Holden’s herr apparent
WE’RE at Holden’s top-secret Lang Lang proving ground on the outskirts of Melbourne and before us, beneath the disguise, lies the Holden Commodore of the future.
It won’t arrive in showrooms until 2018 but Holden has invited the media into its inner sanctum for a sneak peek and a brief preview drive of the German car that will replace our homegrown hero after almost 40 years of local production.
There are just two cars, valued at nearly $500,000 each because they are prototypes built by hand.
Holden minders say they are only “65 per cent” of the way to being showroom ready; the steering and the suspension are yet to be finessed and much of the cabin plastics are unfinished.
Under the bonnet is a V6 — the controversial petrol and diesel four-cylinder engines are