Does an HSV V8 Version of Cadillac’s CTS Make Sense?

This is an artist’s impression of what a Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) edition of a V8-powered Cadillac CTS could look like – if they ever made one, that is.

Holden will wind down its Australian manufacturing operations in 2017, but the GM brand’s HSV division will live on beyond that date. We know it will continue in the performance-car industry, but which GM models it will tune remains a mystery.

We’ve heard all sorts of rumors, from developing and building high-performance versions of Holden’s imported range like the Cruze and even the alleged, North American-built replacement for the Chevrolet SS, to pumping up future Cadillac models.

None of this has been confirmed, but there’s no harm in using your imagination, especially if you can put it on paper, or rather on your PC screen, like Australian industrial designer, Michael Gray, did with his HSV version of the Cadillac CTS.

“Over the past 26 years, Holden Special Vehicles has become an Australian institution,” says Grey.

“Considering that a local RWD Commodore will no longer be available to use as base vehicle for future HSV models, I rendered this concept; using the Cadillac CTS as a base, customizing and tuning it locally to create a mid-size HSV-branded RWD V8 sedan. This is something that I believe HSV could and should do in the near future,” he added

Go ahead and check it out below before you tell us what you think about it in the comments.

Renderings courtesy of Michael Grey

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  • Zandit75

    I worry where some of these kids are getting their inspirations from these days.
    I can imagine HSV having a crack at Caddy’s, but not like this, it’s an abomination!

  • That Ross Chap

    If it looks like this no. Not for those blessed with the gift of sight, no

  • yo

    holden is dead. get over it

  • BrianDH

    Well, yes, that’s in interesting design exercise. Thank you to the designer – always good to keep our imaginations fertile!
    On a more practical note, I just hope they put the splendiferous 8-speed Cadillac tranny in the GTS a year or two prior to the demise. Now THAT would be sending a great car out on a high note! (at least 0.5 quicker for the 0-100k’s too)

  • Alx

    Whole lot of issues here, from nasal to the rear kind…

  • nickolai

    kill it with fire!!!

  • Guest

    this

  • Guest

    mmmm

  • ChrisInIL

    They can’t make a Cadillac more hideous….oh wait….I stand corrected.

  • SetNick

    Um, I’d take mine in a wagon please.

  • john1168

    That thing is hideous!

  • Six_Tymes

    nope, try again.

  • AussieJiff

    The first part is right, ‘start with the CTS-V’ I’m sure HSV can come up with a better looking design than the one shown, but they are on the right track ! I’ll be buying a GTS with manual trans. ‘ just because you can ‘ before they become extinct. 430 Kw and manual – stuff dreams are made of , and its legal in all states and NZ !!

  • Stacey Rawiri-Flavell

    Where can one of these in Australia ?

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