While the Ford Mustang is poised to gobble up marketshare for the affordable V8 market in Australia, Holden will be taking a different approach with its confirmed rear-wheel drive V8 sports car.
CarAdvice sat down with Stefan Jacoby, General Motors Asia-Pacific head, where his words fueled the idea of the Corvette heading to Holden.
Jacoby admitted a Mustang competitor may be a “missed opportunity” for the brand, but guaranteed Holden’s sports car would be in a totally different league, saying the following:
We are lagging behind Ford, obviously, in many areas [but] it doesn’t mean we don’t have the answer. I think when we come into the market we’re going to have a big surprise. It will be better than the Mustang.
There are some areas of the sports car [market] where Ford has no competitors to us. So that’s our opportunity. The super sports car – they don’t have it.
Currently, the 2016 C7 Corvette Stingray does not support right-hand drive, meaning the introduction would have to wait for a major retooling. Could Jacoby be referring to a mid-engined Zora Corvette? Anything is possible with this unknown-known.
If the Corvette would head to Oz, the price tag would reflect less of a Holden Commodore SSV Redline replacement, and more of an HSV GTS successor, with pricing projected around $100,000 AUD.
That last piece of news we’d heard on the Corvette heading to Australia involved a bitter trademark battle over the Corvette’s logo and badging, as the Australian government insisted it infringed on the Australian Red Cross’ logo.
Pressing for more details, Jacoby said Holden was not ready to make any announcements on the upcoming sports car, but reiterated it’s definitely on the way.
“You guys need a sports car over there, a Holden sports car,” he said.
“I think a brand like Holden, we need to maintain the sportiness, it’s in the genes. [That’s why] we will have a top-of-the-line sports car in Australia.”