Holden’s fresh Face

Herald Sun - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE CONFIDENTIAL - Joshua Dowling

STAR V8 Su­per­car driver Craig Lown­des has put his name to a spe­cial edi­tion Holden, not that the brand is shout­ing out about it — the news has emerged on Face­book.

The Lown­des Com­modore V8 con­tin­ues the legacy left by his fallen hero Peter Brock, whose sig­na­ture touch graced thou­sands of Com­modores in the 1980s and 1990s.

Brock Com­modores typ­i­cally were made in batches of 500 but the Lown­des SS-V Red­lines, in­di­vid­u­ally num­bered, are tipped to be even more ex­clu­sive.

A con­fi­den­tial bul­letin sent out by Holden deal­ers has in­di­cated they will be built to or­der — pho­tos posted on Face­book show each car has a Lown­des badge on the bootlid.

A dealer’s post reads: “Look­ing to own a piece of Holden Mo­tor­sport His­tory? Holden is re­leas­ing a Limited Edi­tion Craig Lown­des VF SSV to cel­e­brate Craig’s first drive with Holden 20 years ago. There is only a very limited num­ber of cars be­ing built and they are cur­rently on pre­sale.”

The Lown­des V8 gets no power up­grades but is loaded with all the avail­able tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing the Com­modore’s head-up dis­play, crash avoid­ance alert and key­less start, among other fea­tures.

Other visual high­lights: the al­loy wheels, mir­ror caps, fen­der vents and rear wing are fin­ished in black.

There are also three thick black stripes on the bon­net and a flash of black along the doors on both sides.

“Apart from be­com­ing a part of Holden Mo­tor­sport His­tory you will also re­ceive money- can’t-buy ex­pe­ri­ences and have the chance to select your build num­ber (first in first served),” says the dealer post.

The dealer does not dis­close what the “money can’t buy” ex­pe­ri­ence may be but chances are it’s a day with the five-times Bathurst 1000 win­ner at a track, pre­sum­ably putting the car through its paces.

Holden had yet to re­spond to queries about the Lown­des Com­modore as Cars­guide went to print, so pric­ing and ex­act build num­ber are not con­firmed.

Get friendly: Lown­des and his spe­cial edi­tion Com­modore V8

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