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Holden VE Commodore SS V-Series Special Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

We kind of have the Aussies to thank for it, so we guess it's all right that they get to keep it... but we can still be jealous. Four months ago General Motors' Down-Under division unveiled the Holden VE Commodore SS V-Series Special Edition, essentially a Commodore with the front end from the late Pontiac G8, minus the Pontiac badges.

The old company line was that they would be made until the parts ran out. Then buyers started tripping over themselves to buy the sedan at a $1,000 Australian premium ($923 U.S.). The new company line is that Holden will offer the G8 look "indefinitely," for the same premium. Dealers have also been ordering Pontiac and G8 badges to make the no-longer-limited-edition sedans closer to the real Yankee thing. The package will remain available on the three models in the line: Pontiac G8 SS-V ute, sedan, and wagon, all of which come with a manual transmission. Have a look at Australian fortune in the high-res gallery below, and excuse us while we drown our frustrations with the nearest hammer.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      I blame this mess on automotive journalists. Auto journalists were busy talking about various inconsequential items such as the orange info screen, etc. These issues were played up so much that people stopped buying the car. The basic goodness and performance of this fine automobile will be given to those who show a grateful and gracious appreciation of fine autos. The average auto journalist is too arrogant, self-centered, and village minded to be able to recognize a good thing when it is plunked down at his doorstep. Then after it is gone, the auto journalists whine and cry and demand it back. This is an object lesson about car companies in general. They are out to make money and do business. They do not exist just to make the auto journalist happy. When you see a good car, say it is a good car next time!!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        It was not so much them but more so on GM for not marketing the car properly. I would see alot more G6 commercials than I would G8 in comparison for instance on normal network Tv. I'd even go so far as to say there was no commericials for the G8 on network Tv but only on Speed Channel.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Which is why they never should have dropped the Bonneville, Grand Am, Grand Prix names. G3, G5, G6, G8, how the h**l can you get excited about a name like that? Sounds like a world economic conference.

        G8 Ute, wagon and sedan, Solstice, + a GTO or Firebird on the Camaro chassis = resurgence of Pontiac.

        I still love my 170,000 mile 2001 Bonneville, even though it's a base V6 former rental car. The thing still runs great!
        • 5 Years Ago
        You forget that auto journalists are among the few people who could tell the difference between a G8 and a G6 sedan.

        Pontiac forgot that customers have to be able to tell the difference between the cheap sedan and the expensive sedan if you want them to choose the more expensive one. Sure, there are enthusiasts who know what 'V8' and 'performance' really mean...but that is not who Pontiac really catered to.
        • 5 Years Ago
        + 1,000
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe Bring Back Pontiac? .com? hahaha Well you're at it bring back the Solstice too..... Just those two....is that too much to ask for?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pitty this thing cant much it with its natural competior here in Australia... the FG Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo...

      Let alone the FPV F6 310...
      • 5 Years Ago
      well the latest news is that we're getting the Commodore rebadged as a Chevy and Australia is getting the Camaro.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wonder whether they will make a civilian version of the Chevy Caprice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Quite good looking car, much better than any Chevy bar the Camaro of course
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not a Corvette fan, huh?
      • 5 Years Ago
      We wanted their fascia, I guess they want ours? The grass really is greener on the other side, eh?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Chris O.

        ALL G8 GXPs have the LS3 engine whether Stick or Auto. Only difference between a stick or auto GXP is the obvious transmission, either the Tremec TR6060 or the usual 6L80e seen in other G8s, and the rear gears attached to the other end of the drive shaft from the transmission, 3.27s for the auto and 3.70s for the stick.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Slizzo:

        Oops. My mistake... I had read that the auto GXPs were going to AFM. That would have meant an L99, but I guess that didn't happen.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Mark Ryan:

        I got one of the G8 GTs when they first came out. The L76 has enough power to be fun, but I just really didn't like the auto. I think I would have been more than happy, had they just offered the MT on the GT. As it turned out, I sold my GT and got a GXP when they came out. Pontiac ended up making about 1800 GXPs, but I'm not sure what the L99/LS3 split was.

        I'll tell you this, though... I have the LS3 with the Tremec 6060. The stock clutch in the GXP sucks - I switched it out for a Textralia unit after 5,000 miles. The supercharger, cam and headers were worthwhile upgrades, too :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        The VE's been on sale here since 2006, & the exterior hasn't changed. If you're changing your car every 2-3 years then getting exactly the same thing sucks. Thankfully the wagon was launch between my first 2007 and my current 2009- both SSV's.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's an exporter that sells a full VE body conversion for the G8 for about $2000. I'm kinda interested, but am not completely sure that the replacement hood would clear my TVS2300 (it sits on the top of the LS3).
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're absolutely right. Shortly after I purchased my G8 GT, I started looking for exhaust reviews on forums. Quite a few owners were looking to convert their Pontiacs into Holdens.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Er, scratch that. I forgot the GXP actually got out the gates before Pontiac got axed. A shame the GT never got a manual shift...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I forgot they made Holden Station Wagons, that thing looks cool. Chevy should have just made this the new Impala like they do in other countries.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As a Pontiac owner still morning I want to simply say, "Oh this is some bull****."
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still love how they said they wont do rebadging yet GMC is still around. I still believe if they marketed the car on other channels beyond that of Speed Channel and hyped the fact it was on par with the M5 it would of sold boat loads, especially for those who wanted power and some refinement but didnt wish to purchase a big ticketed BMW. Oh well guess we'll have to make due with Buicks and rebadged Chevy's/Cadi's from GMC.

      Down Under is looking like a better place to live if your a car nut.. although I'm also a gaming nut so I couldnt stand living there half the time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like this car. Although, I've heard it does not have a space for spare tire.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't bother, Pace Performance offers the kit at a very reasonable price (less than dealers and JHP).
        • 5 Years Ago
        By default, the car comes with a can of sealer, and a 12V inflation pump. It was a weight-saving choice, from what I understand.

        You can get a space-saver spare and a scissor jack from the dealer, though (I think it's about $300US).

      • 5 Years Ago
      It's still such a shame it's not coming back as a Chevy. It might be badge engineering but that's not necessarily a bad thing as long as it is the only version being sold in a market.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Like the G8 wasn't badge engineering the first place...
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