A prom dress or a formal gown would have been the appropriate attire
for this elegant and classy test drive. I felt too grimy after test
driving the other GM concept vehicles on a hot spring day in in
California's Tejon Ranch near Los Angeles to step into the BEAUTIFUL
Holden EFIGY Concept car!
My "driver' , ( no I did not get to drive it ..darn it), took me on a scenic drive through the Tejon Ranch countryside and gave me the low down on the EFIGY's key features.
Its supercharged 6.0-litre HSV engine produces 480kW of power and 775Nm of torque. The EFIGY is almost as long as a Statesman and as wide as a Hummer and yet has a lower roofline than a Monaro. It can be driven but only at low speeds because the Soprano Purple bodywork is made of fibreglass. Inside, the original FJ's humble valve radio has been replaced by a touch-screen display. Buttons on the center console, which control the four-speed auto transmission, replace the three-on-the-tree gearshift from 1953.
The ‘Soprano Purple’ dark paintwork emphasizes the EFIGY's curvaceous
long body, the EFIGY recalls classic design cues of the iconic 1953 FJ
Holden. The interior design is sleek and soft with luscious creamy
leather and a dreamy fantasy feeling, any princess would be very
comfortable and feeling rather like royalty in the Holden EFIGY!
For those unfamiliar with the Holden Marque, Holden is the GM division for Australia and New Zealand.
EFIGY is based on a brand new, state-of-the-art Chevrolet Corvette
underbody with advanced technological components. The EFIGY has been a
long-term dream realized for Chief Holden Designer Richard Ferlazzo,
the EFIGY concept was developed as a collaboration with suppliers which
reduced impact on the company’s heavy work schedule and ensured the
highest possible quality result for this show car.
Sadly, the EFIGY is not intended for production so ladies we will all only be able to dream, dream , dream!
Photo's courtesy of Jim Fets