Holden New Zealand released 3 new Commodore models 

  • Motorsport, Director and Magnum Limited Edition Commodores revealed
  • Highly desirable and truly collectable: just 151 Motorsport, 51 Director and 51 Magnum available for Holden enthusiasts in New Zealand
  • All vehicles individually numbered with unique option codes
  • Limited Edition models feature outstanding performance upgrades including adaptive suspension and track-focused brake package
  • Customers encouraged to visit the Limited Editions webpage or contact their local Holden dealer to avoid disappointment

Holden New Zealand has released details of three special Limited Edition Commodore models, created as a result of a secret skunkworks type project at Head Office in Australia. 

The new models add sophisticated, track-focused driving technology to the already impressive 6.2-litre LS3 V8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and are the most capable Commodores ever produced.

Named in honour of an illustrious history in Australasian motoring and in celebration of the people who have contributed so much to Commodore’s success over the years, the SS-V Redline based Motorsport Edition and Calais V based Director take performance and luxury to a higher level, while the SS-V Redline ute based Magnum is the ultimate sports-performance statement.

“Given the undeniable sales success of Commodore in New Zealand as well as the numerous victories for our drivers in the Touring and Supercar Series, we have taken the opportunity to add our own Kiwi flavour to these limited edition models,” said the Managing Director of Holden New Zealand, Kristian Aquilina.

“In light of the motorsport heritage of Commodore, we asked our own Holden Supercar legend – four time Bathurst champion, Greg Murphy - to be part of this project.  Greg has graciously agreed to allow us to feature his famous number 51 as a key component of this exciting limited edition release.”

Both the Director and Magnum will be restricted to just 51 units in New Zealand, while the aptly named Motorsport edition will have an extended run of 151 vehicles.

Commodore enthusiasts wishing to purchase one of the limited edition models will have the opportunity to select a specific build number upon receipt of their deposit, although a small number of specific build numbers will be auctioned with proceeds to go to a new road safety initiative to be announced by Holden later this year.

“We anticipate there to be considerable interest in #5 (the racing number of the late Peter Brock), #88 (six time Australian Supercar champion, Jamie Whincup), and our own Supercar champion, #97 of Shane Van Gisbergen,” said Mr Aquilina.

“And it goes without saying, the number 51 will also prove popular – although I think one of the models might already have a particular racing driver’s name against it.”

Holden Ambassador, Greg Murphy, was suitably chuffed at his inclusion as part of the Limited Edition model programme in New Zealand.

“I’m rapt that my contribution to the famous Commodore nameplate over more than 20 years of racing is being recognised by Holden.

“These new models are sure to become an iconic part of motoring folklore, so who wouldn’t be thrilled to be forever linked with the absolute best of a legend.”

The recommended retail price of the new models is listed below and more information is available at the following websites:

Magnum - $74,290 (51 units)

Director - $85,290 (51 units)

Motorsport - $85,290 (151 units)

Overview : http://www.holden.co.nz/cars/commodore/limited-edition

Motorsport: http://www.holden.co.nz/cars/commodore/limited-edition/motorsport

Magnum : http://www.holden.co.nz/cars/commodore/limited-edition/magnum

Director : http://www.holden.co.nz/cars/commodore/limited-edition/director

More information about the Limited Edition Programme follows…

ENGINEERING

Holden’s Limited Editions Lead Development Engineer, Daniel Pinnuck, said the three Limited Editions used additional technology to squeeze even greater performance from Commodore and position one of New Zealand’s favourite vehicles as the most capable in General Motors globally.

“Motorsport Edition, Director and Magnum have developed from a Holden team passion project into road-going homages to our people and our rich heritage. They blend performance and technology to create the most capable Commodores we’ve ever built,” said Mr. Pinnuck.

“We had a great base with the 6.2-litre LS3 V8 engine but the addition of a Holden developed driver mode control system, featuring Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension, for the sedans and the introduction of our track-focused FE3 suspension for the ute, have given these cars even more to offer.

“We’ve also developed engine and transmission cooling packages to meet ‘GM level 3’ track performance, meaning Commodore now joins the likes of Corvette, Camaro and Cadillac CTS as among the most track-capable General Motors vehicles.”

HIGH-VALUE SPORTS ENHANCEMENTS

Leveraging the wealth of knowledge and content used in the global Zeta vehicle program, including on Camaro and Chevrolet SS, Holden engineers have employed 3.25kg lighter ‘floating disc’ front and rear cross-drilled rotors, an engine and transmission cooling package and 20-inch split wheels and tyres, ensuring the three Limited Editions are as unique under the skin as on the surface.

