Behold: The fastest, most powerful vehicle built in Australia.
Holden is working on a twin-turbo V6 version.
They're joined by an Aston, a Cadillac, and more.
Farewell rear-drive Commodore, you'll be missed.
It won't be rear wheel drive, but Holden says it's trying to make sure this German Commodore lives up to its namesake.
The last HSV-branded Commodore is poised to be the greatest one ever.
The addition of the 6.2-liter LS3 V8 makes the VF Series II the quickest, most powerful version of the Holden Commodore yet in the 37-year history of the line.
Holden Special Vehicles is reportedly developing a very fond farewell to the Commodore in Australia. The muscle car experts Down Under are trying to stuff the Corvette ZR1's 638-horsepower, supercharged V8 into the engine bay for a very limited edition.
GM's Australian brand revives an iconic shooting brake name in wagon and ute form, surfers rejoice.
Holden Special Vehicles releases the luxed-out, amped-up Holden Senator SV to only 52 lucky customers Down Under, complete with 6.2-liter LS3 V8.
Australia Day, the country's national holiday, is the perfect time to celebrate two of the country's less traditional V8 muscle machines. Watch as a Holden Commodore SS V Redline Sportwagon and Ute SS smoke their tires to race around a skid pad and haul a barbecue set.
If you need the extra convenience of four doors but don't want to give up the thrill of high performance, the Chevrolet SS represents a potent package. The exterior is understated and the design certainly doesn't scream about the 415-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 hiding beneath the hood. Unfortunately, there are some questions about how long this muscle sedan will last.
Even if it only ever made it Stateside as a coupe (Pontiac GTO) and sedan (Chevy SS), GM's Australian division Holden offers its Commodore in a number of bodystyles: sedan, wagon, even a truck-bedded ute. And what's more, Aussie buyers can (for now, at least) even get each of those bodystyles in HSV performance spec. The one version we haven't seen thus far is a shooting brake, but now Holden, Triple Eight Race Engineering and Red Bull Racing Australia have teamed up to present this bonkers, one
Craig Lowndes is a household name in Australia. One of its most accomplished domestic racing drivers, Lowndes has racked up an impressive array of checkered flags over the course of his 20 years on the grid, and now Holden is celebrating his career with a special-edition muscle car you see here.
On a recent jaunt to Australia, we got behind the wheel of a Holden Commodore SS-V Redline. We've been looking forward to driving not a Holden, but the Holden, the Commodore, ever since we visited Australia for the first time in 1994 and saw a Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) Commodore parked like a magazine-spread model in a driveway next to a house on a bluff. It was an indifferent, unavailable and previously unknown exotic.
Big changes are afoot at Holden. After General Motors opted to shut down its only plants Down Under, its Australian subsidiary is shifting from a manufacturer to an importer of automobiles. The question on everyone's mind, then, has been whether Detroit would keep its Australian nameplates in place, or replace them with global ones.
When you look at a Holden Commodore, you're not likely to see a "green" car staring back at you. (That is, assuming you're in Australia where the Commodore is sold. Or in the UK where you can get a Vauxhall VXR8. Or here in the US where it's rebadged as a Chevy SS or before that as a Pontiac G8 or GTO.) It is, in many cases after all, a big, rear-drive V8 muscle sedan. Not, in other words, known for its frugal sipping of fuel. But that didn't have to be the case.