Deliveries of the Holden Commodore Craig Lowndes SS V Special Edition sedan will commence at the end of October, but more than half of the 233-unit production run is already spoken for.
Full details of the new V8 Supercars-inspired limited edition were revealed today, at the same time as the rest of the upgraded MY15 Holden Commodore range. See specifications for the 2015 Holden Commodore here.
Based on the range-topping SS V Redline sedan, the Craig Lowndes Edition, named for the 20-year V8 Supercar veteran and the reigning holder of the most race wins of any driver in the series, adds a host of extras — and not just on the car.
Each of the 233 presumably V8 Supercars-mad buyers will also get 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.
To create the Lowndes edition, Holden took the MY15 Commodore SS-V Redline and added unique 20-inch wheels wrapped in 245/275 Bridgestone Potenza tyres and sitting in front of four-piston Brembo brakes.
Cosmetically, the limited edition model gets a ‘Red Hot’ engine cover, black ‘V8 power’ bonnet decal, a black roof, grille surrounds and fender vents, black DRL and window surrounds, side body decals, black rear spoiler, graphic sill plates, special floor mats, an embroidered dash pad, boot badge and a numbered build plate.
All versions are painted either Red Hot or Heron White. Every car is hand-finished at the Holden Enhancement Centre at the Holden vehicle plant in Elizabeth, South Australia.
Pricing for the Craig Lowndes SS V Special Edition Commodore kicks off at $57,990 plus on-road costs, or $60,190 for the auto. This makes each of the 233 units around $5000 more expensive than the ‘regular’ SS-V Redline ($54,690 for auto, $52,490 for manual).
These additions come atop the revised MY15 SS V Redline, which picks up long-overdue paddleshifters on the auto version, which also has Active Select launch control.
As it is built on the SS V Redline, the Lowndes version will be powered by a 6.0-litre V8 engine with 260kW of power and 517Nm of torque in models equipped with a six-speed automatic, while the manual versions have 270kW and 530Nm.
The Redline models ride on FE3 sports suspension, and braking power is enhanced by Brembo calipers front and rear.
Being based on the Redline, the Lowndes edition naturally comes with features including Competitive Mode (a stability control calibration system for the track), a colour head-up display, 8.0-inch touchscreen with MyLink, sat-nav and embedded apps such as Pandora and Stitcher, Automatic Park Assist, reverse-view camera, Lane Change Assist, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Forward Collision Alert and rear parking sensors.
Craig Lowndes said that after a 20-year career it was a huge honour to have Holden develop this tribute model.
“I’ve had a lot of success on the racetrack behind the wheel of Commodores and to celebrate that with this special road-going version is a great privilege. I know fans and customers all over Australia are going to love it,” he said.
“This special edition Commodore is the pinnacle of Holden performance and to have my name on it is a true honour. With Brembo brakes front and rear, 20-inch wheels, paddleshifters and the unique styling treatments, this car is simply outstanding to drive and look at. I love it.”
Lowndes made his first appearance for Holden in a V8 Supercar at Sandown, aged 20, in September 1994, One month later, he and teammate Brad Jones finished second in the Bathurst 1000.
Lowndes was swiftly awarded a full-time drive with the factory Holden Racing Team in 1996 and was mentored by Peter Brock. Lowndes went on to claim the prestigious Triple Crown in his rookie season: the Australian Touring Car Championship, the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000.
Over his two-decade career, Lowndes has compiled a list of achievements including:
- Three-time V8 Supercar champion in 1996, 1998 and 1999
- Won 1996 championship in rookie year; youngest-ever series champion at age 22
- Second in championship in 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012 and 2013, third in 2000 and 2007
- A record 97 V8 Supercar/ATCC race wins
- 31 V8 Supercar pole positions
- Five -time Bathurst 1000 winner: 1996, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010
- Bathurst 12 Hour winner: 2014
- Lowndes has won more championship races than any other driver at the sport's highest level, and is also the recipient of a record four Barry Sheene Medals, the sport's best and fairest award
- Lowndes was also recognised in 2012 with an OAM for services to both the community through his road safety work and to his sport
Holden Commodore Craig Lowndes SS V Special Edition pricing (plus on-roads):
- Manual $57,990
- Automatic $60,190