In October it was reported Holden has plans to stuff General motors’ 6.2-liter LS3 V8 under the hood of the 2016 model year Commodore SS, replacing the less powerful 6.0-liter V8 currently in the car. According to a new report from Cars Guide, the power plant upgrade will happen next year around this time as Holden looks to boost Commodore sales in the final two years of production.
The upgrade to the LS3 engine will take output of the Commodore SS from 360 horsepower to 425, which puts it on equal ground with the Chevrolet SS, also produced at Holden’s plant in Elizabeth, South Australia. In addition to the more powerful engine, the car will also receive larger Brembo brakes at all four corners, according to Cars Guide, while the current Commodore SS has Brembos only on the front.
In receiving the LS3 upgrade, the Commodore SS is now closer performance wise with the HSV Clubsport. To ensure it doesn’t step on the HSV’s toes, the Commodore SS won’t receive specific upgrades such as an adjustable air intake and exhaust system, larger brakes, sport bucket seats, 20-inch wheels and a built-in data logging system.