The current Holden Insignia VXR is much overlooked. Why? Because dealerships are filled with customers scooping up the last of the homegrown, rear-wheel drive Holden Commodore before it’s lights out at the Elizabeth assembly.
Holden has yet to even confirm the upcoming Opel-Vauxhall Insignia will replace the beloved Commodore, but it doesn’t need to, it’s happening. Thankfully, though, Opel and Vauxhall know a thing or two about performance, and these spy photos from Motoring suggest we’re looking at a new Holden Commodore SS.
Larger brakes, reportedly lifted from a Cadillac, and bigger alloy wheels suggest performance is going on underneath. It’s likely this mule is fitted with all-wheel drive, too, while other 2018 Commodore examples will be front-wheel drive. As far as power, anyone’s guess is as good as ours, but it’s possible a V6 with forced induction finds its way under the hood. That’s our hope. If not, a turbocharged four-banger for sure.
The Commodore as we know it is nearly dead. Are you ready to embrace this brave new world? If Opel’s OPC and Vauxhall’s VXR have anything to say about it, you’ll like what you see.