What’s Faster: A Couch Or A Holden SS Ute?

Posted in Holden, Other Rides, Racing, Racing Coverage, Videos by Kurt Ernst | October 8th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

At first glance, this seems like a pretty easy question to answer. A Holden SS Ute (think of it as a modern Chevy El Camino, with an Australian accent) normally packs a 6.0-liter V-8, good for 362 horsepower, under it’s hood, but the Ute in the video has been tuned to produce 600 horsepower. A couch normally packs stale food and spare change between its cushions, and most only move when you smash into them with a vacuum cleaner. Read More…

What Car Would You Import to the U.S.?

Posted in Diesel, Domestic Rides, Featured, Ford, Holden, Mini by MrAngry | January 18th, 2011 | 13 Responses |


One thing that I absolutely despise is finding out about newly released automobiles and then learning that they’re not coming to the United States. For example, we recently told you about a new diesel powered Mini that’s set to be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show in March. It not only gets incredible fuel economy, but would be perfect for American consumers who are looking to do more with less. Then there is the case of Ford’s stellar 305-hp/325-lb-ft of torque turbocharged 2010 Ford Focus RS. This is a car that would likely set the hot-hatch import crowd on its ear and rack up all sorts of awards. Or what about the nut-ball sport pickup that resembles an old Chevrolet El Camino in the form of the Australian only, Holden Ute SS Redline. That sucker will not only satisfy your inner redneck, but it will do so above and beyond the 150 mph mark.
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2012 Camar-O-mino: The Ultimate in White Trash Transport.

Posted in Chevrolet, Concept Cars, Cool Stuff, Cross Over Vehicle, Custom, Holden by MrAngry | November 23rd, 2010 | 4 Responses |

2012 Camaromino

Well honk my hooter and call me Cletus! Someone has actually taken the time to create the ultimate in new age redneck transport. By mating a Holden Ute SSV with a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, a new breed of overland transport has been created. May I present to you the 2012 Camar-O-mino, and hot damn if this just don’t tickle the pickle. The Holden Ute SSV is basically the Australian version our beloved, and now defunct El Camino for those born after 1990. It’s also powered by the same 400 hp 6.0-liter V8 mill that found its way into the Pontiac GTO that was built from 2004-2006.
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But I’m Not Dead Yet: Will GM Sell The Pontiac G8 As A Chevy?

Posted in auto industry, Car Buying, Cars, Chevrolet, GM, Holden, New Cars, Newsworthy, Pontiac by Kurt Ernst | November 22nd, 2010 | 7 Responses |

2009 Pontiac G8 GXP

Enthusiasts with a penchant for full sized sport sedans bemoaned the day when GM pulled the plug on Pontiac. The Pontiac G8, a rebadged and Americanized Holden Commodore, was just what a power hungry public demanded to replace their Impala SS sedans, and Pontiac had worked out nearly all the bugs by the time GM killed the brand. Bankruptcy, a concern over tightening CAFE regulations and a focus away from performance cars precluded Chevy from rebadging the Commodore as a Caprice, at least for the civilian market. If you wanted to drive one on these shores, it looked like your only chance was to become a police officer in a department that was buying the new, Commodore-based, Chevy Caprice Police Interceptors.

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World Cup Matches, RideLust Style, For June 23

Posted in Automotive Event, Bizarre, Cool Stuff, Corvette, driving, Fiat, Funny, General, Holden, McLaren, Porsche, Racing, Renault by Kurt Ernst | June 23rd, 2010 | 10 Responses |


A German fan shows her... love.

It’s a new day and time for four new World Cup matches. A few games look to be blow-outs, since neither Algeria nor Ghana is known as an automotive superpower. As the American team found out last week, anything can happen in a World Cup match, so no outcome is certain in advance.

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Football, Meat Pies, Kangaroos and Holden Cars

Posted in Funny Videos, General, Holden by Kurt Ernst | February 5th, 2010 | 2 Responses |

Wow, just wow. Couldn’t pass up sharing this video from our friends at Hooniverse. Enjoy the gratuitous semi-nudity at the 21 second mark. Knowing Australians, it seems to me that they left out “beer”.

