In the land down under, GM-owned subsidiary Holden has a long and noble past as a purveyor of awesome muscle cars. Under the Holden Special Vehicles division, which just celebrated 25 years with a special edition Commodore, Australians with heavy wallets can buy some of the fastest and most fun cars on any continent, despite sharing many motors and parts with some other more run-of-the-mill GM products.
While it is usually us Americans pining for the off-limits Holden vehicles like the Commodore, apparently Holden engineers have been greedily eyeing the 570 horsepower 6.2 liter LSA engine from the Camaro ZL1. GoAuto reports that Holden may be working on a way to shoehorn the supercharged V8 engine into the new HSV F Series Clubsport sedan based on the Holden Commodore.
Holden dealers are currently awaiting the new VF series of Commodore sedans, due out in 2013. With rivals like Ford Performance Vehicle division turning up the horsepower heat, Holden needs more power under the hood to compete. Rumor has it that with the 570 horsepower LSA engine under the hood, these new Commodore sedans can blaze a trail from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds.
In addition, the new Commodore will reportedly share several weight-saving technologies with the next Camaro. This includes an aluminum hood and electronically-assisted power steering, which will help these new muscle cars comply with fuel economy standards as well.
Does that mean a LSA-equipped Commodore, under the Chevy SS sedan name, might be in America’s future as well? We won’t hold our breath…but we won’t count it out either.