That’s A Wrap: Every Australian-Made Holden VF Commodore With V8 Power Has Been Sold5
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.
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Such a pity, the VF was an amazing car, stunning looks, great to drive, solid road holding ability, just the best car Holden ever sold. then they were gone. the current ZB commodores are lost amongst mazda, kia, hyundi, nissan etc, they all look the same. unremarkable, boring, gutless people movers. Australians LOVE V8’s, the ford V8 Mustang outsells the lowly commodore. GM has lost the plot if they are trying to sell vehicles that the public don’t want, sales will drop and they have. please drop the ZF experiment and bring in a real car, the Cadillac CT5-V plus will light the fires in the belly of holden owners and buick owners for that matter. change a few body panels so its not a cadillac and lets get on with it.
Pity about the Holden and HSV V8 models. I, as a German, since 1987 in Holden and HSV downright in love! In 1987, Holden drove Europe Italy Monza with BMW and Ford the best touring car race. At that time I was on site with 3 work colleagues. Our journey from Munich (Germany) to Monza (Italy) took place with the car of my father! His OPEL Commodore B 2.5S Sedan for this Italy trip. The journey to Monza was great, because our Commodore drove super great on the Italian highways. In Monza then the Holden racing cars were the fastest. Unfortunately, the Holden were not victorious, but since that time I am 100% Holden fan.
Therefore, the Holden and HSV production end on October 20, 2018 was also very sad for me. But!
I think that from 2020 or later Holden and HSV will again produce cars and UTEs in Australia. A fresh start is always good. I also think delivery vans will come. My biggest wish is that Holden / HSV will be a TEAM again with Vauxhall.
I particularly like the last edition of the GTS-R W1 Commodore and UTE Malloo. From the GTS-R W1 I bought 2 T-Shirt Original from HSV Australia. The model car will follow, if available. I would like to own a real Holden or HSV. Maybe I’m flying to Australia or looking for a Vauxhall VXR 8 in England. About 80 of them are said to have been sold in England. It could be that another test car could be available at OPEL in Dudenhofen. I will ask soon, because a HOLDEN HSV GTS-R W1 is my absolute dream car.
Holden might as well import Chevrolet and remove the holden emblem and make it Chevrolet with the golden bowtie. Holden is dead since production stopped in Australia. Its just a matter of time. Why be loyal to holden if its cars are built overseas. Might as well buy a Japanese car made overseas. Lol
Great car…..glad I have one in my garage with only 9k on it……JoJo
Just thought Id drop a note regarding one of the two unreg VFs.
I know of one. Its a green motorsport edition located in Walla Walla NSW at what wasxa holden dealer.
It still has all factory delivery decals, wrapping etc..
9th April 2023