GM Australia is celebrating 70 years of Holden utes with a 390 kW VEII SS-V Redline Ute that could be yours
To get the keys to the one-time Holden Tribute from Supercars legend Craig Lowndes, all you need to do is have your Holden serviced at a Holden Certified Service Outlet or purchase ACDelco oil through the GM Trade Parts program.
According to GM Australia and New Zealand, the “revamped” VE Ute aims to celebrate the contribution that Holden Ute has made to both Australia and New Zealand over seven decades and to highlight the company’s continued commitment to the 1.6 million Holden utes that are still on the road today.
While the Holden TribUTE isn’t based on the final and greatest VFII (MY17) SS-V Redline Ute, it is powered by a Chevrolet Performance 6.2 liter LS3 V8 with 525 PS (390 kW) and a T56 Super Magnum Heavy – Duty six-speed manual transmission.
The TribUTE will also be equipped with “trackable” GM FE3 suspension, improved transversely drilled Brembo brakes at the front and rear and offset 20-inch wheels.
Original Holden and ACDelco parts are used by a Holden Certified Service Outlet and a GM Certified Collision Repairer to manufacture the one-off.
“An Australian icon was born almost 70 years ago,” said GM Aust / NZ in a press release announcing the promotion.
“Good looking but robust, versatile and durable, a workhorse that has evolved into a thoroughbred. A hard worker with a relaxed demeanor – a symbol of the Australian way of life: the Holden Ute.
“In 1951 the first Holden Ute rolled off the production line – and produced an icon that spanned several generations and has established itself in our culture.
“From the popular FJ Holden Ute to the definitive VFII, each model made its own colorful and characterful contribution to the legend of the Holden Ute.
“After 70 years of evolution, the Holden Ute will remain forever linked to her legacy through the lion emblem she proudly displays.”
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