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Americanised: Holden has Pontiaced its Commodore SS V-Series with a Special Edition.

Commodore SS V-Series Special Editions draws parts from the US Pontiac G8

2 Oct 2009

GM HOLDEN has dived into its stocks of leftover parts from the now-defunct Pontiac G8 export program to the United States to create a limited-run SS V-Series Special Edition.

Available on the Commodore sedan as well as the Sportwagon and Ute, the latter two never seeing light as Pontiac production models, the unique SS V editions feature the G8’s twin-nostril front fascia with unique lower splitter and twin letter-box bonnet scoops, while the sedan adds a decklid spoiler and chrome highlights.

The ‘Pontiac’ ute has a manufacturer’s list price of $47,490, with the sedan priced from $55,290 and the station wagon starting at $57,290. Six-speed automatic transmission adds $2000.

All three models are powered by Holden’s 6.0-litre Gen 4 Alloy V8 engine, and will be available in three colours – Phantom black, Red Hot and Voodoo blue.

13 center imageLefT: The Holden SS-V Special Edition Ute. Below: The now-defunct Pontiac G8.

Not stopping there, Holden has also this week rolled out its familiar International moniker for limited-edition versions of the Commodore sedan and Sportwagon, both of which are claimed to deliver $7500 in extra features including leather seat trim and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Based on the Omega, with the all-new 3.0-litre SIDI V6 engine and six-speed automatic gearbox, the International also includes a Berlina front grille, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth wiring, ‘International’ badging and, on the sedan, a chrome decklid ‘eyebrow moulding’.

The sedan also picks up Holden’s Rear Park Assist, which is standard across the Sportwagon range.

The Commodore International sedan is priced from $35,990 driveaway, while the Sportwagon adds $2000. Metallic paint is another $500.

International sedan customers can also choose to swap the SIDI V6 for the 3.6-litre Alloytec V6 dual-fuel LPG engine with four-speed automatic transmission.

GM Holden marketing director Philip Brook said the G8-inspired SS V-Series Special Editions and the latest Internationals – all of which arrive within weeks of the MY2010 upgrade to Holden’s Australian-built range – were designed to appeal to different audiences but would both serve to stimulate demand.

“These vehicles cater to motorists at both ends of the Commodore buying spectrum – those looking for great value and those looking for striking performance looks,” Mr Brook said.

“SS V-Series has always been about sports performance and ultimate road presence. Now we’ve dialled it up even further.

“The International edition is even better value when you combine extra features with the advanced 3.0-litre direct-injection engine and six-speed automatic transmission.”

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