Sweet Dream

HSV’s post-Com­modore fu­ture starts with the Ca­maro

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IT’S A ner­vous time for the crew from Clay­ton. Oh sure, there’s still a good 12 months or so be­fore HSV’s sup­ply of Com­modores dries up, and given just how damn good the cur­rent crop of cars is, it’s a given that it’ll sell ev­ery sin­gle car it can.

Hav­ing Aus­tralia’s fastest car in the GTS cer­tainly doesn’t hurt, ei­ther. But what next? HSV’s rai­son d’être has al­ways been Com­modore con­ver­sions. It’s dab­bled in smaller stuff – re­mem­ber the VXR front­driver? – and made noises about hav­ing irons in the fire to sur­vive the most mo­men­tous shift in its busi­ness model since 1988. As it hap­pens, we’ve got an idea…

Gen­eral Mo­tors has this lit­tle rig called a Chevro­let Ca­maro ZL1. You’ve heard of it; big V8 in the front, driv­ing wheels down the back, goes like a cut cat with a 6.2litre blown V8 stuck to it. Our plan? HSV-ise it.

Right-hook con­ver­sions are a snap nowa­days with 3D-printed com­gen re­flected dash pieces mak­ing the task much sim­pler, while some good ol’ Aussie know-how in the chas­sis and driv­e­train depart­ment will def­i­nitely bring out the best in one of ’Murica’s favourite sons.

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