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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.

Since the first Commodore rolled down the production line in 1978, Holden‘s modus operandi was to create a big family sedan with a big donk up front.

That mantra followed all the way through to the final locally produced Commodore, the VFII. In fact, the last car to roll down the Australian production line is a red VFII SS-V Redline that Holden’s Australian arm will hold on to as part of its collection.

With that in mind, we got our hands on a manual SS-V Redline and hit the track to have one final fang in the most Aussie thing since a koala eating Vegemite on top of a Hills Hoist.

Under the bonnet of the SS-V Redline is a ripping 6.2-litre V8 engine that produces 304kW of power and 570Nm of torque and is mated to a tight-shifting six-speed manual.

The only issue the Commodore ever had was the mighty Ford Falcon. As a final salute we thought we’d get the XR6 Sprint and SS-V Redline together for an impromptu drag race.

Who won? Who cares. Both cars will have ended production by the time you watch this video. But, it doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate an Aussie legend that stood up against some of the hottest metal from Europe.

What was your favourite Holden Commodore sedan memory? Was it your fully sick VL Commodore, or perhaps your exhaustless VS Commodore? Let us know below!

THREE THINGS WE’LL MISS

VIDEO: The lion brand’s big Aussie sedan

VIDEO: A spacious, muscly wagon

VIDEO: The V8 ute!


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