The Last Holden Commodore Ever Might Be A Big Nasty ZR1-Powered Hell Sedan

The current LSA-engined Clubsport R8 LSA. Photo: HSV
The current LSA-engined Clubsport R8 LSA. Photo: HSV

There’s a maybe-supercharged V8 explosion coming from the southern shores of wonder, a ZR1-familiar LS9 stuck nose-up into the front of a Holden Commodore, which is Australian for “Chevrolet SS.” It’s the big boom time now, maybe, baby.


GM’s Aussie division Holden is closing up shop for good by the end of next year, and the rumor is Holden Special Vehicles might send it out the raw and dirty way with a Commodore sedan packing the 638 horsepower supercharged V8 motor from the last Corvette ZR1.

We get the rumor of this from Aussie rumormill, noticed by none other than Autoblog. Motoring says the vehicle from HSV, the meanest largest rough men and women of General Motors’ Oceanic Tire Smoke Division, will be called the GTS-R W1.

Do I ever trust any Australian car site? You mean the people always saying that a new RX-7 is just around the corner? Answer that yourself. Then do a burnout. It’s Aussie rules today and nobody’s stopping me. Facekick. Superpunch. Australia car. Shrimp on the barbie.

What are Motoring’s sources? We don’t know!

That’s the word from sources as the hot Holden tuner works towards a second-quarter 2017 launch for the W1, which will be powered by the awesome LS9 supercharged 6.2-litre V8 from the previous generation Corvette ZR1 supercar.

This would be the biggest. The baddest. The biggest. The baddddest. The one last shot breaking out from Muscle Car Hell to sully our Clean Fine Efficient Future with black marks down the pavement.

Holden also had a GTS-R back in ‘96. That was a surplus taxi with a stroker motor. This new W-1 is a last-of-the-breed rear-drive full-size Commodore/G8/Caprice, but with the screamin’ supercharged ‘Vette engine under the hood.


Motoring also has other specifications about Australian-spec suspension and other things that I can’t verify and will only know if and when the car makes an official debut.

For now all I can hope is that the Aussie hoons put the supercharger on an electronic clutch for a dash-mounted switch, Mad Max-style.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.



What else than an LS for The Last of the Australian V8s?

Unless Ford comes up with a big, burly Falcon with a Voodoo and the tallest blower ever, with a choice of either MFP or Road Warrior livery.