Last of the locally made Holden Commodore to be the fastest and most powerful with 304kW LS3 V8
Holden has unveiled the final Australian-made Holden Commodore range to the world this morning. Branded the Commodore VFII, the centrepiece of the upgraded Commodore range is a new 6.2 litre LS3 V8 that develops 304kW and 570Nm of torque, the most powerful in the Holden Commodore’s history. The new motor is said to help the manual version of the new V8 Commodore to complete the hallowed 0-100 dash in 4.9 seconds. Automatic V8 models will no longer suffer a power deficit to their manual counterparts.
A new bimodal exhaust and a mechanical sound enhancer have been fitted to enhance the V8 driving experience.
Further changes to the top of the range Holden Commodore SSV Redline include functional vents in the bonnet, active ducts in the new front bumper for improved aerodynamic efficiency and Brembo brakes at all four corners to help ensure the Commodore can stop as quickly as it accelerates.
An optional black roof is available on sports models.
Handling and refinement have been heightened, with Holden tweaking the Commodore’s FE3 rear suspension system at their Lang Lang proving ground.
The remainder of the VFII revisions are a little more restrained: there are new bumpers and grilles across the board, sedan models are fitted with clear tail lamp lenses and the Sportwagon will have LED rear lights and the Calais sedan will now have unique boot lid lettering.
New alloy wheels are fitted across the range, in either 18 on 19inches in diameter, depending on the model. SSV Redline customers will have the option of 20 inch forged wheels, and the Brembo braking package is available as an option on all V8 models, including the Holden Caprice V.
Two new colours have also been added to the Commodore’s paint palette with Slipstream Blue and Empire Bronze the latest additions.
The interior remains relatively unchanged.
Holden’s Chairman and Managing Director, Mark Bernhard said the new Holden Commodore is a zenith in the locally made car’s history, and blends all its strengths “we made a commitment to keep this iconic car exciting and relevant for Australian motorists, and that is exactly what we have done. This is the vehicle that our Commodore customers have been asking for,” said Mr. Bernhard.
“Commodore VFII is powerful and refined, it will evoke emotion in its driver and exhibits all of the hallmarks Commodore has become renowned for over the years.
“Commodore represents 37-years of innovation, performance and technological advancements and has earned its place as Holden’s longest-standing and most successful nameplate.”
Bernard also hinted that Holden’s local engineers will have input into the next generation Holden Commodore which will be a modified version of the Opel Insignia, built in Germany “…Holden is committed to ensuring we will continue to have engineering and design input into Commodore, and every other Holden vehicle in our range, for generations to come.”
The Holden Commdore VFII range will arrive in showrooms from October.
A recommended retail price list has been provided below.
Commodore VFII Sedan
- Evoke, V6 Auto $35,490
- SV6, V6 Man / Auto $37,290 / $39,490
- SS, Man / Auto $44,490 / $46,690
- SSV, V8 Man / Auto $47,990 / $50,190
- SSV Redline, V8 Man / Auto $53,990 / $56,190
- Calais, V6 Auto $41,290
- Calais V, V6 Auto $47,990
- Calais V, V8 Auto $55,490
Commodore VFII Sportwagon
- Evoke, V6 Auto $37,490
- SV6, V6 Auto $41,490
- SS, V8 Auto $48,690
- SSV, V8 Auto $52,190
- SSV Redline, V8 Auto $58,190
- Calais, V6 Auto $43,290
- Calais V, V6 Auto $49,990
- Calais V, V8 Auto $57,490
- Evoke, V6 Auto $33,490
- SV6, V6 Man / Auto $33,990 / $36,190
- SS, V6 Man / Auto $40,990 / $43,190
- SSV, V6 Man / Auto $44,490 / $46,690
- SSV Redline, V8 Man / Auto $50,490 / $52,690
- Caprice V, V8 Auto $60,490
Optional performance brakes and 20 inch wheels
- Performance brakes (V8s only) $350
- 20 inch forged alloy wheels (Redline only) $1,500