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Production of the iconic Holden Commodore draws to an end in October, and they've saved the best 'til last. The SS Commodore has been an Aussie performance staple for decades, but does it still hold up?

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Ford Mustang GT Fastback v Holden Commodore SS V Redline comparison: Track Test
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Ford Mustang GT Fastback v Holden Commodore SS V Redline comparison: Track Test

At the end of Part One of our Ford Mustang GT Fastback v Holden Commodore SS V Redline comparison – the Road Test – the 5.0-litre ‘Yank Tank’ was lagging a little behind the 6.2-litre Aussie brute. But things were most definitely still close. Now it's time to sort the men from the boys, and find out which of our two sub-$60k rear-wheel-drive, V8-powered muscle cars should rightfully be crowned the victor: the Ford or the Holden...


Ford Mustang GT Fastback v Holden Commodore SS V Redline comparison: Road Test
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Ford Mustang GT Fastback v Holden Commodore SS V Redline comparison: Road Test

What the hell? Why would you put a two-door Ford Mustang up against a soon-to-be-departed four-door Holden Commodore? Well, when there's only 2kW and $2500 between them, why wouldn’t we...? Late last month we got the chance to twin-test our resident long-term 2017 Ford Mustang GT Fastback against the ageing – yet decidedly still entertaining – 2017 Nissan 370Z Coupe...


Holden's 230km/h U-2 Dragon support vehicle is an Aussie-built sedan
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Holden's 230km/h U-2 Dragon support vehicle is an Aussie-built sedan

Australian forces support allied armies all over the world, but one particular piece of Australian machinery plays a critical role in guiding one of the world's oldest spy planes in safely — at over 230km/h. The U-2 Dragon is a jet-powered Lockheed spy plane that cruises at 70,000 feet above the earth, around double the cruising altitude of a QANTAS domestic plane...


HSV GTSR W1 vs Holden Commodore SS
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HSV GTSR W1 vs Holden Commodore SS

HSV wowed Australia when it announced Australia's fastest and most powerful production car ever, the HSV GTSR W1. The wows continued when the engine and performance specs were revealed, but the biggest wow belonged to the price: $169,990 (plus on-road costs). Since its release, we've heard stories of some buyers paying over $250,000 to secure one of the 300 examples being built...


Kia will lure Commodore SS owners with new Stinger twin-turbo V6
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Kia will lure Commodore SS owners with new Stinger twin-turbo V6

Kia Australia believes the new rear-wheel drive Stinger has what it takes to win over Holden Commodore SS buyers who will find themselves without an Australian-made option from the end of 2017, though there's no V8. Revealed today in Detroit, the Stinger liftback is almost as long as the Commodore or Falcon, and comes available with a 272kW/510Nm 3...


Fun Car Mega Test: CarAdvice readers join us at MotorWorld to test 17 'hot' cars under $60k
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Fun Car Mega Test: CarAdvice readers join us at MotorWorld to test 17 'hot' cars under $60k

We assembled 17 of fittest 'fun cars' under $60k at Sydney Motorsport Park at the recent MotorWorld event and there you, our readers, into the test seats. And we gave the mega test field a spin ourselves. Together, we decide what's hot, what's fun and what is exception value for money...


2017 Buick LaCrosse could preview all-new Commodore: 230kW all-wheel-drive V6 with torque vectoring
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2017 Buick LaCrosse could preview all-new Commodore: 230kW all-wheel-drive V6 with torque vectoring

The new Buick LaCrosse won't be seen in Australia anytime soon, but it might just preview the new Holden Commodore. Speculation has been rife around the locally-built Commodore's replacement, with many suggesting the new Opel Insignia will act as Holden's new large car...


Holden Commodore Black: SV6, SS drive-away specials on sale - UPDATE
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Holden Commodore Black: SV6, SS drive-away specials on sale - UPDATE

UPDATE: This article originally listed driveaway prices from launch,  see bottom of article for details. The Holden Commodore may be reaching the end of its life (as we know it), but that hasn’t stopped the Aussie brand from introducing a new special variant to the range: the Commodore Black...


Walkinshaw Performance unleashes W547 W Series package: LS3 upgrade brings 547kW and 880Nm
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Walkinshaw Performance unleashes W547 W Series package: LS3 upgrade brings 547kW and 880Nm

The latest and greatest Walkinshaw Performance upgrade pack for the LS3 6.2-litre V8-powered Holden Commodore VF Series II and HSV Gen-F2 has been unveiled. Described by the performance modders at Walkinshaw as "by far the most powerful performance enhancement available for a Commodore that Walkinshaw Performance Products has ever produced", the package upgrade - which costs $25,990 fitted - brings the 6...


