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by Tim Beissmann

Australian motorsport legend Craig Lowndes has taken delivery of his personal Holden Commodore SS V Redline Craig Lowndes special edition.

The three-time V8 Supercars champion and five-time Bathurst 1000 victor collected Craig Lowndes special edition Commodore build number 001 at his local dealership, Eager’s Holden, in Brisbane.

The car, based on the flagship Holden Commodore SS V Redline and hand-finished at the Holden Enhancement Centre in Adelaide, celebrates the 20-year racing career of one of the country’s favourite drivers and has attracted strong interest from fans.

More than 150 of the 233 special edition cars to be built have been sold, with many customers choosing to reserve their own individual build numbers.

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Lowndes said he was thrilled to collect the car with his name on it and one that he had personally helped develop.

“It’s been a few months since I was down in Melbourne working with Holden on the car and to finally see it here, with my build number, is really exciting,” he said.

“It has been a great privilege to have my name on the car and I can’t wait to put it through its paces.”

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The Craig Lowndes edition model gets special 20-inch black-painted alloy wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza tyres and four-piston Brembo brakes.

Visually, it’s distinguished by a Red Hot painted engine cover and a host of black exterior enhancements including distinctive ‘V8 power’ bonnet decal, side decals, roof, grille and foglight surrounds, side vents, window sills, and rear spoiler. It’s available in either Red Hot or Heron White paint.

Other unique elements include a Craig Lowndes signature boot badge and embroidered dash pad, and special floor mats.

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All cars also come with a framed certificate of authenticity with a build plate, access to a Red Bull Racing private function and tour hosted by Lowndes, and two tickets to their local 2015 V8 Supercars race round including a pit tour.

As with the SS V Redline, the Craig Lowndes edition Commodore is powered by a 6.0-litre V8 engine, producing 260kW and 517Nm when teamed with the six-speed automatic transmission and 270kW and 530Nm with the six-speed manual.

The manual costs $57,990 and the auto $60,190 (both prices before on-road costs) – making them approximately $5000 more expensive than the ‘regular’ SS V Redline variants.

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