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    It is the devil dressed in white. Holden's new Commodore 'Superwagon' is a first family wagon to get the Walkinshaw treatment.

With a Walkinshaw V8 engine, the Holden Commodore Sportwagon is now Australia's most powerful family wagon.

The Walkinshaw Performance 6.0-litre V8 gains a WP190 supercharger that lifts power from 270kW to 450kW with torque from 530Nm to 770Nm. The power pack supercharger uses Eton internals and the rest of the V8 is massaged with water-to-air intercooling, WP cold air intake, high-flow injectors and a bi-modal exhaust. Walkinshaw's sales and marketing manager, Tony Harris says the Superwagon is a first for them.

"We've never done a wagon before," he says. "We really wanted to showcase the family element. It's a really user friendly every day car."

Harris says the car is aimed at some of the hot German performance wagons. To complete the upgrade there are special colour-coded bonnet scoops, lowered suspension, special 20-inch wheels and tyres and WP engine covers, mats and headrests. Walkinshaw Performance also adds on a high-end Rockford Fosgate stereo system, available on VE product for the first time. The audio upgrade does not compromise any of the car's existing electronic functions, like Bluetooth connectivity.

The Walkinshaw tweaks are not limited to the Sportwagon. They are available on the VE Commodore SS, SS-V, Calais, the Statesmen and Caprice, sedans and utes. Packages start from $3590 but enthusiasts can spend as much as $50,000 upgrading their cars.

Harris says the company "has never been busier" because of the peace of mind available with the no-cost warranty on performance upgrades.

"The warranty offer has been a catalyst for more business," he says. Harris says the company expects to modify about 1000 Holdens this year. The warranty deal applies equally to customers with a new Holden or Holden Special Vehicle car.

"More than 50 per cent of our inquiry is from Holden customers and the fact we are now offering a warranty on supercharged engines gives owners peace of mind," he says.

The warranty extends for the balance of the manufacturers' new car warranty. If a customer brings in a three-month old car in for a performance upgrade, Walkinshaw will cover the driveline for the remaining 33 months. Walkinshaw has not yet released performance figures for the wagon but it's tipped to hit 100km/h in under 5 seconds.

The full upgrade on the Sportwagon does not come cheap. The SS-V Sportwagon costs $57,290 but the full-blown WP treatment adds another $43,990.

"We had one customer who owned a 2008 HSV GTS who ended up spending $25,000 upgrading the car's performance," Harris says.

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  • Hate the front of the Walkie Wagon. I wish we'd stay away from the American styling and define our own Aussie style! Same goes for the current crop of HSV's!

    Q77 of Brisbane Posted on 15 August 2011 7:31pm
  • 100 grand is an awesome price. All these AMG's & Audi's that people are mentioning cost 3 times as much. Pity this thing has an ugly face though.

    alex Posted on 27 September 2010 7:18pm
  • No matter what happens it'll be a hit. There are plenty of bogans out there happy to part with a $100k for a Commodore wagon just to say its a Walkinshaw Holden.

    Troy of Brisbane Posted on 03 August 2010 1:21pm
  • Jarry, this isn't from Holden, it's from Walkenshaw Performance.

    jason of melb Posted on 28 April 2010 3:07pm
  • Why ever Holden thought a car needed six nostrils I don't know. What I do know is that this car is only the scraps left over form Pontiac and is likely to fall apart with all that power. Plus the new Audi Q7 V12 would flog this ugly piece of Holden crap.

    Jerry Atrick Posted on 21 April 2010 12:54pm
  • A bashed crab looks prettier.

    Peter Posted on 15 April 2010 1:55pm
  • Good old Aussie muscle... Keep up the good work!

    dwayno of bundy Posted on 14 April 2010 7:54pm
  • That car is hideous...

    potedude of Perth Posted on 14 April 2010 2:37pm
  • Man - that thing is ugly. What's with the punched on boxers nose ? How much fuel will that thing use ? It's surely not aimed at the family, but not at the commercial market either. It's surely about as American as we can make a car - overconsuming and overly ugly. Remember - the Euro's still make the best Station Wagons (or Touring as the Euro's call them). The Mondeo is bigger inside, and with the smart TDI engine has fantastic real world performance and excellent fuel economy.

