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304kW SS kicks off at $44,490

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COMMODORE V8 pricing rises by $1500 across the board to match its rising displacement. Thatís $34 per extra kilowatt and $28 for every additional newton metre on the auto models.

Cheapest ticket to LS3 6.2-litre ownership is the $40,990 SS ute manual, still impressive considering the 4.9sec 0-100km/h performance. Now standard on SS are keyless entry and auto start, and a switchable bi-modal sports exhaust.

The SS-V swaps the 18s for 19s and adds leather, sat-nav, clear tail-lights (on sedan), hood vents and colour head-up display.

The SS-V Redline gets rear Brembos to match the fronts (a non-branded performance brake package is a $350 option on regular SS and SS-V), FE3 sports suspension, sunroof and Bose audio.

Above the manual ute pricing (SS $41K/SS-V $44,490/SS-V Redline $50,490) another $3500 buys the sedan, a further $2200 gets a six-speed automatic and then $2000 on top of that snares the auto-only Sportwagon; it tops out at $58,190 in SS-V Redline guise.

That almost matches LS3 Caprice pricing which remains unchanged at $60,990, and it borders the Calais V ($55,490 sedan/$57,490 Sportwagon), which scores a limited-slip diff and an optional bi-modal exhaust.