Source: AutoVerdict
January 19, 2017
by Nick Saporito


By now we all know production of the Holden Commodore will cease this October. While tragic news that it marks the end of the rear-wheel-drive sedan for Holden and the end of local auto production in Australia, Holden is trying to make the best of it with some special Commodores.

At the inaugural reveal of the 2017 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Supercars Holden revealed three Limited Edition vehicles to help mark the end of the Commodore. The list includes the SS-V Redline based Motorsport Edition and Calais V based Director take performance and luxury to a higher plane, while the SS-V Redline ute based Magnum explores the unique ability of ‘Australia’s own sports car’.

Holden’s Limited Editions Lead Development Engineer, Daniel Pinnuck, said the three Limited Editions used additional technology to squeeze even greater performance from Commodore and position one of Australia’s favorite vehicles as the most capable in General Motors globally.

“Motorsport Edition, Director and Magnum have developed from a Holden team passion project into road-going homages to our people and our rich heritage. They blend performance and technology to create the most capable Commodores we’ve ever built,” said Mr. Pinnuck.

“We had a great base with the 6.2-litre LS3 V8 engine but the addition of a Holden developed driver mode control system, featuring Magnetic Ride Control TM? adaptive suspension, for the sedans and the introduction of our track-focused FE3 suspension for the ute, have given these cars even more to offer.

“We’ve also developed engine and transmission cooling packages to meet ‘GM level 3’ track performance, meaning Commodore now joins the likes of Corvette, Camaro and Cadillac CTS as among the most track-capable General Motors vehicles”.

Motorsport Edition – Limited to 1200 vehicles

Celebrating Commodore’s on-track success over the years, including over 460 Australian Touring Car Championship and V8 Supercars victories, Motorsport Edition comes with a range of styling enhancements. Red DRL surrounds, red mirror scalps* and unique red lined 20-inch forged alloy wheels complement unique Motorsport Edition decals supporting the special content under the skin.

Key Features:

Driver mode control featuring Magnetic Ride ControlTM? suspension, developed specifically for the Motorsport vehicles, offers three distinct settings: Tour, Sport and Performance
High rate rear sub-frame bush for improved confidence under maximum lateral and braking events
Cross-drilled brake rotors, front and rear – with charcoal Brembo calipers
Engine and transmission cooling packages
New performance front seats (heated)
Embroidered instrument panel
20” Split forged alloy wheels/high performance tyres
Unique Motorsport Edition badging and decals
Unique lip spoiler (optional wing)
Phantom black roof
Individual vehicle numbering and unique build option code (KOM)
Commemorative presentation case
1:18 Motorsport Edition Biante model
* mirror scalps red or black depending on body colour

Director – Limited to 360 vehicles

Available in very limited numbers, Director represents the ultimate blend of performance and luxury. Based on the Calais V sedan, Director adds a black roof, paddle shifters and hood vents and stands as a tribute to the original Director and the man that created it, the late Peter Brock.

Key Features:

Driver mode control featuring Magnetic Ride ControlTM? suspension, developed specifically for the Motorsport vehicles, offers three distinct settings: Tour, Sport and Performance
Paddle shifters
Hood vents
Cross-drilled brake rotors, front and rear – with charcoal Brembo calipers
Engine and transmission cooling packages
New performance front seats (heated)
Embroidered instrument panel
20” Split forged alloy wheels/high performance tyres
Unique Director badging and black highlights
Alloy pedals
Unique lip spoiler
Phantom black roof
Individual vehicle numbering and unique build option code (DIR)
Commemorative presentation case
Magnum – Limited to 240 vehicles

Inspired by the original Magnum developed by Holden Dealer Team in 1983, the new Magnum Limited Edition is the quickest and best equipped Holden ute ever created. Celebrating the final year of ute production in Australia, Magnum includes heated performance front seats, hard tonneau cover and unique decals for ultimate road presence.

Key Features:

Sedan-tune FE3 rear suspension - biased towards improved ride and handling
Cross-drilled brake rotors front and rear – with charcoal Brembo calipers
Engine and transmission cooling packages
Hard tonneau cover
New performance front seats
Embroidered instrument panel
20” Split forged alloy wheels/high performance tyres
Unique Magnum badging and decals
Unique Magnum rear window graphic
Individual vehicle numbering and unique build option code (UTE)
Commemorative presentation case
With production numbers limited and the truly collectable nature of the three Limited Edition vehicles, customers are encouraged to visit their local Holden dealer or visit the Holden Limited Editions webpage and register their interest to avoid disappointment.

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