Subtract the gee-whiz, show-car tricks (side exhaust, rear diffuser tray, flat-bottom steering wheel, etc.) and you are looking at the car we called the GMX282 program (AKA GTO) until March, 2005, when both this and the sedan version were cancelled. Remember we were going to build these in North America originally, not in Adelaide, which hurt the business case at that time.
I agree on the looks - this coupe is so well integrated from every view. Problem was, US Design was busy adding phoney hood scoops and other GTO "cues" right before the project was cancelled, which ruined the purity of the Holden design concept.
Kudos to Holden Design for showing this car finally, but it has some strikes against it on the road to production:
1. CAFE rules make cars like this seem like dinosaurs.Yes, it would be low-volume, so it wouldn't affect CAFE too much, but that argues against a reasonable business case for the project.
2. Since this was styled back in 2004 (yes, 2004), the public might reject this "old" design, just like they did the first-gen GTO, which had been on the Oz market for two years before we got it.
3. Chevy outmuscled Pontiac and displaced this coupe with their Camaro concept; is there room in the market (read: enough sales) for two GM coupes?