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A Holden-sourced hotrod for the U.S. has all but been confirmed by GM after an OnStar slipup and the resulting media storm, but official details are still just out of reach. Even without that information, there’s a reasonable argument to be made that the rear-drive Chevrolet SS will be less than prolific.
Miss the Pontiac G8? Hate getting stuck in traffic? Or if you’re like me, do you have an unnecessary Blues Brothers fixation? (“Fix the cigarette lighter.”) Well, has a Maryland Chevrolet dealer got a deal for you!
You gotta get the luck of the draw, however. A Maryland dealer is eschewing GM’s rules and selling the Chevrolet Caprice to civilians—but just 13 of them. The Caprice was Chevrolet’s continuation of the Holden Commodore, the Australian-built sedan that was last seen here as the Pontiac G8. It’s sold to police departments as a squad car only, but there’s no formal regulations in place to prevent this dealer from selling them to the general public.
The 13 cars are detective’s models, which means that they feature such conveniences as chromatic paint colors and alloy wheels, and the dealer has added power windows and seats. They are listing for anywhere between $31,000 to $37,000—and for Chevrolet’s only rear-drive, V8 sedan in production, it’s not too bad.
The cars are all US-certified and meet emissions and safety standards. If other Chevrolet dealers pay attention, maybe those 13 buyers won’t be the only ones in America with cop cars—and maybe it’ll motivate GM to release the Caprice for the civilian market in general.
For those unfamiliar with the “Donk, Box, and Bubble” trend, here’s a quick tutorial. Donk: A late 1970′s coupe or convertible, generally a GM product, such as a Monte Carlo or Cutlass Coupe, lifted, on hilariously oversized wheels. Box: A mid-1980′s Chevrolet Caprice, lifted, on hilariously oversized wheels. Bubble: A 1990′s Chevrolet Caprice, lifted, on hilariously oversized wheels.
The first time we saw one of these rolling down the street (in South Beach, of course), we thought it must have been someone’s idea of a joke. Car guys can have a sense of humor, right? Wrong. These guys are serious, and although their cars look like roller skates, they clearly have money to throw into their rides. Case and point: the following video, where in a matter of 30 seconds a Box owner completely destroys a set of rear tires. A quick check on Tire Rack reveals that these tires cost nearly $1,200 each. Is YouTube immortality worth $2,400? Hit the jump to find out.
Calling the Pontiac G8 “Too good to waste,” GM’s new product boss, Bob Lutz, has just announced that the car will live on, rebadged as a Chevrolet Caprice. The news comes as a surprise, considering GM’s CEO Fritz Henderson has been unwavering in his insistence that the car would be eliminated from the New GM.
Apparently part of the reason for the move is due to the fact that GM has an internal agreement with Holden, the Australian arm of the company that makes and sells the car as the Commodore in its home market. Currently GM sells the Comodore in markets like the middle east badged as a Chevy.
Lutz did not say if the new body style would be available for the U.S. market by 2010, of if consumers would have to wait until 2011.
So while GM looks to pave a new future full of green cars, it appears as though old-man-Lutz still wants General Motors to build cars for performance enthusiasts. He even said that a high-performance “V” version of the upcoming Cadillac CTS Coupe is still a possibility.
In addition, Lutz even commented that a “V” version of the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon was not completely out of the question. “I’m sure we’ll build at least one,” he said.
[Source: Automobile Magazine]