2016 Holden Commodore VFII – Quickest Ever Built Sports New LS3 V8 Engine

By Steve & Tamami Laser

It’s no secret that Holden, the GM Australia brand, will cease local production at the end of 2017. But instead of crying, Holden fans are celebrating with today’s announcement of the new Commodore VFII – the most powerful and quickest ever built – revealed during a press conference at Holden headquarters Plant 4 in Port Melbourne.

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Commodore VFII introduces a new 6.2-liter LS3 engine to all V8 models, along with numerous upgrades including bi-modal exhaust, mechanical sound enhancer and all-new styling cues.

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Making its debut at a custom-built Commodore Gallery at the brand’s headquarters, Holden celebrated the 37 year model run by bringing together more than 30 vehicles, from one of the first 1978 VB Commodores, to concepts, exports and motorsport heroes, illustrating the history and evolution of the car.

This video captures 37 years of Commodore milestones crowned by today’s introduction of the new VFII series. (video: GM Holden)

The 2016 Commodore VFII is equipped with the powerful LS3 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivers 304kW of power plus the promise of an exhilarating 570Nm of torque, making it the quickest Commodore ever.

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Holden says an engine of this caliber deserves a pure V8 soundtrack, so its engineers developed a distinct and fitting engine sound; the result of endless hours of local testing and courtesy of a newly introduced bi-modal exhaust with unique Holden designed “Baillie Tip” and mechanical sound enhancer.

Building on the performance of the LS3 V8 engine, Holden’s track focused, top of the range, SSV Redline sees the introduction of Brembo brakes on all four wheels, said to provide exceptional braking and designed to perform under closed circuit and track day conditions.

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Mark Bernhard, Holden’s Chairman and Managing Director, described the Commodore VFII as the culmination of nearly four decades of design, engineering and manufacturing expertise, combined with Australian experience.

“We made a commitment to keep this iconic car exciting and relevant for Australian motorists, and that is exactly what we have done,” said Bernhard. “This is the vehicle that our Commodore customers have been asking for.”

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In addition to being the most powerful Commodore ever, VFII also boasts the refinement and handling that Holden has become famous for. Tuned at Holden’s Lang Lang proving ground and tested across Australia, VFII’s revised FE3 rear sports suspension increases ride comfort while retaining its sharp handling.

Holden’s Lead Development Engineer, Amelinda Watt, said the extensive development work combined with Holden’s Australian expertise ensured the new engine, sound and handling was unique and thrilling.

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“The new 6.2-liter LS3 engine and its distinctive sound character is the result of years of hard work, testing, developing and evaluating this vehicle and I’m so proud of the end result,” said Watt. “This is absolutely the best car we have ever engineered and we are confident we are giving all our customers a compelling reason to put the latest Commodore in their driveway.”

The introduction of functional hood vents and fascia ducts were developed by Holden engineers with support from Melbourne’s Monash University wind tunnel, improving aerodynamics around the front corners of the vehicle.

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Hood vents, a new front fascia as well as the introduction of clear lens taillamps on sedan models and new LED taillamps on Sportwagon models gives VFII a more aggressive exterior to match the LS3 V8 under the hood.

Holden says the Commodore VFII goes on sale across Australia in October with demand for the V8 variant expected to be strong.  Customers wishing to register their interest can do so at their local Holden dealer or via the Holden website.

Although Holden doesn’t sell models under its own nameplate in the U.S., it does build the rear-drive Chevrolet SS and Caprice PPV models that wear the Chevrolet bowtie. Holden also made the Pontiac G8 and final generation GTO.

By the way, the 2015 Chevrolet SS, available now at your local Chevrolet dealer, sports an LS3 V8 that puts out an SAE-certified 415 horsepower and 415 lb.-ft. of torque, and can be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. We expect to see the cosmetic changes for the Commodore SS applied to its Chevy counterpart.

Commodore VFII Range New Features:

SV6

  • Passive entry / Passive start
  • New front fascia and grille
  • New 18 inch alloy wheels
  • New LED taillamps (Sportwagon only)

SS

  • 6.2 liter LS3 V8 engine
  • Bi-modal exhaust with mechanical sound enhancer
  • Passive entry / Passive start
  • New front fascia and grille
  • New 18 inch alloy wheels
  • New LED taillamps (Sportwagon only)
  • Performance brake option

SSV

  • 6.2 liter LS3 V8 engine
  • Bi-modal exhaust with mechanical sound enhancer
  • New front fascia and grille
  • Hood vents
  • Colour Head Up Display
  • New 19 inch alloy wheels
  • Clear lens on taillamps (sedan only)
  • New LED taillamps (Sportwagon only)
  • Performance brake option

SSV Redline

  • 6.2 liter LS3 V8 engine
  • Bi-modal exhaust with mechanical sound enhancer
  • Rear Brembo brakes
  • New front fascia and grille
  • Hood vents
  • Clear lens on taillamps (sedan only)
  • New 20 inch forged wheel option
  • New LED taillamps (Sportwagon only)

Calais

  • Heated front seats (with memory)
  • 8 way power passenger seat
  • New 18 inch alloy wheels
  • Clear lens on taillamps (sedan only)
  • New decklid lettering
  • New LED taillamps (Sportwagon only)

Calais V

  • Optional 6.2 liter LS3 V8 engine
  • New 19 inch alloy wheels
  • Clear lens on taillamps (sedan only)
  • New decklid lettering
  • Limited Slip Diff (V8 models only)
  • New LED taillamps (Sportwagon only)
  • Performance brake option (V8 models only)

Caprice V

  • 6.2 liter LS3 V8 engine
  • Lip spoiler
  • New 19 inch alloy wheels
  • Single exhaust tips
  • Performance brake option

Features and specifications are for Australian market models and are subject to change without notice by the automaker.

News source, photos and video courtesy GM Holden Ltd.

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