Here is your first look at the range-topping next-generation Holden Commodore VXR.
As expected, Holden will retire its iconic SS nameplate with its V8 models, instead adopting Vauxhall's global VXR branding introduced locally with the likes of the Insignia and Astra. Under the bonnet will be a 3.6-litre naturally-aspirated V6 producing 235kW/381Nm, outputs slightly higher than the 230kW/370Nm released by Holden in late-2016. A nine-speed automatic will be the only available transmission and the 0-100km/h sprint is expected to take around six seconds.
Putting the power to the ground will be a Twinster-style all-wheel drive system, which is able to send up to 50 per cent of the drive to the rear wheels and allocate drive to individual wheels to improve cornering. Up front, GM’s Hi-per strut suspension system improves geometry by separating the steering knuckle from the damper.
According to Holden’s dynamics guru, Rob Trubiani: “The next-gen Commodore VXR offers a different execution of performance to the outgoing SS but make no mistake, this is more than a worthy successor.”
Rounding out the VXR mechanical package are adaptive dampers, Brembo front brakes and 20-inch wheels. Drivers will be able to select from three driving modes which will adjust the steering weight, suspension stiffness and response of the all-wheel drive system.
Externally, the VXR will be differentiated by unique front and rear fascias and a rear lip spoiler while inside heated and ventilated sports front seats improve occupant support.
The new Commodore will also include a full suite of active safety equipment, including a 360-degree camera, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and a head-up display.
The VXR will launch alongside the rest of the 2018 Holden Commodore range in early 2018 and we’ll have pricing information closer to that date.