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HSV Builds Its Final Commodore-based Model 3
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Australia, Holden, Holden Commodore, HSV on 01 3rd, 2018

HSV has built its final Commodore-based model as the 275th Australian market GTSR W1 rolled off the assembly line earlier today.

The final model features a Light My Fire orange exterior and a number of carbon fiber components. The car is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 V8 engine that produces 635 hp (474 kW) and 601 lb-ft (815 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission which sends power to the rear wheels via a limited slip differential.

HSV intends to keep the GTSR W1 and HSV Managing Director Tim Jackson said “For all at HSV, this is a time for great reflection on what the company has been able to achieve to date. He added, “Any success we’ve enjoyed has been directly attributable to our passionate staff, our dedicated dealer-body and of course our loyal fans who have helped build this brand through its 30-year journey.”

The move was inventible as Holden built the final rear-wheel drive Commodore in October and that marked the end of mainstream automotive production in Australia following the exit of Ford and Toyota.

While HSV will stop building Commodore-based vehicles, the company has big plans for the future as it recently introduced the Colorado SportsCat. It will be joined by the Chevrolet Camaro and Silverado HD later this year.

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Rare HSV GTSR W1 Fetches $206k At Aussie Auction 19
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, Galleries, Holden, Holden Commodore, HSV, used cars on 12 19th, 2017

One of the final HSV GTSR W1’s to roll off the production line has sold for $250,000 (191,475 USD) in Queensland, Australia, a figure that’s closer to $270,000 (roughly 206,000 USD) when the transaction fees are added.

The potent sports sedan is number 36 of just 300 examples produced and is painted in an exceptionally bright shade of red, making it stand out from all other Commodore-based models. All up, there are just 21 km (13 miles) on the clock.

In Australia, prices for the GTSR W1 started at $169,990 (130,000 USD) plus on-road costs.

However, given the vehicle’s limited production run, enthusiasts have been eager to pay huge premiums to acquire the car. As a matter of fact, local media suggests that demand has outstripped supply by three to one.

Making the GTSR W1 so special is the GM-sourced 6.2-liter LS9 supercharged V8 engine, originally used by the C6-generation Corvette ZR1. In the W1, it delivers 635 hp and 601 lb-ft (814 Nm) of torque and is mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission that funnels power to the rear wheels.


Holden Announces Pricing For Australia’s 2018 Commodore 12
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Holden, Holden Commodore, prices, Reports on 12 12th, 2017

Pricing details for the new ZB Holden Commodore have just been announced in Australia.

The new vehicle, nothing more than a rebadged Opel Insignia, will start at $33,690 for the entry-level LT Liftback model with front-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter turbo petrol engine. This starting price is $1800 less than the previous-generation base model but is $1200 pricier than a comparable Mazda6.

Elsewhere in the range is the LT Liftback starting from $36,990 with a diesel engine. Customers will also have the option of an LT Sportwagon, kicking off at $35,980 for the petrol and $38,590 for the diesel.

The next trim version offered is the RS. Available in both Liftback and Sportwagon configurations, prices start at $37,290 and $39,490 respectively. Base RS models feature the same 2.0-liter as the LT but for $40,790, an uprated powertrain with a V6 and all-wheel drive system delivering 308 hp is available. For those looking to take things to the next level, the RS-V trim is offered from $46,990 in Liftback guise or $49,190 as a Sportback.

The performance range is rounded out by the Commodore VXR V6 AWD with 315 hp, priced from $55,990 and complete with adaptive dampers and Brembo brakes.

For customers more concerned with luxury than performance, Holden continues to offer Calais variants as with previous-gen Commodores. Prices for 2.0-liter-equipped Calais models start at $40,990 and rise to $51,990 for the range-topping Calais with the aforementioned 308 hp V6.

The new Holden Commodore will be available from Holden dealerships from late February 2018.


Thor: Ragnarok’s Spaceships Named After Classic Holden Cars 19
Posted by Brad Anderson in Holden, Holden Commodore, Holden Torana, Movie Cars, video on 10 19th, 2017

The director of Thor: Ragnarok, New Zealand-born Taika Waititi has revealed that the spaceships in the superhero film are named after some of the most iconic Holden models.
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Can The Kia Stinger Take On The All-Aussie Holden Commodore? 16
Posted by Brad Anderson in Holden, Holden Commodore, Holden Videos, Kia, Kia Stinger, Kia Videos, video on 10 16th, 2017

The Kia Stinger has sent hearts racing around the world from the moment it was revealed and in Australia, is set to dramatically shake up the industry.
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Hear Holden’s New Twin-Turbo Supercars Engine At Mt Panorama 9
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Holden, Holden Commodore, Motorsport, racing on 10 9th, 2017

Holden is continuing to test its turbo-turbo V6 engine for the Supercars Championship and recently took to Mt Panorama ahead of the Bathurst 1000 to put the powertrain through its paces.
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Red Bull Holden Racing Unveils New Commodore Supercar 22
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Holden, Holden Commodore, Holden Videos, Motorsport, video on 09 22nd, 2017

Following a preview earlier this year, the Red Bull Holden Racing team has unveiled the next-generation Commodore Supercar.
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Holden To Retire Commodore SS Name After October 25
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Holden, Holden Commodore, Opel Insignia, Reports on 08 25th, 2017

Holden has confirmed that it will retire the long-running Commodore SS name in Australia when the final locally-built model rolls out of the factory on October 22.
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Hear Holden’s Twin-Turbo Supercar At Full Pace 22
Posted by Brad Anderson in Holden, Holden Commodore, Holden Videos, Motorsport, racing, video on 07 22nd, 2017

Holden has just given the world its first taste of what the twin-turbocharged V6 of its next-generation Supercar racer will sound like.
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Holden Commodore VXR Promises To Be A Worthy Successor To The SS 19
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Holden, Holden Commodore, new cars on 07 19th, 2017

Hot on the heels of the unveiling of the Buick Regal GS and the Opel / Vauxhall Insignia GSi, Holden has taken the wraps off the new Commodore VXR.
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New Commodore V8 Supercar Concept Previews Holden’s Next Racer 8
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concepts, Holden, Holden Commodore, Holden Concepts, Motorsport on 06 8th, 2017

Holden has released the first pictures of their new Commodore Supercar concept.
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Corvette ZR1-Powered HSV GTSR W1 Hitting The Second Hand Market With Huge Mark Ups 2
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Holden, Holden Commodore, HSV, Reports on 06 2nd, 2017

If you weren't one of the 300 people selected to buy the HSV GTSR W1 get ready to pay through the nose as a handful of examples have shown up for sale with markups as much as $130,010 AUD ($95,920 USD).
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Holden Builds Its Final Chevrolet SS 26
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Chevrolet Caprice, Chevrolet SS, Holden, Holden Commodore, Reports on 05 26th, 2017

The final Chevrolet SS has been built by Holden in Adelaide, Australia and is currently on its way to the United States.
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Alfa Giulia QV, BMW M3, Mercedes C63 Travel Down Under To Take On The HSV GTSR W1 29
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Australia, BMW, BMW M3, Drag-Racing, Holden Commodore, HSV, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes C63 AMG, video on 04 29th, 2017

If you're going to make a claim for the sports sedan title in a country such as Australia, you best be able to defeat the local champ, which is the HSV GTSR W1.
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2018 Opel Insignia OPC Will Lead To Hot Commodore And Buick Regal GS 27
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Buick, Buick Regal, Buick Scoops, Holden, Holden Commodore, Holden Scoops, OPC, opel, Opel Insignia, Opel OPC, Opel Scoops, Scoops, vauxhall on 04 27th, 2017

Opel is out testing a camouflaged Insignia Grand Sport and the only safe assumption we can make is that this is the range-topping OPC version.
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