QUICK­EST EVER COM­MODORE

HOLDEN DIPS INTO ITS BAG OF TRICKS FOR THE FI­NAL GEN­ER­A­TION OF ITS POP­U­LAR SEDAN

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CARS GUIDE -

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.

STYLING

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.

BRAKES

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.

RE­VISED

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.

AIR FLOW

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.

STAND OUT

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.

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