QUICKEST EVER COMMODORE
HOLDEN DIPS INTO ITS BAG OF TRICKS FOR THE FINAL GENERATION OF ITS POPULAR SEDAN
IN THE dying months of local production, Holden has ripped the covers off the most powerful Commodore ever.
With the VFII comes a “new” 6.2litre LS3 engine to all V8 models, essentially a detuned HSV engine with exhaust extractors deleted.
The big banger V8 comes with a stirring V8 soundtrack courtesy of a bi-modal exhaust and mechanical sound enhancer.
The powerful engine delivers 304kW and a strident 570Nm of torque, with peak torque earlier in the rev range compared to the outgoing model. It makes the new car the quickest Commodore ever.
VFII boasts new styling cues including bonnet vents and front fascia ducts.
Holden revised the sedan’s rear suspension stabiliser bar and, in conjunction with a reduction in rear spring rate and retuned dampers, claims improvements to both overall ride comfort and handling.
The Redline Sportwagon and Ute also benefit from the revised damper tuning.
PARTNERING the new engine are a number of brake options, each designed to fulfil the needs of specific customers. Holden’s standard brake option provides everyday performance, while the optional Performance Brake package, developed for police applications, now becomes available for retail V8 customers. The top of the range, SS-V Redline model boasts Brembo brakes on all four wheels to further optimise track day performance.
THE LS3 engine has a revised dif- ferential ratio for more acceleration, while the bi-modal exhaust, mechanical sound enhancer and “Baillie Tip” ensure a note to savour from the V8 Commodore. The bi-modal exhaust is activated by a button on VFII’s 8in colour touchscreen. The “Baillie Tip”, developed by Holden engineer, Dr David Baillie, consists of a unique opening in the exhaust that rever- berates sound back towards the cabin, increasing the sound level up to 10 per cent.
ONE of the considerations in using the bigger engine is heat management and air flow. Holden spent time at Monash University to develop aerodynamic performance for the car.
All VFII sports models receive a new front fascia complete with a larger grille. Fascia ducts allow for improved aerodynamic performance. VFII V8 sports models receive a further engine cooling aide in bonnet vents that allow the release of hot air directly out of the engine bay while simultaneously giving the car a more aggressive appearance. The bonnet vents have also been engineered to redirect water away from critical electrical components.
HOLDEN’S Design Director, Richard Ferlazzo, said VFII’s design changes complemented the engineering work done under the bonnet and ensured the car continued to stand out on the road.
“In addition to the fascia and hood vents, we’ve introduced new, clear lens rear lights on selected sedans and LED tail lamps on the Sportwagon, which when combined with a suite of new wheel designs, gives the car a more premium appearance.”
Commodore VFII is in dealerships now with demand for the unbridled V8 variant expected to be extremely strong.
You can register an interest to buy a V8 at your local Holden dealer or via the Holden website.
Commodore VFII prices start at the Evoke auto sedan V6 at $35,490.
Call Heartland Holden Penrith, Evan St, Penrith on 4732 1966. Also Heartland Holden, St Marys on 9673 2111.
The top of the range, SS-V Redline model now boasts Brembo brakes on all four wheels to further optimise track day performance.
The top-of-the-range Redline sports model puts out 304kW of power and 570Nm of torque.