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“Sports car enthusiasts want either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive”

Paul Anderson, via Facebook

Just going through a copy of MOTOR from March this year and saw Holden may be importing the Buick Avista with a V6 twinturbo.

Sounds like it’s 25 years behind the Nissan GT-R if you ask me. It also is a bit like the Holden Torana TT36 Concept of 2004.

Anyone remember that? (We do, check out page 146 for a blast from the past – Ed.) It was a hit in Australia and why is that? Not because it was hot pink, but because it was rear-wheel drive and it was a Torana. I bet if they made the Cruze rear-wheel drive and called it a Torana it would sell like hot cakes.

Also on Holden, MOTOR said the Opel GT the Holden GTR-X prototype from the ’70s.

Did that make production? No. The same will happen with this one. Why? It will be front-wheel drive. When was the last time a front-wheel drive was successful as a sports car? Lotus Elan? No. Ford Capri? No.

The Ford Capri came out about the same time as the MX-5 and look what is still selling big time today? Not the Ford. Why is that? Rear-wheel drive, that’s why. Do you think the Toyota 86 or Subaru BRZ would have worked if it was front-wheel drive?

Hell no. Come on carmakers. Sports car enthusiasts want either rear-wheel drive Just going through a copy of MOTOR from March this year and saw Holden may be importing the Buick Avista with a V6 twinturbo.

Sounds like it’s 25 years behind the Nissan GT-R if you ask me. It also is a bit like the Holden Torana TT36 Concept of 2004.

Anyone remember that? (We do, check out page 146 for a blast from the past – Ed.) It was a hit in Australia and why is that? Not because it was hot pink, but because it was rear-wheel drive and it was a Torana. I bet if they made the Cruze rear-wheel drive and called it a Torana it would sell like hot cakes.

Also on Holden, MOTOR said the Opel GT could also be a car it could make. Looks like the Holden GTR-X prototype from the ’70s.

Did that make production? No. The same will happen with this one. Why? It will be front-wheel drive. When was the last time a front-wheel drive was successful as a sports car? Lotus Elan? No. Ford Capri? No.

The Ford Capri came out about the same time as the MX-5 and look what is still selling big time today? Not the Ford. Why is that? Rear-wheel drive, that’s why. Do you think the Toyota 86 or Subaru BRZ would have worked if it was front-wheel drive?

Hell no. Come on carmakers. Sports car enthusiasts want either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Let’s give the people what they want. I bet if Proton brought out a rear-drive car, no matter what engine it had, it would outsell anything on the market.

Toyota has woken up, thank God. Now it’s time for other carmakers to wake up as well!

“Sports car enthusiasts want either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive”