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Holden has thrown the last-gen Commodore a great big bone by adding a potent V8
9 Oct 2015
By TIM ROBSON
LOTS has been written about the impending demise of Aussie-made rear-drive V8 sedans, and lots will yet be written as Ford and Holden move ever closer to the final quarter of 2017, when the Falcon and Commodore lines will clank to a stop for the final time.
The rise of SUVs and small cars, a lack of vision, poor marketing, lacklustre sales, high cost of production… all sound and valid reasons for ending the party.
Once the only cars bought in any quantity in Australia, the large rear-drive sedan has fallen out of favour … but if Holden has anything to do with it, that road will be covered in thick black lines of tortured rubber.
The VF Series II updates are, in the scheme of things, mild at best… except for one. A big one, too, with eight cylinders, more than three hundred kilowatts and enough torque to realign the moon.
It’s this change that may well have resulted in the finest, fastest, fittest Commodore in 36 years.
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Model release date: 1 October 2015
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