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As the sun sets on Australian manufacturing, we look back on three things we’ll miss about the Australian creation: the Holden Commodore.

The Commodore Ute was uniquely Australian, in the sense that Australia invented the ute. Of course, while the ute was Ford‘s creation, Holden made it fast and go around corners.

This final Commodore Ute features independent rear suspension, plus a dirty big V8 engine — a 6.2-litre LS3 that produces 304kW of power and 570Nm of torque.

Most importantly, it sends drive to the rear wheels and, at the drop of the right foot, it turns into a tyre-frying drift machine capable of putting a smile on even the grumpiest of faces.

It even set a world record that it still holds at the Nurburgring in 2013.

We saddled up with the SS-V Redline and ventured to a race track to have one final fang before heading to the country, where Commodore Utes can still be found plying their trade, blissfully putting in the hard yards to get the job done.

Production of Australia’s two-door sports car has come to an end. It’s a car that we should be immensely proud of.

Do you have a favourite Holden ute story? What will you miss most about the Australian two-door sports car?

THREE THINGS WE’LL MISS

VIDEO: The lion brand’s big Aussie sedan

VIDEO: A spacious, muscly wagon

VIDEO: The V8 ute!


VIDEO: Death of a Ute, an ode to an old mate

READ: Holden ends manufacturing: 161 years of local production draws to a close

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