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An echo of our motoring history

HOLDEN has a really special once-in-a-lifetime offer for buyers with the release of its Best of the Best, three new limited edition Commodores, but the word is that you need to be as quick as the racing legends who have driven them if you want one.

Holden’s three new limited edition V8 Commodore models, the Motorsport, Director and Magnum, were created as a result of a secret skunkworks-type project at head office in Australia.

What a mighty trio they are — adding sophisticated track-focused technology to the already impressive 6.2 litre LS3 V8 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission — resulting in the most capable Commodores ever produced.

There is real background to the release.

Named in honour of an illustrious part of the history of 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 represents the ultimate sports performance standard.

“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 Holden New Zealand managing director Kristian Aquilina.

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

It is an offer almost too tempting for Holden aficionados.

The Director and Magnum models have been restricted to just 51 units in New Zealand while the Motorsport edition will have an extended run of 151 vehicles. Obviously these are going to be major collector’s vehicles of the future, with considerable interest in Number 05, the racing number of the late Peter Brock, Number 88, Australian supercar champion Jamie Whincup, and New Zealand’s own champion, Number 97, Shane Van Gisbergen.

One of Enterprise Holden’s customers has struck the jackpot by securing Number 05, which carries the name of the late “King of the Mountain”, Peter Brock. A real stroke of luck.

All three limited edition models feature outstanding performance upgrades, including adaptive suspension and a track- focused brake package.

The Magnum is priced at $74,290, while the Director and Motorsport both sell for $85,290.

With 24 Bathurst wins and 470 ATC/supercar victories, Holden are an icon of motorsport. This is a chance to be part of that proud history.