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Holden and HSV bid final g'bye to iconic Commodore


With production set to wrap-up in October after almost 39 years, General Motors' Australian division, Holden, has revealed final pricing details of its iconic Commodore range, while its in-house tuner, Holden Special Vehicles (HSV), has introduced a fire breathing farewell tribute of its own.

Commodore range

Introduced in 2013 carrying the VF designation, final changes to the Commodore range are mostly cosmetic with some models featuring subtly revised levels of standard spec.

While the entry-level Evoke remains unchanged, the next step SV6 gains satellite navigation, Heads-Up Display and black 19-inch alloy wheels, with the same applying to the V8-engine SS. The flagship SS-V Redline meanwhile gets black finishes on the grille, front wings and mirrors, as well as daytime-running LEDs, black spoiler on sedan models, V embossed door sills, Jade Black interior inserts and a black nudge bar on Ute models.

On the luxury side, the standard Calais benefits from satellite navigation as standard, while the V8-powerd Calais V gets 19-inch alloy wheels, Jet Black leather interior, V door sills and the Redline's perforated leather steering wheel. The flagship Caprice V remains mostly as is with the sole addition being the latter steering wheel.

Engines choices are unchanged with power in the Evoke coming from a 3.0-litre V6 developing 185 kW and 290 N.m of torque, while the SV6 and Calais make do with a 3.6-litre V6 producing 210 kW and 350 N.m of torque. A six-speed automatic is standard fitment on all models.

SS, SS-V Redline, Calais, Calais V and Caprice V models however make do with a 6.2-litre LS3 V8 developing 304 kW and 570 N.m of torque, with the formers offering both a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic, and the latter trio only the self shifter.




Sedan AT 185 kW / 290 N.m $35 490 (R363 520)
Sportwagon AT 185 kW / 290 N.m $37 490 (R384 006)
Ute AT 185 kW / 290 N.m $33 490 (R343 034)



Sedan AT 210 kW / 350 N.m $40 490 (R414 734)
Sportwagon AT 210 kW / 350 N.m $42 490 (R435 220)
Ute AT 210 kW / 350 N.m $37 190 (R380 933)



Sedan 304 kW / 570 N.m $47 490 (R486 435)
Sedan AT 304 kW / 570 N.m $49 690 (R508 969)
Sportwagon AT 304 kW / 570 N.m $51 690 (R529 455)
Ute 304 kW / 570 N.m $43 990 (R450 584)
Ute AT 304 kW / 570 N.m $46 190 (R473 119)


SS-V Redline

Sedan 304 kW / 570 N.m $54 990 (R563 256)
Sedan AT 304 kW / 570 N.m $57 190 (R585 791)
Sportwagon AT 304 kW / 570 N.m $59 190 (R606 277)
Ute 304 kW / 570 N.m $52 490 (R537 649)
Ute AT 304 kW / 570 N.m $54 690 (R560 183)


Calais & Calais V

Calais AT 210 kW / 350 N.m $42 540 (R435 732)
Calais V AT 210 kW / 350 N.m $48 750 (R499 341)
Calais V Sportwagon AT 210 kW / 350 N.m $50 750 (R519 826)
Calais V V8 AT 304 kW / 570 N.m $56 760 (R581 386)
Calais V Sportwagon V8 AT 304 kW / 570 N.m $58 750 (R601 770)


Caprice V

V8 LWB AT 304 kW / 570 N.m $61 490 (R629 835)



Along with a series of special edition models introduced last month, the monstrous W1 represents HSV's final salute to the VF with the already powerful GTS adopting the R and W1 designations, as well as the 6.2-litre supercharged LS9 V8 from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

Replacing the similarly sized but less powerful LSA unit, the LS9 develops a whopping 474 kW and 815 N.m of torque, making it the most powerful HSV road car to date. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h with the 0-100 km/h dash taking 4.2 seconds.

Limited to 300 units only with a six-speed manual being the only box offered, the $169 900 (R1 740 268) W1 also gets a revised input shaft, flywheel and clutch to cope with the extra grunt, as well as new shocks, AP Brakes, 20-inch Panorama SV forged alloy wheels, carbon fibre rear wing and front wings, and diamond-shape chrome exhaust.

Interior changes are most subtle with diamond quilted Alcantara seats with W1 branding, Alcantara gear lever and steering wheel, GTSR and W1 branding and unique model plaque.



Sporting less power than the W1, the standard GTSR heralds the return of a moniker last used on the VS Commodore in 1997, with changes consisting of a new performance air filter, restyled front and rear facias, diamond shaped exhaust, AP Racing calipers, Magnetic Ride Control for the sedan and 20-inch SV Panorama forged alloy wheels.

As previously mentioned, the LSA V8 is retained but with a five kilowatt bump in power compared to the standard GTS, for a total of 435 kW and 740 N.m of torque. Prices range from $96 990 (R993 458) for the Maloo Ute to $109 490 (R1 121 494) for the sedan, with interior changes mimicking that of the W1.

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