Normally, when we bring you spy shots, we’re filled with happiness knowing a brand is busy testing and making its best car yet. But seeing spy shots for the 2016 Holden Commodore Series II rings differently. The 2016 Commodore Series II will be the last-ever locally-developed, locally-manufactured Holden Commodore.
But Holden doesn’t want a pity party. Instead, they’re going to throw a rager.
The 2016 Commodore Series II SS is poised to be the most powerful mass-produced large car in Holden history. That’s because chances are very good the current 6.0-liter V8 will be swapped out in favor of the 6.2-liter LS3 engine, something us Stateside have already enjoyed in our Chevrolet SS. But if the blokes at GoAuto are to be believed, it’s also likely the HSV tuned LS3 V8 may be reporting for duty, making 425 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque.
The Commodore has come a long way since 1968 when a 5.3-liter V8 was introduced to the Commodore range in response to Ford’s Falcon. That engine only made 250 hp. 425 hp sounds like our kind of going-away party.
A few other party favors adorning the 2016 Commodore Series II are reported to be an HSV-style bi-mode exhaust, which further opens up under heavy acceleration and Brembo brakes at all four wheels. New black-painted 20-inch alloy wheels appear to adorn this Series II as well.
The 2016 Commodore Series II test vehicles wore camouflage up front, leading us to believe minor facial details will with a nip-tuck, which can be seen in the spy shots here. The V6 versions of the 2016 Commodore Series II should remain fairly similar to their Series I counterparts, according to the shots.
Going away parties can be some of the most memorable get-togethers. On one hand, you’re ecstatic to see a lifelong companion one last time. On the other, this is the end of the road as you know it. That’s where we stand with 2016 Commodore Series II. Fortunately for us, we have nearly two years to party with the Commodore like it’s 2017.