The Holden VF Commodore will be launched in Australia next month and has been spotted in completely undisguised form at the Nurburgring. The car will not be exported to Germany and only have limited numbers appearing in the UK.
Craig Cheetham, Holden communication director explained that there was an Australian engineer behind the wheel who held Nurburgring driving certification. He did though explain that just because it was being tested in Germany should not be taken as indication that the car would be on sale there. He explained that they test vehicles all over the world on a selection of different tracks and that is what they were doing.
The vehicle will be using the 6.0 litre V8 engine that is used in the VE, rather than the 6.2 litre that is in the Chevrolet SS Sedan which has been exported to the US. The SS V will be available in ute, Sportswagon and sedan forms.
The sedan has a lighter boot lid which will not be available in the Holden VF Commodore Sportwagan or Ute. However, there lighter aluminium design will be used on the bonnet so that the vehicle is lighter and therefore more economical. All of the models will also have an electro mechanical system for steering, moving away from the hydraulic mechanical power steering that they had before, this could potentially save 0.1l/100km.
There will be a tweaked version of the 3.0 litre V6 engine for the entry level model which will be the Omega replacement. Rumour has it that this will be called Evoke, The middle grade version Berlina will actually be dropped after 29 years. There will be SV6 and Calais models that will have the 3.6 litre engines. There will be an overhaul of the six speed automatic transmission in the redesigned Sport model and there will be a special performance mode lift foor which will hold the vehicle in a lower gear when a hill is being tackled.
The enginners at Holden have admitted that they made a mistake when they calibrated the VE Commodore engine for ideal economy as it tended to not drive well as it draopped in to tall gears and then looked for lower ones on hills.
The electric steering and the performance of the automatic are something that are likely to be being tested on the Nurburgring as theyw ill want to make sure the changes are right. They will be confident in the rest as most of the basic chassis components have remained the same.
It will be June when the Holden VF Commodore will go on sale – the same month in 1997 when the VT Commodore when on sale.