Holden’s answer to XR8

RUMOURS persist that Holden will fit its 6.2-litre atmo V8 into the Commodore SS for its swansong.

The larger V8 has been exclusively fitted to HSVs as a key point of difference for its more expensive models. While the SS currently uses a 270kW 6.0- litre unit, a 6.2-litre version wouldn’t threaten the HSV’s 430kW GTS flagship, but would be a solid return salvo to the new XR8 Falcon’s 335kW blown V8. While Holden hasn’t commented on the larger V8, it has denied the SS will be fitted with HSV’s magnetic dampers, despite the US version – the Chevrolet SS – being fitted with them for 2015.