Nurburgring

Holden Commodore Ute at the Ring

V8-powered two-door pickup looking good at the Nurburgring.

These aren’tspy shots in the strictest sense, but how often do you see a pickup sprintingon the Nurburgring? Wearing Australian license plates, the Holden VF CommodoreSS V ute, caught completely undisguised as it goes through some last-minutedynamic tweaking, is just a few weeks away from launching Down Under. Holden testits cars all over the world, so the fact the carmaker is in Germany doesn’t necessarily meanthe SSV ute will be sold in Europe.

Perhaps it could make it to the UK, sold in limited numbers with a Vauxhall badge, but there’s no confirmation as such. Under the hood is the same 6.0-liter V8 used in the VE (the car that preceded the new VF and was sold in the US as the Pontiac G8), and not the 6.2-liter LS3 unit that sits in the new Chevy SS sedan sold in the US. GM is unlikely to offer the ute in the States, although a Commodore Sportwagon could find its way Stateside.

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