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Holden puts a blowtorch on the local performance car scene with the Commodore SS V

11 Aug 2006

Holden has built some killer Commodores in the last 30 years, never losing sight of the homegrown V8 muscle car tradition it created with the GTS Monaro in the late 1960s. The latest generation VE Commodore SS V continues the bloodline of big-bore performance, and ditches the hand-me-down architecture to create a car that could take on the best from around the globe. With a major leap forward in chassis construction, suspension design and overall safety – including the fitment of Electronic Stability Program and a cabin full of airbags – the SS V offers world-class performance and driving dynamics with outstanding value for money.

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Model release date: 1 August 2006 to 1 September 2009

Previous model

Holden Commodore SS

Released: August 2004
Ended: July 2006
Family Tree: Commodore

The final model Commodore derived from the outdated European-sourced Omega platform pushed the envelope of its own ability, particularly at the top end of town with the SS. Its started life with the last iteration of the 5.7-litre Gen III V8 producing 250kW, but ended with a short run of feature-packed special value packs powered by a 260kW 6.0-litre Gen IV V8. Both engines produced the bragging rights necessary to meet the market demands and maintain a halo over the rest of the ageing Commodore clan, but the chassis, suspension and steering were well below par.

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