Sedan models, Motorsport Edition and Director, come with a driver mode control system including the first Holden badged Magnetic Ride Control system which, using three distinct settings (Tour, Sport and Performance), gives drivers the options to switch between different suspension tunes depending on the scenario.

The Magnetic Ride Control system employs a suspension position sensors on each corner of the vehicle to read road conditions and adjust dampers up to 100 times a second to ultimately give drivers greater ride comfort and superior handling.

Motorsport Edition takes track performance to another level with the use of a high-rate subframe bush to improve driver confidence under maximum lateral and braking events.

Also with a focus on performance, Magnum now packs the same FE3 rear suspension tune seen on the SS-V Redline sedan, further moving the sports ute into track territory rather than workhorse.

THE VEHICLES

Holden Commodore Motorsport - Nelson Bays Motor Group

Motorsport Edition – Limited to 151 vehicles in New Zealand (plus 1,200 in Australia)

Celebrating Commodore’s on-track success over the years, including over 460 Australian Touring Car Championship and V8 Supercars victories, Motorsport Edition comes with a range of styling enhancements.

Red DRL surrounds, red or black mirror scalps (depending on exterior body colour) and unique red lined 20-inch forged alloy wheels complement unique Motorsport Edition decals supporting the special content under the skin.

Key Features:

  • Driver mode control featuring Magnetic Ride Control suspension, developed specifically for the Motorsport vehicles, offers three distinct settings: Tour, Sport and Performance
  • High rate rear sub-frame bush for improved confidence under maximum lateral and braking events
  • Cross-drilled brake rotors, front and rear – with charcoal Brembo calipers
  • Engine and transmission cooling packages
  • New performance front seats (heated)
  • Embroidered instrument panel
  • 20” Split forged alloy wheels/high performance tyres
  • Unique Motorsport Edition badging and decals
  • Unique lip spoiler (optional wing)
  • Phantom black roof
  • Individual vehicle numbering and unique build option code (KOM)
  • Commemorative presentation case
  • Car cover
  • 1:18 Motorsport Edition Biante model

Director – Limited to 51 vehicles in New Zealand (plus 360 in Australia)

Available in very limited numbers, Director represents the ultimate blend of performance and luxury. Based on the Calais V sedan, Director adds a black roof, paddle shifters and hood vents and stands as a tribute to the original Director and the man that created it, the late Peter Brock.

Key Features:

  • Driver mode control featuring Magnetic Ride Control suspension, developed specifically for the Motorsport vehicles, offers three distinct settings: Tour, Sport and Performance
  • Paddle shifters
  • Hood vents
  • Cross-drilled brake rotors, front and rear – with charcoal Brembo calipers
  • Engine and transmission cooling packages
  • New performance front seats (heated)
  • Embroidered instrument panel
  • 20” Split forged alloy wheels/high performance tyres
  • Unique Director badging and black highlights
  • Alloy pedals
  • Unique lip spoiler
  • Phantom black roof
  • Individual vehicle numbering and unique build option code (DIR)
  • Car cover
  • Commemorative presentation case

Holden Commodore Magnum - Nelson Bays Motor Group

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Magnum – Limited to 51 vehicles in New Zealand (plus 240 in Australia)

Inspired by the original Magnum developed by Holden Dealer Team in 1983, the new Magnum Limited Edition is the quickest and best equipped Holden ute ever created. Celebrating the final year of ute production in Australia, Magnum includes heated performance front seats, hard tonneau cover and unique decals for ultimate road presence.

Key Features:

  • Sedan-tune FE3 rear suspension - biased towards improved ride and handling
  • Cross-drilled brake rotors front and rear – with charcoal Brembo calipers
  • Engine and transmission cooling packages
  • Hard tonneau cover
  • New performance front seats
  • Embroidered instrument panel
  • 20” Split forged alloy wheels/high performance tyres
  • Unique Magnum badging and decals
  • Unique Magnum rear window graphic
  • Individual vehicle numbering and unique build option code (UTE)
  • Car cover
  • Commemorative presentation case

With production numbers limited and the truly collectable nature of the three Limited Edition vehicles, customers are encouraged to visit their local Holden dealer or visit the Holden Limited Editions webpage and register their interest to avoid disappointment.

Images and video are available at: www.media.holden.com 

For more information contact your local Holden dealer, Nelson Bays Holden