CHEV CAV­ALRY CAN’T SAVE THE V8

Herald Sun - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE CONFIDENTIAL - Twit­ter: @JoshuaDowl­ing

WITHIN days of Holden un­veil­ing the last lo­cally made Com­modore comes the con­fir­ma­tion Aussie fans have been dread­ing.

There will be no V8 in the next-gen­er­a­tion Com­modore, which is now all but con­firmed to come from Opel in Ger­many.

Gen­eral Mo­tors Asi­aPa­cific boss Ste­fan Ja­coby told Aus­tralian media in Frank­furt this week there would not be a V8 sedan in Holden’s fu­ture once the home­grown Com­modore goes out of pro­duc­tion in late 2017.

“The world ob­vi­ously is chang­ing and the V8 pe­riod is com­ing to an end,” Ja­coby says un­am­bigu­ously.

The 2018 Com­modore model is most likely to have four-cylin­der and V6 power, although Holden has still yet to con­firm this.

It has also yet to con­firm the Opel In­signia is our next Com­modore although Opel global boss Karl-Thomas Neu­man says he would be “proud” if Holden chose the In­signia to be the next Com­modore.

For now, that’s as close as we get to a con­fir­ma­tion.

Mean­while, there was a glim­mer of hope that the Amer­i­cans might save us. For the past two years we’ve been send­ing the Com­modore V8 to the US to sell as the Chevro­let SS.

There was a chance that if it sold well enough Chevro­let might cre­ate a V8 sedan suc­ces­sor loosely based on a Cadil­lac of some de­scrip­tion.

Ja­coby scratches that idea too, not an­swer­ing when asked if Aus­tralians will be able to buy a Com­modore that can do 0-100km/h in 4.9 sec­onds and cost $45,000 (as the latest SS does).

My read­ing: the next Com­modore per­for­mance flag­ship won’t be as quick as the cur­rent model, and it won’t be as cheap.

Sud­denly a Com­modore SS is start­ing to look like even more of a bar­gain.

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