List: Return of the G8? And 5 Other Aussies We Want
By Padraic O'Reilly
January 21, 2011
Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo – A performance sedan unlike anything Ford builds in America right now. The XR6 uses the turbo charged six cylinder to produce 360 horsepower and 393 pound-feet of torque and was also the first Australian car to achieve a 5 star rating in the Australasian New Car Assessment Program. We want one.
Ford Falcon XR8 – Everything we just said previously about the XR6, but with a V-8. Even though the car was discontinued last year, Aussies may see it again with the Mustang 5.0 powering it.
HSV Maloo R8 Ute – With the business front end of the Commodore and a flat bed back, what isn’t to like about this pseudo El Camino? This beast is putting out 425 horsepower and you could fit all the fixings for a proper beach barbecue into the back and one bikini babe in the front. It is an amazing thing, the combination of a car and a truck, all too rare in this post El Camino world. Worse, Pontiac once promised to bring the Ute to us, and then took the wonderful dream back before it was realized. Our heart still hurts.
Holden Combo – Sticking with the seamless blending of two great tastes for a second here, this freak of nature, named for it’s being the combination of two separate things, would be a welcome addition to our roads. Pretty much the only other car it would have to compete with, in the world of grocery delivery vans and mobile pizza ovens, would be the Ford Transit Connect. And if you owned one, your social calendar would be full to the brim with opportunities to help your friends move.
Holden Clubsport R8 – Sold in America for a short (wonderful) time as the Pontiac G8, this remodeled Commodore is as handsome as it is powerful. This is also the car this started this whole list, as we have been hearing rumblings for a little while about this car making a reemergence in the states on the wings of Chevy as the new standard cop car. But, we will see, rumblings after all. We all agree that it would be nice to have some version of the Commodore around, maybe a tourer version even. Who doesn’t love a powerful sport wagon? The answer is no one.
Rumors have been swirling about a Chevrolet-branded return of our favorite former Pontiac, the G8. We already know that GM is has tapped the Australian-market Commodore (nee G8) for its upcoming cop car offering, and new rumors indicate that a public version may be in the works, too, as a possible Caprice (with a Caprice SS for the power-hungry). We’re on record as being huge G8 fans, and think the possibility of this new Caprice is, in a word, bitchin’.
In fact there are a couple more Australian-market hotrods, from US-based automakers, that we’d dearly love to see imported here. Get your Oz on with our list above.