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Holden Special Vehicles Grange debuts at Sydney International Motor Show.

Combining an elegant, individual sense of style with traditional HSV hard edged performance cues, the WM Grange has debuted at the Sydney International Motor Show ahead of its wider Australian release in 2007.

Managing Director of Holden Special Vehicles Mr Phil Harding said the all new Grange provided the ultimate in Australian luxury with an engine and suspension package destined to make the WM a ‘classic’.

“We are delighted to welcome the WM Grange to the HSV range, which combines all the luxury and performance of the E series in a roomy, completely new, long wheel based edition”, Mr Harding said.

“The Grange is everything the Australian public have come to expect from a car wearing the Holden Special Vehicle badge, at a price that will make overseas ‘competitors’ blush”.

Mr Harding said he expected strong demand for the Grange within Australia but were also confident of continuing the HSV push internationally.

“We are intending to build on the successful export of Grange into China, exploring new markets for this new Grange”, Mr Harding said.

Styling and design

WM Grange continues the HSV mantra of ‘Luxury and Performance’. The emphasis is on restrained elegance giving only a hint of the model’s true performance potential.

Front facia and rear bib are totally unique – the front featuring an understated premium European-style chrome grille complemented by a thin chrome surround for the lower intake. The chrome theme continues on the window surrounds. Elegant 10-spoke 19-inch alloy wheel add further sophistication to the side elevation.

At the rear there’s a subtle lower diffuser, a set of four premium exhaust tips, a flush mounted rear spoiler and discreet Grange badging. Hi-tech LED rear lamps give a low, wide look to the rear of the car.

Interior styling is everything you would expect in HSV’s top or the range luxury model. Colour combinations and quality trim materials have been carefully selected to reinforce the sophisticated individual character and unique seating offers excellent lateral support and sumptuous comfort.

Grange also offers a no-cost option of ‘Light Urban’ trim which is designed to contrast to the standard dark ‘Onyx’ trim throughout. By using classic horizontal colour elements set in relief against the dark lower and upper cabin trims, it creates a high class interior ambience that’s very much typical of European flagship models. Other sporting highlights include a unique HSV instrument cluster and a chunky design steering wheel rim.

Grange highlights

LS2 6 Litre V8 (307KW and 550Nm)
6L80 E six-speed automatic transmission
HSV Premium Four-Piston Brake System
Exclusive ‘Luxury Performance’ body styling
19-inch alloy wheels
Unique Grange leather seats and interior
Optional ‘Light Urban’ trim (no-cost)
ESC – Electronic Stability Control
MRC – Magnetic Ride Control
Unique HSV instrument cluster and steering wheel
Curtain air bags – six air bags in total
Rain sensing wipers
Rear, headrest mounted, DVD Player
Tyre pressure monitor
Tri-zone electronic climate control
Bi-Xenon headlights (self levelling)
LED tail lamps, with 10 way electric fronts and three memory settings
Heated exterior mirrors
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Edmunds Full Test: 2007 Holden Commodore SS

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What Works:
Stout 6.0-liter V8 engine, well-sorted six-speed manual transmission and clutch, crisp handling and steering, spacious interior, just-right exhaust burble.

What Needs Work:
The steering wheel is on the wrong side, left-handed shifting is not our cup of tea, flush-fitting parking brake handle looks like a pinch point.

Bottom Line:
Holden's 2007 Commodore SS is an engaging rear-drive performance sedan. Let's hope its virtue remains intact when GM morphs it into the 2008 Pontiac G8 GT.
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my god the things that engine could do once you opened it up

unfortunately, fuel economy on this bad boy won't be competitive

and 3900 lbs is a bit portly for my tastes - but I guess this is more a full size car, so it should take on the 550i (or new 535i), not the 335i
 

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Pontiac to Get U.S. Version of Holden Ute

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The name of Pontiac's Ute will be the 'G8 ST', short for Sport Truck. It will only be sold with Holden's new 6.0-liter Gen IV V8. No V6. Pricing is expected to start at $31,000.

For some first drive impressions, check out our time behind the wheel of the right-hand-drive 2007 Holden Ute down under.

The Holden Ute is expected to join the 2008 G8 sedan and Commodore wagon to create a family of high-performance rear-wheel-drive cars in Pontiac's portfolio later this decade.
 

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Subaru brat on steroids.
 
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