Drivers Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen took the covers off the new car floating on a barge at Farm Cove.

“In my world,” Whincup said, “I consider today a very big deal. We’re not only showing our supporters our 2018 livery, we’re unveiling the new-look, next-generation Commodore supercar. It’s pretty special to be able to do that in this incredible setting.

“We’ve decided to really change it up with the colour scheme this year, which looks awesome on the new body shape. We’re obviously hoping it’s a rocket, but I guess we’ll find out in Adelaide in just a few weeks’ time.”

The new and yet-to-be released Commodore ZB is the first fully imported Commodore in the wake of the closure of local manufacturing. It is also the first Commodore hatchback.