2015 Holden Commodore SS V review : Craig Lowndes Special Edition
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2015 Holden Commodore SS V review : Craig Lowndes Special Edition

Craig Lowndes has notched up his 100th V8 Supercars victory, but the latest special edition Holden Commodore to wear his name isn't quite as sweet...


Hennessey HPE1000 Chevrolet SS : Tuned Commodore gets 746kW twin-turbo 7.0L V8
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Hennessey HPE1000 Chevrolet SS : Tuned Commodore gets 746kW twin-turbo 7.0L V8

American sports car tuner Hennessey Performance has released a monstrous version of the Holden Commodore-based Chevrolet SS with more power than the original Bugatti Veyron. The Hennessey HPE1000 trades the Australian-made Chevrolet SS’s regular 310kW 6.2-litre LS3 V8 for a ballistic 746kW (1000hp) twin-turbocharged 7...


Callaway SS: Yanks tune Commodore to 425kW
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Callaway SS: Yanks tune Commodore to 425kW

American sports car tuner Callaway has produced an uprated version of the Holden Commodore-based Chevrolet SS performance sedan with power to rival the HSV GTS. The Callaway SS features a supercharged version of the regular Chevrolet's 6.2-litre 'LS3' V8, boosting its output from 310kW and 563Nm to 425kW and 725Nm...


Holden Commodore SS Walkinshaw Performance W310 pack released
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Holden Commodore SS Walkinshaw Performance W310 pack released

Walkinshaw Performance has released the W310 performance package for the all-new Holden VF Commodore SS. The first enhancement package developed for the VF Commodore by the Melbourne-based Holden tuner and the first in the new ‘W Series’ of upgrades, the W310 pack combines a host of mechanical enhancements to boost the 6...


Chevrolet SS priced from US$44,470
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Chevrolet SS priced from US$44,470

Americans will be forced to pay more for the Chevrolet SS than Australians fork out for its V8-powered Holden VF Commodore SS equivalent, though the US version is the clear value leader of the pair. Chevrolet has confirmed the SS performance sedan will cost US$44,470 ($45,700) when it goes on sale in the final quarter of 2013, eclipsing the $41,990 starting price of the Commodore SS that launches across Australia this month...


2013 Holden VF Commodore SS Review
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2013 Holden VF Commodore SS Review

Commodore SS is a supreme, super sports sedan in VF guise.


Holden VF Commodore: model-by-model guide
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Holden VF Commodore: model-by-model guide

Model-by-model specifications have been released for the Holden VF Commodore range that goes on sale in June. As previously confirmed, the new Holden Commodore sedan and Sportwagon are between $5000 and $9800 cheaper than before, the Ute variants up to $5000 less expensive, and the long-wheelbase Caprice variants $10,000 easier on the hip pocket than the VE family...


Chevrolet SS: What the US thinks of its Holden VF Commodore
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Chevrolet SS: What the US thinks of its Holden VF Commodore

The Holden VF Commodore has largely been met with design approval by Australia's automotive media and the country's enthusiast base following its unveiling, but what has the US reaction been like to its sister car, the Chevrolet SS? The left-hand-drive Chevrolet SS was unveiled to the US media last weekend at Daytona sporting a unique 6...


2012 Holden Commodore SS Ute review
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2012 Holden Commodore SS Ute review

The iconic Holden Commodore SS Ute. It's become a right of passage for young tradies with a passion for Holden V8's and a bucket full of testosterone.


2010 Holden Commodore SS Ute Review
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2010 Holden Commodore SS Ute Review

Works best at play Model Tested: 2009 Holden Commodore SS Ute; 6.0-litre V8 AFM petrol; six-speed automatic; utility - $44,490* Options (as fitted): Metallic Paint $500 (Voodoo); Hard Tonneau $3,030; 20-inch Alloy Wheels $2,369; Matching Spare Wheel $350 Torquey engine; assertive appearance; sporty handling; cabin space and comfort Dull transmission; poor visibility; dated interior; fuel consumption; weak FM reception CarAdvice Rating: As a trade-tough work ute, the Holden Commodore SS is an awesome Commodore Coupe...