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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.

The next-gen Holden Commodore is going to be a very different car to the one that came before it in a lot of ways. But it'll also have a bit of a hat-tip to the early 2000s: the just-announced Commodore Tourer will be a rugged, lifted wagon in the vein of 2003's Adventra crossover.

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.