A Holden Commodore SS, or more correctly, a Pontiac G8 GXP has been spotted testing at the Ring. The Aussie derived saloon, sporting Victorian number plates, has set a lap time of 8 minutes 30 seconds. The time was set by a GM engineer, not a professional racing driver, and looking at a list of Nordschleife lap times can count among its peers the Audi S5 (8:24), Nissan 350Z (8:26) and Honda NSX (8:38). Not too shabby considering the car’s US$40K expected price tag.
It’s pretty cool seeing Australian registration plates circulating at the Nürburgring too. Although seeing them on a “Commodore” was not quite as surprising as seeing some Vic plates on a Camaro back in April.
Check out the Jalopnik link below for more images of the big Aussie sedan in action.