the last Aussie Holden, because it’s right in sweet spot of the Commodore range and surprisingly good value.
It is roomy relaxed in a way you only normally feel something like flagship Benz.
kicks hard M-car hot rod from BMW has the cabin class of an Audi.
All right, fuel economy is plain awful if you unleash V8 for more than occasional overtaking spurts. It feels about 250kg overweight, the equivalent of carrying a couple passengers all time. There is no USB socket in the console, and mirrors are far too small windscreen pillars far too big thanks to a late move to fit them with airbags.
I can excuse the engine because it’s what keen drivers want. The pillars and mirrors would have cost far too much update but including a USB should been easy. MyLink never agreed with my iPhone despite running Pandora and Stitcher. That’s the few failings out of way — car emerges as a classic.
The driving position is very good with sports leather seats on the Redline, there is an excellent colour head-up display — biggest speedo readout I’ve yet seen
shift paddles work well and trip car into Sport mode, and the infotainment system is big with a touch screen.
Most of time, the Redline is big, loping labrador that keen to please. It’s very quiet, the auto shifts smoothly, brakes are powerful and there is
good feel through the steering.
At first car seems overly soft in suspension, particularly when it has revised FE3 sports pack for sharper response with 19-inch alloys and 35-series tyres.
But the magicians at Holden’s Lang Lang proving ground have managed to make the car both compliant and grippy. It floats over most undulations is not troubled by bumps. When you put your foot down hooks up puts all its power on the road.
Hoons could make Redline misbehave but it’s a grown-up car for grown-ups who want to travel swiftly, not fast. It can be very fast if you ask, but otherwise it does the labrador thing.
If you’re really interested it will blast to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds and there is a pleasing pop-bang note from exhaust on downshifts. There are also that signature V8 grumble and slight rocking sensation when you’re idling at the lights.
I also like Redline can tow 2.1 tonnes comes with a full-size alloy spare, although it’s to replace slightly narrower front wheels on the car.
The Commodore Redline is the best Holden I’ve driven. It also the Australian-made car deserves better than a shabby exit. Now’s it’s goodbye and thanks for memories.