The muscle car Commodore is about to go out of production which is a sad news for those who love the category.
The model is not going to become obsolete without bringing out its best performance yet.
General Motors has confirmed that they will stop production of the model in Australia in 2017. The Holden Commodore has been an iconic muscle car ever since its official launch in 1978. Due to lack of customer patronage and decreasing sales, GM has decided to give the model a break and retire it from mainstream market. According to a report from a leading automobile magazine, the manufacturer plans to launch something big giving buyers a last chance to own a muscle car.
The upcoming Commodore model could be powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine and built with the LS9 technology already used in the Corvette ZR1. It will be handled by the Holden Special Vehicles, HSV division. It has also been confirmed that it will be named the Commodore GTS-R W1 edition. The final assembly process will be handled by Walkinshow performance division which is why it is being addressed as the W1 edition.
In order to keep investment at the lowest possible level, GM has decided to make it an extremely limited edition model. Only 250 of these cars will be produced. The production of these cars may be prolonged if the Clayton and Victoria facility is allowed to make use of the LS9, LSA powertrains even after the first batch of Commodores get sold.
With the LS9 version, the muscle car should be able to produce up to 638 horsepower coupled with 604 lb feet of torque. These numbers are derived from the Corvette ZR1 and the new GTS-R edition should be very close to it. It uses the same powertrain and even if it is tweaked on a basic level, it may not change its overall power output.
HSV division which is about to work on the Commodore GTS-R W1 car will integrate a lot of special components as the Supashock suspension system. The team uses it for their high speed super cars in the championship events. While it is tough to accept the fact that a great era is coming to an end, it is also satisfying to see that the team is giving the best possible send off for an iconic car like the Commodore. Buyers will have the opportunity to own one of the best if they like to.