Behind the Wheel got along to the launch of VF Commodore Series Two.
It was one of those media events that brought with it lots of energy and excitement.. the motoring media were there in droves, Holden executives and social media crews hovered nervously, and the cars were a sensation.
However, there was an underlying hint of sadness…we were witnessing the last of the locally built Holden Commodores after 37 years of dominating the market.
Holden’s local manufacture will certainly be going out on a high. The new 2016 Holden VF Commodore Series Two looks and sounds wonderful and everything has been thrown at it by the designers for their last hurrah. At this stage we have only seen the SS models, and have yet to drive it on local roads… standby for a review in the coming weeks.
The biggest change would be the inclusion of the LS3 6.2 litre V8 lifted straight from the US made Corvette, developing 304 kilowatts and 570Nm. This powerplant, previously only available in HSV models, will now be standard across the SS range, making it the fastest ever factory delivered Commodore, able to sprint to 100km/h in just 4.9 seconds.
Finally it sounds like an SS Commodore should, with the standard inclusion of a bi-modal exhaust, and a mechanical sound enhancer.
Brembo brakes are now standard for the top of the line SSV Redline, giving the stopping power it has always needed.
Cosmetically, there’s not much change, but you will notice the new tail lights, a tighter front-end treatment, as well as faux air vents on the bonnet.
Speaking to Behind the Wheel today, Holden’s Chairman and Managing Director, Mark Bernhard, said the new Commodore VFII as the culmination of nearly four decades of design, engineering and manufacturing.
“We made a commitment to keep this iconic car exciting and relevant for Australian motorists, and that is exactly what we have done. This is the vehicle that our Commodore customers have been asking for.”
Hear the new 6.2 litre engine in action!