GM’s Holden brand is already winding down domestic production in the Land Down Under, with a full halt of operations planned for 2017. While the Holden name itself will live on, legendary cars like the Commodore and HSV GTS will no longer be built as GM seeks to bring over and rebadge products from cheaper manufacturing bases. But before that happens, Holden has plans to go out with a bang, not a whimper.
This potentially includes allocating some leftover, 638 horsepower LS9 engines from the Corvette ZR1 of the C6 vintage. According to Drive, GM has a limited number of these left, but they could find their way into the the ultimate Holden Commodore, the HSV GTS-R, as a final fitting tribute to a legendary Australian muscle car.
There are supposedly fewer than 200 LS9 engines leftover in GM’s warehouse, though that may not be the only parts Holden tries to source from the C6 ZR1. The report also says that the carbon-ceramic brakes of the Corvette supercar may be paired with the final GTS-R, giving Holden a way to thank its performance-minded customers for their decades of loyalty.
Nothing is set in stone yet though, and GM officials aren’t making any public comments on the matter. We needn’t wait long, as GM has already publicly announced that domestic Holden production will cease by the end of 2017, leaving just a narrow window for these Corvette-powered Commodores to make their big debut. It’s without a doubt a bittersweet ending for a storied brand, but it’s much better to go out with a big bang than a lingering whimper, and we can think of no bigger bang than the LS9.