Oh yeah, and the only transmission option is a manual.
When it comes to high horsepower entry-level American sedans, the search starts and stops at the Chevrolet SS. The under-appreciated car is unique to Chevy’s lineup because it's a rebadged Holden Commodore stuffed with a 415 horsepower V8 under the hood. It’s unlike any other car on US roads because, well, it’s technically the only Holden Commodore on US streets at all. Meanwhile in Australia, the Commodore has been pulling duty since 1978 and will retire in 2017.
After hearing the next tidbit of news, you’ll be sad to hear that no other Commodores will make it here because Australia is about to get one of the most wicked GM-built sedans ever. According to News Corp Australia, Holden got the thumbs up from Detroit to put an LS9 engine inside of the Commodore to commemorate the car after trademarking the name late last year. In case you need a refresher, the LS9 is the same supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that can be found stomping and kicking out 638 horsepower in the C6 Corvette ZR1. That engine even impressed Jeremy Clarkson, who typically hates all American cars. Unlike the ZR1, the power won’t come cheap because this Holden will have a price of $165,000, about twice as much as the second-best trim on the car.
Only 250 versions of the high-powered Commodore will ever be made, so if you live in Australia and want a $165,000 General Motors product, start writing that check. The price is steep, even for such a cool and rare car, but it’s an instant collectors item that should gain value in the future. However, this doesn’t mean that the LS9 Commodore should be a garage queen. A manual transmission and daily errand practicality mean that this car is built for racking up miles. While the price of this car can make a BMW M5 will suddenly seem more appealing, keep in mind that the Bimmer won’t have a stick shift. It’s doubtful we’ll see this car in the states unless you know a cop who can bypass import laws, but a guy can dream right?