Holden Special Vehicles has long held a history with the Holden Commodore. Since 1987, HSV has been responsible for creating serious performance machines from more standard Commodore.
However, with local manufacturing coming to an end soon, HSV’s future looked bleak. Holden has yet to officially confirm it, but the 2018 Commodore will also very likely be sourced from Opel, and ride on General Motors’ front-wheel, all-wheel drive E2XX platform.
This makes it an interesting time for the Commodore nameplate, but HSV has opened up to GoAuto, stating it would certainly still like to work with Holden directly for future hopped up sedans.
“We will certainly be looking to offer a Commodore-based product,” HSV marketing and product planning general manager Damon Paull said.
“Holden has come out and said they are going to call it Commodore, whatever they end up importing. We’ll certainly work closely with them to see if we can build a business case, which we are 100-percent confident we can, that fits performance, design and innovation and fulfills customer expectation.”
While no one knows what could sit under the hood of a future HSV Commodore, twin-turbo V6s are likely for the E2XX-based sedan. Just don’t count on a V8 making its way under the hood this go around. That will be saved for a mysterious V8 powered, rear-wheel drive sports car Holden has yet to shed any light on.