Playing the name game
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.