Holden Commodore SS V Redline Road test, Review
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Next to “Origin” you’ll see the word Australia, already a rare sight, very soon it’ll be a thing of the past with production of Holden vehicles and the iconic Commodore ceasing later this year.
A tinge of sadness for the end of an era but at least the lion badge has gone out with one last hurrah in the Holden Commodore SS V Redline.
Holden have done a job on this final Australian made model, fusing a measured blend of refinement, style, comfort and renown performance into one package.
The Commodore SS V is what it should be – big, stable and powerful.
Under the hood is a powerhouse 6.2 litre V8 engine and a six-speed sports automatic churning out a potential 304kW of power and a huge 570Nm of torque.
With an engine note like the purr of a lion it even sounds the way it should right from the crackle of ignition.
It has no problem throwing the 1700+kg frame around or overtaking any slowpokes and the chassis provides a stable solid ride along the freeway.
The payoff is fuel consumption as you can imagine, chewing through the petrol at nearly 16L/100km in my week of test driving.
If you leave it alone, it will let the car do the work but of course you can override it with the shifter or the steering mounted paddle shifters.
There is a manual model for $2200 less than the $57,190 auto.
The throttle response is one of the most precise and well-tuned I’ve encountered.
The more you put in, the more you get out. Meaning, the amount of pressure is proportionate to the acceleration rate – if you press lightly you can drive in a docile manner, but if you step down the motor give you everything its got.
Whereas in some other performance models, they only seem to have one level of acceleration – fast and faster.
While the obvious attraction is the engine and performance, the insides and features are none too shabby.
The dash and doors have a premium feel covered in a combination of materials including leather, suede and chrome and carbon fibre trims.
The seats too are leather, along with the wheel and gear knob, affording comfort for even the largest or tallest occupants with their wide dimensions and firm upholstery.
Fitting golf clubs, prams, shopping or holiday gear in the back is no problem with an equally massive boot.
Tech highlights include a projected HUD in front of the driver with a selection of display info including lateral g-forces; parking assist, dual climate control, electric park brake and a sunroof,
Meanwhile on the safety front adaptive cruise control and lane departure technology will keep you in a bubble in traffic.
NUTS and BOLTS 2017 Holden Commodore SS V Redline
- Engine: 6.2L V8 petrol producing 304kW and 570Nm
- Transmission: Six-speed sports automatic
- Warranty: 3 Year/100,000km
- Safety: Five Stars
- Origin: Australia
- Price: from $57,190
For further information, please see Recalls and faults: Holden VF Commodore.