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    Holden Has A V8 Sports Car Coming


    • Holden has a sports car to take the place of the Commodore V8 as their hero vehicle

    As the Holden Commodore and its variants ready for their final curtain call, there is the question of what would stand as the brand's hero car. Various GM executives have said the Australian brand would retain a V8 powered vehicle, most likely a sports car.

     

    The folks at CarAdvice were able to gleam a tiny bit of information about this new V8 vehicle. When asked if the sports car would compete with the Ford Mustang, Holden's executive director of sales, Peter Keley said it wouldn't.

     

    “No [when asked if the V8 sports car will be a Mustang competitor]. We’re not going to say anything specific about the vehicle. We are going to launch a V8 sports car and it will blow your socks off. We can’t talk specifics,” said Keley.

     

    'Blow your socks off". Big words for a vehicle that not much is known about. But Keley's answer has given us one big clue, it will not be a rebadged Camaro or be around the same size. There is talk about the Camaro coming to Australia if there is enough demand for it.

     

    We're going to put on our speculation hats for a moment and figure out what Holden has in store. Our guess is that Holden could do a successor to the Monaro coupe. Using the Alpha platform, the model would be slightly longer than the Camaro to have it stand-out from the Mustang. We would expect the 6.2L V8 from the Camaro with 455 horsepower and the choice of either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. We wouldn't be surprised if this coupe arrives in 2018 or sometime after.

     

    Source: CarAdvice

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    I would temper the Avista thoughts. 

     

    Unless GM has lied there is no time to get an Avista done in that short of a time. Remember it was only a styling concept an no engineering was done to it. The present show car just drives from the truck to the turn table. No interior was done either. It was printed. 

     

    Also GM has not made the Alpha RHD yet. Not even the Cadillac. That would take a 2nd gen Alpha that is in the works and not expected till about 2020. 

    I know more is going on here but some things are clear what it's not. 

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    If it's not a Mustang competitor (i.e. Camaro), then it can only be the Corvette. They'll probably price a base model at around $100,000.

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    I gather this sports car will be wearing a Holden badge.

     

    I doubt that it will be a Corvette as a Vette is a Chevy. Will always be a Chevy. Even the Cadillac XLR was known to everyone that its really a Vette...

    Also,  GM would have no problems announcing that the Vette will be sold down under as of  now  as a Vette sold down under would not be an explosive surprise.

    The only head turning thing about that is RHD on a Vette. Which is hardly shocking, it would be expected...

     

    Maybe Alpha II is coming to us sooner than we think?

    Before 2020?

    Say 2018 maybe?

     

    Or maybe 2020-2021 is when this Holden sports car is scheduled to launch anyway....maybe this sports car is NOT for today or tomorrow but for next week sometime...

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