Who doesn’t want a 1,100 horsepower station wagon?
Even though Holden-badged automobiles were never sold in the United States, several models did. The last Pontiac GTO, the Pontiac G8, the underrated Chevrolet SS, and the police-only Caprice are among them. We were disappointed when General Motors announced that the Australian nameplate would be phased out, bringing an end to a long and illustrious history.
But just because Holden is no longer alive doesn’t mean his legacy will be forgotten. The brand is still well-liked by the aftermarket sector in its home market. Take, for example, this VE Commodore Sportwagon that has been bagged and boosted.
Before the brand’s death in 2020, the VE was the second-to-last Australian-designed Commodore. Glenn Tronic’s Sportwagon was one of the few SS V variants with a manual transmission, making it an uncommon car. These waggons were equipped with a 6.0-liter V8 engine that produced 362 horsepower (270 kilowatts) and 391 pound-feet (530 Newton-meters) of torque right out of the box. In other words, this was the Pontiac G8 waggon that was never sold in North America.
Glenn bought the automobile as is, but he wanted more from the V8 engine. He began by beefing up the engine’s internals for a naturally aspirated tuning. However, the allure of more horsepower was too strong to resist, so a big turbo was installed. The added boost provides this Commodore Sportwagon 1,129 horsepower, according to the car’s owner (842 kilowatts). Despite the power, Glenn claims that his turbo waggon is extremely reliable.
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The HDT (Holden Dealer Team) decals and embellishments on this waggon may be seen by readers from Down Under. Glenn’s HDT parts, rather than the “typical” HSV (Holden Special Vehicles) way, give it a throwback look. The rear-window curtains are also as Australian as they come.
Glenn installed an air suspension system in addition to the significant engine changes. He is aware that bags divide opinion in the aftermarket industry, but he adds that it is also what distinguishes this design. The compressor takes up a lot of room in the cargo area, but there’s still enough room to be functional.