Here’s how we’d do it

Motor (Australia) - - SWEET DREAM -

CADDY SHACK-UP

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.

SE­RI­OUSLY BI­ASED

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.