Speculative vision of what HSV could be planning next

HSV has signed off local production with an epic LS9-powered Commodore, but what will happen next year when the Aussie-made Holden Commodore is gone?

Our rendering guru has gone to town on images of the 2018 Holden Commodore and added a stack of HSV-ness.

Tim Jackson, the boss of HSV, told CarAdvice that HSV is prepared for life beyond the locally produced Holden Commodore.

“There’s no guarantees, but [I’m] pretty confident,” Jackson said.

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“I think there’s a job to do. We have to transform the business – that’s the reality – because we’ve had a fairly comfortable existence around building effectively, Australian-built, rear-wheel-drive V8s, and that world’s ending. But we always want to deliver aspirational vehicles, that’s what we do well.”

If we had to speculate, we'd expect HSV to work toward slotting a turbocharged V6 engine from the Cadillac range under the bonnet of the new Commodore liftback and Commodore Sportwagon.

Producing 346kW of power and 600Nm of torque, the 3.6-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine will dash from 0-100km/h in just 3.8 seconds. It can be had with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox.

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Both the Commodore liftback and Commodore Sportwagon will be built with the availability of all-wheel drive, meaning that these engines could deliver some serious performance figures.

Braking would be taken care of by HSV's huge AP Racing rotor and caliper package to ensure maximum stopping power.

Do you think that HSV has the legs to produce a mean enough version of the 2018 Holden Commodore to sway your purchase?