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Holden says goodbye to RWD Commodore with bespoke models


General Motors' Australian division, Holden, has a bid a fond farewell to its iconic Commodore with the introduction of three limited edition models.

Based on the VF Commodore introduced back in 2013, the new limited edition models will be made-up of the Ute based Magnum, the Motorsport underpinned by the regular Commodore sedan, and the Director based on the Commodore's luxury version, the Calais.


A name that first appeared on the WB Statesman Ute produced between 1980 and 1984, the latest Magnum uses the SS-V Redline model as a base and includes 20-inch forged black alloy wheels, FE3 sport suspension, ventilated cross drilled brake rotors, hard tonneau cover, black grille, red mirror caps, red daytime-running LED surrounds and performance engine oil cooler.

Inside, the Magnum gets premium electric and heated sport seats, Motorsport floor mats, unique number build plate and special Magnum decals.

Limited to just 240 units with an additional 51 for New Zealand, the Magnum comes powered by a 6.2-litre LS3 V8 developing 304 kW and 570 N.m of torque, with prices ranging from $59 290 (R607 983) for the six-speed manual to $61 490 (R630 543) for the six-speed automatic.


Like the Magnum, the Motorsport shares its underpinnings with the regular SS-V Redline sedan, but adds 20-inch forged black alloy wheels, Magnetic Ride Control dampers, cross-drilled brake rotors, FE3 sport suspension, performance engine oil cooler, lip spoiler with optional full length, black grille, red mirror caps and red daytime-running LED surrounds.

Interior changes mimic those of the Magnum with premium electric and heated sport seats, Motorsport floor mats, unique number build plate and Motorsport decals.

Power is provided by the same LS3 V8 used in the Magnum, with the only difference again being the option of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic box.

Restricted to just 1 200 models with a further 151 for New Zealand, the Motorsport retails for $61 790 (R633 619) with the manual box and $63 990 (R656 179) for the auto.


A name that became synonymous with Holden parting ways with star driver Peter Brock's Holden Dealer Team in 1987 over his fitment of an unapproved Independent Rear Suspension and controversial Energy Polarizer - the latter a small box underneath the bonnet containing magnets in an epoxy resin which Brock claimed improved handling and performance by "aligning certain molecules - to the VL Commodore based Director, the latest iteration uses the flagship Calais V as a base with the only transmission offered being the six-speed automatic.

Changes over the standard model includes 20-inch forged black alloy wheels, FE3 sport suspension, Brembo brakes, Magnetic Ride Control, lip spoiler, Black Grille with LS3 badging, red finish at the base of the grille, black body moulds, Phantom Black roof, bonnet vents, tyre pressure monitor, performance engine oil cooler and red decal on the rear facia.

Inside, the changes are more limited than the rest with Motorsport floor mats, premium sport seats and unique number build plate.

As per the rest of the range, and indeed the LS3 badging on the grille, the Director retains the same engine and output figures with production limited to 360 units, plus an additional 51 for New Zealand, and a sticker price of $63 940 (R655 666).


Aussies in South Africa

Sold briefly in South Africa as the Chevrolet Lumina, Commodore production at Holden's Elizabeth plant outside Adelaide will officially end on October 20th after 38 years, as GM becomes the last mainstream manufacturer to pull the plug on production Down Under.

A completely brand-new Commodore will debuted in 2018 based on the recently unveiled Opel Insignia Grand Sport, and will drop the rear-wheel drive Zeta platform and V8 engines for front-wheel drive and a range of turbocharged four and six-cylinder engines, as well as turbodiesel for the first time.

Early last year, principal rival Ford halted production of its equally iconic Falcon after 56-years, with the Blue Oval citing model rationalisation under its One Ford plan as the main reason. Like the Commodore, the Falcon was briefly sold in South Africa from the late 1990s to early 2000s.



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