Holden’s herr ap­par­ent

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - First Drive - JOSHUA DOWL­ING NA­TIONAL MO­TOR­ING EDI­TOR

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

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