch to a mid-engine configuration, could also fit the bill Jacoby describes.
For now, all we can do is continue making educated guesses. In just over two year’s time, though, we’ll finally have our answer as to what Holden has cooking.