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Holden Commodore SS V Craig Lowndes

There isn’t much point talking about the Craig Lowndes edition, specifically, as it is being made in very limited numbers. In fact, you probably can’t even buy one anymore. Just 233 are being made and the last we heard around 150 were pre-sold before it actually hit the showroom. Fortunately, the MY2015 Commodore SS V Redline does come with plenty of tasty highlights and updates itself, and is very similar to this.

Specific to the special edition, you get 20-inch black alloy wheels, unique black decals on the bonnet with ‘6.0-litre V8′ inscriptions, black decals down the sides with Lowndes’s signature, a black roof, and a big black spoiler on the boot lid. Aside from these cosmetic highlights, it’s pretty much an MY15 Commodore SS V Redline.

Holden made some refinements to the Commodore range for the model update, with the Redline getting paddle shifters for the first time, new 19-inch black alloy wheels, and a black valance/diffuser section at the back. All models also get revised steering for a firmer on-centre feel, with two settings (Sport and Competitive) altered for the Redline.

The Commodore is still one of the biggest sedans you can buy in Australia at the moment, offering plenty of cabin space for front and rear passengers. In the Craig Lowndes edition it’s no different. Passengers get big comfy and chunky sports seats too, partial leather and grippy Alcantara, and an electric sunroof to play with.

Sitting in the centre of the dash is Holden’s MyLink touch-screen interface. It comes with various apps including internet-based Pandora and Stitcher. The interface itself is relatively simple to use, with big clear buttons and reasonably sharp graphics. Some of the menus can seem a little clunky though, particularly when browsing through radio stations.

In terms of safety tech, there have been some improvements made to the software of the rear-view camera with the introduction of curved guidance lines. All variants get blind-spot monitoring, lane-change assist, forward-collision alert, and automatic steering for parking. MY2015 models also get ISOFIX child seat anchorage points.

Published: Friday, April 17, 2015

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