Holden says the Motorsport, Director, and Magnum Limited Edition Commodores are the 'best of the best.'

October 20, 2017. That’s the date when the sun will set on Australian production of the Holden Commodore at the factory in Elizabeth, an outer northern suburb of Adelaide. At the same time, the date marks the end of the rear-wheel-drive Commodore era since the next-gen model will take the shape of a rebadged FWD Opel Insignia Grand Sport imported from Germany.

But before the RWD Commodore’s demise, Holden has prepared three special editions of the outgoing model: Motorsport (1,200 units), Director (360 units), and Magnum (240 units). All of them are going to be individually numbered and will feature unique option codes to make them stand out from the current crop of Commodores.

2017 Holden Commodore special editions
2017 Holden Commodore special editions

Holden says these are going to be the “the most capable Commodores ever” and will be based on the SS-V Redline in the case of the Motorsport and the ute Magnum models whereas the Director starts off as a Calais V. Go for the sedans and you get the Magnetic Ride Control suspension offering three different settings to choose from:  Tour, Sport and Performance. The sedans also have engine and transmission cooling packages and ride on 20-inch forged alloy wheels shod in high-performance tires. A bespoke rear lip spoiler has been added on the Motorsport and Director editions, and for the former you can opt for a rear wing.

As far as the Magnum ute is concerned, it uses a FE3 rear suspension featuring a sedan tune tweaked to deliver better handling. Charcoal Brembo calipers are paired with cross-drilled front and rear brake rotors, while a hard tonneau cover is also part of the deal. This one too gets the aforementioned engine and transmission cooling packages, as well as the wheels and a bunch of badges and decals shared with the others.

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Pricing is already out for what Holden describes as being “best of the best.” The Motorsport Edition kicks off at $61,790 for the manual and you can have it with an automatic transmission if you’re willing to pay an extra $2,200. The Director costs $63,990 and comes exclusively with an auto, while the Magnum ute will set you back $59,290 with the manual and $61,490 with the auto. Australian dollars, of course.

Source: Holden

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Best of The Best: Holden Reveals Three New Limted Edition Commodores

  • Motorsport Edition, Director and Magnum Limited Edition Commodores make public debut alongside new 2017 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Supercars
  • Highly desirable and truly collectable: just 1200 Motorsports, 360 Directors and 240 Magnums to be built, all 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 has today honoured its local legacy whilst celebrating its future in Australian motorsport, unveiling three very special new Limited Edition Commodores alongside the inaugural reveal of the new 2017 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Supercars.

The three new Limited Edition Commodores, created as a result of a secret skunkworks type project, add sophisticated, track-focused driving technology to the already impressive 6.2-litre LS3 V8 engine, to produce the most capable Commodores ever.

Named in honour of an illustrious history in Australian motoring and in celebration of the people that 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 plane, while the SS-V Redline ute based Magnum explores the unique ability of ‘Australia’s own sports car’.

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 Australia’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 TM… 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 ControlTM… 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 ControlTM… 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

Motorsport Edition – Limited to 1200 vehicles

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 mirror scalps* 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 ControlTM… 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
  • 1:18 Motorsport Edition Biante model

* mirror scalps red or black depending on body colour

Director – Limited to 360 vehicles

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 ControlTM… 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)
  • Commemorative presentation case

Magnum – Limited to 240 vehicles

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)
  • 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.

PRICING - RRP

Motorsport Edition – manual$61,790

Motorsport Edition – automatic$63,990

Director – automatic$63,990

Magnum – manual$59,290

Magnum – automatic$61,490

…Magnetic Ride Control is a trademark of BWI group