Latest in the drip-feed of new info about the next-generation Holden Commodore is the first photos and technical info about the range-topping VXR. Here's what you can expect from the new top of the line Commo, which will be the fastest and most capable in Holden's stable for the foreseeable future.
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The Opel Insignia Grand Sport -- the car that will soon be coming to Australian shores badged as the Holden Commodore -- has been launched in Europe. Early reception of its driving dynamics is good, and that's a positive start for a vehicle that will have to be spectacular to impress the stalwarts that know the Commodore as a rear-drive, tyre-shredding V8 monster.
The next Commodore is a huge departure from the past 40 years of storied Holden sedans. It's based on the German-built Opel Insignia, and will be mostly offered in front-wheel drive with small, efficient petrol and diesel engines. You'll still be able to buy it as a sedan and wagon, but a lot has changed underneath its skin.
If you're a red-blooded, VB-downing, meat-and-two-veg Aussie -- you watch the V8s every weekend, you've been up Mount Panorama every year since Brockie's first Bathurst victory -- you'll either be a die-hard Ford or Holden fan. And if you're a Holden guy, you'll probably have owned a Commodore. Holden won't build the Commodore in Australia from 2017, and that means no more barnstorming rear-wheel drive V8. But the Commodore name lives on, and we've just seen our first glimpse of what it's like. The guys from CarAdvice have driven a 2018 Commodore prototype -- and it sounds pretty special.