LESS THAN A MONTH away from its launch, images of HSV's E Series 2 GTS have supposedly been leaked onto the internet.
So far commentary has been generally negative, with most failing to warm to the new design's radical styling. However, HSV spokesman Simon Frost suggests that people should not instantly assume the images are of the actual production car.
"Pictures and commentary purporting to show the final design and specification of HSV's E-Series 2 should be treated with caution," Mr Frost said.
The images do appear to have come from HSV's design offices, but may have been created as styling mock-ups during the E Series 2's development. Final production imagery of the current FPV FG range were infamously found in a dumpster ahead of that model's launch, but Mr Frost says such carelessness would not have been the culprit here.
While HSV remains tight-lipped about these images, there are at least a few design elements that sync up with the last official teaser video we saw.
The rear light clusters are largely unchanged, and the twin-nostril bonnet from the Pontiac G8 is widely tipped to be grafted onto the HSV's snout. LED daytime running lamps were also rumoured to feature on the next-gen HSV range.
As for the prominent jawline sported by the vehicles in these images, that may or may not make it to the showroom.
The HSV E Series 2 range will be officially unveiled on September 9