While the Holden Commodore name lives on in Australia, it’s not quite the car locals are accustomed to. That car exited production in October of 2017, and almost two years later, every new example with a V8 engine has finally found a home.
Wheels reported Wednesday that all Holden VF Commodore models with the V8 engine option have been sold from dealerships, which leaves no new Australian-built Commodores with the big powerplant under the hood for sale for the first time in decades. The final models left were all equipped with automatic transmissions, however.
It’s unclear how many additional models remain with V6 engines, though enthusiasts have always been keen on the V8-powered models.
This past April, there were just nine Holden VF Commodore models with a V8 engine for sale. A few were factory SS-V models, while the rest were part of the trio of final editions the brand rolled out ahead of production’s end. The last call likely spurred buyers to snap the cars up before it was too late.
Yet, there is a slight catch to the figure. Holden confirmed with Wheels that there are still two VF Commodores with a V8 engine for sale somewhere in Australia. The dealer(s) have no intentions to sell the cars, though, and instead will hang onto them, likely for historical purposes. Perhaps one day the local dealer(s) will change their mind, but as it stands, Australia will be home to two VF Commodores never registered in the country.
The final examples of Australian-built Commodores featured the 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine under the hood paired to either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission. The LS3 V8 made for the most powerful factory Commodore ever with 415 horsepower.