According to the latest rumors off the mill, the powerful rear-wheel drive, V8 sedan will get the axe in favor of a more emissions-friendly V6 hatchback that will wear the VXR moniker.
The Holden Commodore is undergoing significant changes when the generational switch arrives – changing the platform from RWD to a FWD one – but it appears the iconic SS model is also getting the retirement card. The SS moniker was introduced back in 1982 on the VH Commodore, borrowed from sister brand Chevrolet – and it has been used to designate the quickest and most powerful version of every subsequent generation of Commodore, up to the 08 horsepower (304 kilowatts) VF II SS.
While Holden production will cease in Australia, the Commodore nameplate will not be axed, as it will get a new NG generation – sometime in 2018 – but the catch is the model is being transformed into a rebadged version of the new generation Opel Insignia. The range will get its performance model – using a naturally-aspirated, 3.6-liter V6 packing 308 hp (230 kW) and 273 pound-feet (370 Newton meters) of torque, in an all-wheel drive configuration with a nine-speed automatic transmission. According to rumors, this model will use Vauxhall’s VXR badge – in translation VauXhall Racing.