Here’s how we’d do it
ONE OF the main problems the new top-spec Commodore faces is that it’s hard to get muscle-car fans excited about a V6, but we think the Cadillac ATS-V’s roaring twin-turbo 3.6-litre donk could change some minds. With a hefty 346kW it can launch the Caddy to 100km/h in less than five seconds, which we think should be plenty quick enough for the new Commo. Oh, and we’re going to need it to hook up to the six-speed manual.
THE LION’S ROAR
As we’ve seen with the likes of the Stinger, a dull exhaust note and engine sound can turn potential buyers straight off. Also like the Stinger, we’d like to see an Oz-only exhaust courtesy of HSV’s top men. Not that the ATS-V’s note isn’t already lovely.
Getting to grips with an all-wheel drive Commodore might take some getting used to, unless HSV can tweak the ZB’s Twinster system to inject a Focus RS-style rear bias. Still, MOTOR is going to miss HSVs smoking the rears.
FIX UP, LOOK SHARP
Not to say that the new Commodore is a bad looker, but it’s hardly as muscular as the likes of the VF Series II. And, as we’re talking HSV here, it’d need to live up to the aggro aesthetic a muscle car should exude. Black accents, mesh grilles, and rear wing – tick.
DEAL OR NO DEAL
We’re getting into uncharted territory here, as we’ve only just discovered how much the new Commodore will sell for. However, given the ZB VXR lists for $55,990, it’s tough to imagine an engine-swapped, powered-up HSV version listing for less than $70,000.