The V8 pe­riod is com­ing to an end

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man who put the sword through the Holden Com­modore is now pre­dict­ing the end of V8 en­gines.

Ste­fan Ja­coby, the head of in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tions for Gen­eral Mo­tors, says that Holden buy­ers will have to ac­cept new tech­nol­ogy, such as the twin-turbo V6 that’s now be­ing de­vel­oped for a po­ten­tial fu­ture in V8 Su­per­cars rac­ing af­ter 2017.

“Th­ese kind of tra­di­tional pow­er­trains, I know they are very charm­ing and very at­trac­tive – and I like the sound as well – but the times are hon­estly over,” Ja­coby said in Septem­ber at the Frank­furt mo­tor show.

“The world is ob­vi­ously chang­ing and the V8 pe­riod is com­ing to an end. And the rear-wheel drive is dif­fi­cult to jus­tify on a sin­gle ded­i­cated ar­chi­tec­ture for Aus­tralia.

“So there are many, many rea­sons why you should switch to a new tech­nol­ogy by re­ally pro­vid­ing the same ex­pec­ta­tions (that) cus­tomers have with to­day’s Com­modore with the next gen­er­a­tion.

“Our main in­ten­tion is to have a true Com­modore suc­ces­sor which en­ables, with mod­ern tech­nol­ogy, the same fun-to-drive, the same sporti­ness, the same ‘I’m the com­man­der of the road with Com­modore’. That’s the main in­ten­tion right now.”

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