    Get Real ! of Sydney Posted on 14 April 2010 11:03am

    Wazza of South Aust Posted on 14 April 2010 7:25am
  • Well done on this wagon, at least Holden are sticking with the wagon program unlike Ford trying to shove an UGLY looking european underpowered mondeo down our throats. Gee it reminds me of the AU series failure for Ford. Time will tell....

    lee of bendigo Posted on 13 April 2010 7:20pm
  • if im reading this correctly this wagon costs a max of $101,280.......... ALOT of money for a car thats not only fugly but also a Holden....

    Shaun Posted on 13 April 2010 6:56pm
  • No matter what front ends on it, IT STILL LOOKS UGLY.

    Wazza of South Aust Posted on 13 April 2010 3:29pm
  • Holdenmad..... its not hard to be the fastest of something when its the only one around..... it could have a lawnmower engine in it and it will still be the fastest Australian (assembeled) wagon...... well really it isnt a wagon is it? it is more of a hatch. but thats another argument.

    shaun Posted on 13 April 2010 1:20pm
  • Waste of money ! You get more street cred, more performance and wolf in sheeps clothing attitude with a AMG C63 Estate.

    Gunter Schmidt of Stuttgart Posted on 13 April 2010 12:58pm
  • Sweet Lord, did they nick a styling guru from Subaru?

    Patrick of SA Posted on 13 April 2010 12:33pm
  • @shaun my comments were addressed at elephino read his comment then mine. take it off, I was talking about the aftermarket kit or can't you read. Who's the tool. Idiot

    Holden mad of Brighton Vic Posted on 13 April 2010 12:17pm
  • only australian wagon now and one of the fastest and most powerful in the world there a a few euro wagons that are faster and more powerful but they still cost 3 times as much as the commy.

    jason of melb Posted on 12 April 2010 8:42pm
  • @holdenmad im pretty sure he is talking about the engine upgrades etc.... like a tool once said 'use your brain before you comment'.... you really are blinded by your holden fanboyism arnt you?

    shaun Posted on 12 April 2010 6:26pm
  • Then take it off and it's still the fastest Australian Wagon, use your brain before you comment. Take the front off and it's still the best, you can do this to a standard SSV as well. I don't mind this slugging match, but at least think a little before commenting.

    Holden mad of Brighton Vic Posted on 12 April 2010 5:20pm
  • It's still an after market kit, no matter how much it's described as "Australia's most powerful family wagon".

    elephino Posted on 12 April 2010 2:06pm
  • Yeh, Commodore #1 for 15 years, HSV #1 for 20 years - when you're this good the only ones that really care are those that are incredibly proud and those that are incredibly jealous!

    MD Posted on 12 April 2010 12:51pm
  • wazza what power war, Just look forward to your 4 cylinder falcon.

    holdenmad of Brighton Vic Posted on 12 April 2010 11:10am
  • the G8 front looks so menacing when you see them on the road, massive wow factor, probably more so than the HSV's

    kaygas of melbourne Posted on 10 April 2010 9:28pm
  • im with wazza.... looks like some P plater has gone to supercheap auto and modified the car himself...

    shaun Posted on 10 April 2010 10:05am
  • Wagon or not, wait till Coyote gets here...The coyote will eat the walkie and hsv " s****boxes"...The power war has just began. Look out Holden!

    Wazza of South Aust Posted on 09 April 2010 10:40pm
  • I am the Lucky owner of an SSV SE Sportswagon ManuaI in Voo Do. I had a Clubsport Sportswagon on Order, when they Released The 'Audi' look ( Series E2 Clubsport,Yuk!) I canclled. Yep, I just LOVE the SE Pontiac G8 Front!

    Julian of Sunny Coast QLD Posted on 09 April 2010 3:51pm
  • You're right Jason. I don't like the G8 front. Hey Wazza, let's put one of these against your Falcon wagon, ha! Oh yeah that's right, they sent it to the farm to cart hay and put air horns on them. Didn't Kenworth by them to sell them as a lite truck.

    Holden mad of Brighton Vic Posted on 09 April 2010 1:24pm
  • Chuck the holden nose back on it, delete the bonnet scoops and I want one.

    jason of melb Posted on 09 April 2010 10:51am
  • Looks great, you can see why they are so busy. Please do a LWB model next.

    Dave Posted on 09 April 2010 10:17am
  • Very ugly looking unit!

    Wazza of South Australia Posted on 09 April 2010 12:29am
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