Fans of the Holden Monaro could be in for a treat before the decade is out, as new reports suggest a new halo Holden performer is heading ‘down under’.
Speaking with Australian press in Detroit this week, GM executive Stefan Jacoby confirmed plans for a model that would “truly fit the requirements of a true Holden sports car”.
Could this be a new Opel-sourced hot hatch? Many lion fans would argue that doesn’t quite fit the bill for a “true Holden sports car”.
It seems Jacoby agrees: asked if a V8 engine would supply power, he said “mostly likely, yes”.
We should not of course expect that new model to wear a Monaro badge, and it would most certainly not be the current Camaro.
In early 2013, former GM boss Dan Akerson told media that the new Corvette, revealed in January of that year, would be built in right-hand-drive for a global production schedule - including Australia.
It wasn’t long, however, before the General began to pedal furiously in reverse, denying any plans for a right-hook Corvette.
There has since been little in the way of confirmation that a global Corvette launch is on the cards, but Jacoby’s comments this week could be the first clue of an expanded production plan.
However, if GM is to bring just one new dedicated performance car to Australia, the next Camaro would be a safer bet.
As a direct rival to Ford’s new Mustang, which will make its Australian debut this year, the new Camaro would sit neatly alongside whichever imported model Holden eventually offers as a replacement for the Commodore range in 2018.
The Camaro had previously been withheld from Australia due to the lack of a right-hand-drive design - GM prioritised a convertible model instead, and the global financial crisis limited the company’s options at the time.
The next model, however, is expected to finally include a right-hook option, making the model more desireable in the UK (although left-hand-drive versions can be had there), while also opening the door to an Australian launch.
Until now, Holden had carefully held tight to its predictable “we do not comment on future models” line. Could Stefan Jacoby’s comments this week be the first genuine hint of a local Camaro launch?
Time will tell. But, to be sure, you’d best lodge your interest with the nearest Holden dealer.