Holden To Retire Commodore SS Name After October

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.

At present, approximately half of all Commodore sales are for the V8-powered SS but that model will soon die off, replaced by the Opel Insignia-based ZB-generation Commodore. In range-topping guise with all-wheel drive and a V6 engine, it will be dubbed the VXR.

Local Holden fans may be disappointed to hear this news but ditching the SS name won’t be the biggest blow. That blow will come because the new Commodore VXR will ‘only’ have 315 hp and 380 Nm of torque, very little compared to the 407 hp and 570 Nm of the outgoing Commodore SS and its atmospheric 6.2-liter LS3 V8.

Speaking to Motoring, lead development engineer for the new Commodore, David Johnson, hinted that it is unlikely a variant more powerful than the VXR will be introduced.

“We looked at it, in a lot of depth, but the architecture wasn’t designed for it. There’s just no where to put the turbos. It was a stretch to get a V6 in it at all,” he said, effectively ruling out a V8-powered model also.

Fortunately, the new Commodore’s use of GM’s E2 global architecture does mean it can weigh up to 300 kg (661 lbs) less than an equivalent current model.


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  • Zandit75

    Subaru and Toyota said the same thing about not putting a turbo onto the BRZ/GT86. Plenty of aftermarket companies have proved this wrong, so we’ll see how long it takes Walkinshaw, and the many other tuning companies out there to come up with something.

    • Holden said a turbocharger wouldn’t fit. Walkinshaw might supercharge it.

  • LeStori

    VXR has little meaning in Australia. Essentially it means VX Racing which had some relevance to Vauxhall but little relevance to Holden in Australia. But then, as an importer only, Holden now has zero relevance as well.


    new commodore is not a real commodore

  • eb110americana

    Probably wise. Not like there are any new SS models to protect, but why pi$$ off the locals further by desecrating a lauded name right after replacing their domestic RWD hero with a FWD/AWD German in drag? Can you imagine the negative press that would draw for Holden?

  • smartalec

    Wish they had retired the Commodore name as well, the new car is nice, but it’s no Commodore

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