10 Awesome Car Commercials to help you waste your day.

Posted in Citroen, Ferrari, Ford, Ford GT, Formula 1, Holden, Mercedes Benz, Mustang, Nissan, Volkswagen by MrAngry | February 3rd, 2010 | 1 Response |

Now, before ya’ll get all twitchy on me because your favorite car commercial isn’t on this list, listen up! THIS ISN’T YOUR LIST – it’s my list. HOWEVER – if you know of some funny or awesome stuff out there then let us know and we’ll post it up. Hell, we can just make one big bulldog database of the best automotive commercials ever made… I’ll even put it together, just make sure you get me your recommendations.

Citroen C4 – TRANSFORM!!

Ok fine, it’s a bit hokey, but I grew up in the 1980’s and I dig these guys. Plus how often do you get to see a car really let loose and boogie down?

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Holden Commodore Gets Two Special Editions, Turns Us Green With Envy

Posted in Cars, Custom, Fast Cars, Favorite Cars, Foreign Cars, GM, Holden, New Cars, Newsworthy, Pictures by Suzanne Denbow | October 12th, 2009 | Leave a Reply |


Further illustrating how we in America are often short changed thanks to grossly inaccurate market demographic assessments, GM has announced the introduction of two special editions of the Holden Commodore (or the Pontiac G8/Vauxhall VXR8 for all you unfamiliar with Oz’s autos) to the Australian market. The first will be the SS V-Series Special Edition Sedan, Sportwagen, and Ute, which as the name suggests will be offered in three different body styles (but counts as only one special edition) and will be by far the sportier of the two. Like the equally as menacing G8, the SS V-Series edition will feature massive flaring nostrils, deck lid spoiler, and the obligatory chrome accessories.

The second limited edition vehicle (or the fourth, depending on how confusing you want to make this process) will be the Special Edition International Sedan and Sportwagon, which is considerably more sedate than the SS V-Series and designed primarily as a family-friendly vehicle. As such, the Commodore International will boast all the 5 star safety features of the base model Omega as well as 18″ alloy wheels, a Berlina front grille, leather appointed interior accessories, Rear Park Assist, Bluetooth, custom International badging, and chrome decklid and eyebrow molding.

Pricing for both editions will be typical for the brand with the SS V-Series ranging from $47,490 to $57,290 and the International from $35,990 to $37,990. Sales will begin in late November for Aussies, and approximately never for us poor American saps. Read More…

Top 10 Grey Market Cars Worth Bribing Customs For

Posted in Alfa Romeo, Audi, Car Buying, Cars, Citroen, Exotic Cars, Favorite Cars, Fiat, Ford, Foreign Cars, Holden, Pictures, Popular Cars, Racing, Rally, Renault, Sports Cars, Vauxhall by Suzanne Denbow | July 16th, 2009 | 42 Responses |

car carrier

Importing a grey market vehicle is a long, arduous, expensive task, which is generally why only those people employed by government-bankrolled investment firms or the Columbian cartel can afford to do it. Plebes like us are forced to make do with whatever the dealer has in stock or, more likely, whatever we can find on Craigslist for under 5 grand. If you have an “in” with the U.S. Department of Commerce and unlimited funds, however, there are 10 cars that are totally worth trying to smuggle through customs.

1. Ford Focus RS


This is not the same Focus that you see parked 10 abreast and 30 deep at the community college, this is the Ford Focus RS. Tagged a Lancer Evo-fighter without a trace of facetiousness, the Focus RS is a mean little machine thanks entirely to the low-pressure turbo genius of Volvo. Equipped with a 2.5L turbocharged inline 5, the Focus RS churns out a staggering 305-horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. Ordinarily, that much power coupled with a FWD layout is a recipe for one ugly, habitual understeer, but amazingly the Focus RS cuts corners on the track with razor-edge precision. The real deal-clincher? All of this can be had for around £25k (not including any relevant bribes, of course). Read More…

Flip-Flopping Goes Our Way: Pontiac G8 to Live (Again) as Chevy Caprice

Posted in Car Branding, Chevrolet, Detroit, Foreign Cars, Holden, Pontiac by Alex Kierstein | July 11th, 2009 | 2 Responses |

chevy caprice

You can always count on “Colonel” Bob Lutz, fighter jet pilot and GM demagogue, to keep us on our toes. Today’s bombshell? The on again, off again Pontiac G8 shall have another day in the sun … as a Chevy Caprice! GM head honcho Fritz had nixed the idea of rebadging the burly sedan, but good old Lutz realized he couldn’t just let the sedan totter off into the woods to die alone. Said Lutz to Automobile Magazine, “The last time we looked at [the G8], we decided that we would continue to import it as a Chevrolet. It is kind of too good to waste.” We agree heartily.

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