The V6 AWD is es­sen­tially what the cur­rent SV6 is, but smoother & suave

Wheels (Australia) - - Headtoheaod -

strong­est ini­tial im­pres­sion. It’s ex­cel­lent. Feed­ing through plenty of in­for­ma­tion even at straight-ahead, guided by the same de­light­fully tac­tile and per­fectly sized wheel as in the As­tra, it’s a cru­cial high-point of the ZB Com­modore’s dy­namic ex­pe­ri­ence.

It’s won­der­fully light at park­ing speeds, span­ning 2.7 turns lock-to-lock in the V6 (2.8 turns in the four, with its slightly tighter 11.1m turn­ing cir­cle), but ut­terly seam­less in the way it firms up as speeds rise. “Speed blend­ing” is what Tru­biani calls it, and they’ve nailed it. In­creased hard­ware and a heav­ier en­gine ac­count for the V6’s slightly meatier weight com­pared to the 2.0-litre, but both de­liver beau­ti­fully crisp feel, and the V6’s dash of ex­tra heft seems per­fectly in keep­ing with its ballsy per­son­al­ity. qui­eter, too, though nei­ther of the new cars have their full “N and V” (noise and vi­bra­tion) pack­ages in­stalled. And the VFII’S loungier seats some­how suit its more im­pe­ri­ous feel.

Just near Mir­boo North, we di­vert east on a 36km loop to the town of Boolarra, then along the bril­liant Boolarra-mir­boo North Road to just past Dar­limurla for proper back-to-back dy­namic test­ing.

With Holden en­gi­neer Henry Wein­lich set­ting a crack­ing pace, I bring up the rear in the VFII Calais and start to re­alise this is all a bit like history re­peat­ing it­self. If the Ger­man ZB is the spir­i­tual rein­car­na­tion of the orig­i­nal 1978 VB Com­modore, then I’m in a lat­ter-day HZ Premier, the last of the old school be­fore youth and tech­nol­ogy take over. It’s a slightly

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