Hot next-generation Commodore revealed as VXR
VXR V6 will replace SS V8 as performance Commodore next year, David Linklater reports.
It’s European by nature, and the hot version of Holden’s nextgeneration (NG) Commodore will now be European in name.
The ‘‘SS’’ badge of the current Australian-built highperformance Commodore will disappear with the V8 engine when the all-new European-made model, a version of the latest Opel Insignia, is launched in early-2018.
Instead, the go-faster Commodore will be called ‘‘VXR’’, in line with the naming conventional of other Opelsourced models, including the previous-generation Insignia and Astra (both sold here as Holdens).
It won’t entirely be a first for a Commodore, though: Aussie-made HSV models have previously been sold as Vauxhall VXRs in Great Britain.
The range-topping Commodore VXR will have a 3.6-litre V6 making 235kW/381Nm, a ninespeed automatic transmission, Brembo front brakes and a bespoke sports set-up with driver- adjustable settings for the Continuous Damping Control (CDC), steering, transmission and the adaptiveAWDsystem.
‘‘The next-gen Commodore VXR offers a different execution of performance to the outgoing SS but make no mistake, this is a more than worthy successor,’’ says Holden’s renowned lead dynamics engineer, Rob Trubiani.
‘‘We’ve been involved in the development of this car from the beginning and I personally have spent significant time behind the wheel overseas and at Holden’s Lang Lang proving ground.
Holden says the NG Commodore has undergone more than 100,000km of Australian testing to date. The VXR is still undergoing final proving in Europe, including development at the Nurburgring in Germany.
The styling of the VXR features 20-inch alloy wheels, large rear spoiler, and new front and rear fascia.
Other highlights include nextgeneration adaptive LED Matrix headlights, heated and ventilated leather performance front seats, a wealth of cutting-edge driver assistance technology.
The NG Commodore VXR will be on sale alongside the rest of the sedan range, along with Sportwagon and Tourer body styles, in early 2018.
No more SS for Commodore beyond 2017; new performance flagship will be called VXR.