Holden Special Vehicles made many ecstatic, and probably filled some with disappointment, when it announced it will sell the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro in right-hand drive next year. However, the Camaro will be HSV’s main focus and managing director Tim Jackson dismissed the Corvette as a potential addition to its portfolio.
“The Corvette is not on our radar,” Jackson told Drive in a report published on Friday.
It fuels speculation that, instead, General Motors will import the Corvette on its own without a secondary right-hand drive partner like HSV. GM has spent many hours in court to use the Corvette’s logo in the country, and it certainly wasn’t for no reason.
HSV’s new contract with Holden sees the performance enhancer turn to more an importer and supplementary brand for Holden itself. HSV will not only offer the Camaro SS, but the Chevrolet Silverado HD, too. Right now, HSV plans to convert 1,000 Camaros for sale each year.
As for the decision to not touch the Chevy bowtie, or perform any performance upgrades, Jackson said it leaves the door open for another Camaro for Oz: the ZL1.
“Where it probably feels a little bit disingenuous for us to go ‘well we changed the Camaro let’s call it an HSV’ I don’t think that’s the right way to approach it,” he said.
Despite the Corvette off the table, Jackson said there is absolutely more coming to HSV in the future. He said there are “four or five” main platforms HSV will likely work on that will spawn additional variants. That leaves two or three additional cars from Chevrolet or another brand HSV could eventually offer.