It’s almost like a running gag — a senior General Motors executive announced a Holden V8 sports car two years ago, but since then, there has been zero further information, until today.
During our chat with Stefan Jacoby, GM’s executive vice president and president of General Motors International, Jacoby hosed down questions about the sports car, despite being the guy who first raised it around two years ago.
“Please be a little bit patient, it’s only 2017. It will not take eight years,” Jacoby said.
And, to put his comments into context, he originally said this about the car in 2014.
“It will be most likely a V8, it will be a sports car and it will be a global car,” said Jacoby.
“It will be something which truly fulfils the requirement of a true Holden sports car. We will bring a true sports car to Australia for the brand portfolio. It is not currently in production.”
The equation changed somewhat today, with an exclusive announcement that information about the sports car will be coming soon, very soon. And, in addition to that, there’s a chance there could be more than one across different segments.
Holden’s director of communications, Sean Poppitt sat down with CarAdvice today and revealed that while it has been a long time in the making, more information is just around the corner.
“We’re getting much, much closer and there will be something to talk about soon. Is there only going to be one? Maybe there’s two? Maybe there’s different segments. I can’t really give any more away and keep my job,” Poppitt said.
We already know that it won’t be a Ford Mustang competitor, which suggests the illustrious sports car could actually be plucked from the depths of Corvette or Cadillac’s range of vehicles, given the Camaro is a Mustang competitor.
Given it’s going to be a global sports car, it would need to be produced in right-hand drive at the factory to be shipped to other right-hand drive markets like the United Kingdom and South Africa.
If it does come from a Corvette or Cadillac origin, be prepared to pay big dollars. Both the Corvette and Cadillac performance ranges start from around US$55,000.
While we don’t know exact timing, it exists within Holden’s strategy to launch 24 new models by 2020, meaning it can’t launch beyond 2020, which is now under three years away.
If you had the chance to pluck a product from the General Motors global line up, which car would it be?