Hot next-gen­er­a­tion Com­modore re­vealed as VXR

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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.

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