Play­ing the name game

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle News -

Re­mem­ber these names – Mag­num, Di­rec­tor and Mo­tor­sport Edi­tion. They will be­come vi­tally im­por­tant in 2017 when they are ap­plied to the last run of Holden Com­modores.

Holden is not ready to con­firm the badge busi­ness yet, and will prob­a­bly try to keep its choices a se­cret for sev­eral months, but in­sid­ers at Fish­er­mans Bend say the name game is a done deal.

The Mo­tor­sport Edi­tion will be the fi­nal SS, Mag­num will be used for the ute, and – in a con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion that taps back to the car that trig­gered the split be­tween Peter Brock and Holden in the 1980s – the Di­rec­tor will be the last ver­sion of the lux­ury Calais.

Over at Holden Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles, it’s an open se­cret that its fi­nal hero car will be called the GTS-R.

It will be pow­ered by the LS9 en­gine from the pre­vi­ous-gen­er­a­tion Chevro­let Corvette, which means 476 kilo­Watts from a su­per­charged 6.2-litre V8 en­gine.

Yet, de­spite a se­ries of leaks from Clay­ton that all-but con­firm the de­tails, HSV owner Ryan Walkin­shaw is re­fus­ing to con­firm any of his fu­ture plans for the com­pany.

“We’re got noth­ing to re­port at the mo­ment,” Ryan Walkin­shaw told Aus­tralian Mus­cle Car at Bathurst in the lat­est of a se­ries of dead-bat chats. “We’re still work­ing on a few deals. Yes, we have a plan but we’re not ready yet to talk about it.”

The clock is def­i­nitely run­ning down, though, as Holden still owns the HSV name and the con­tract be­tween the two com­pa­nies is re­port­edly com­ing up for re­newal in the mid­dle of next year.

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