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Holden Unwraps New Commodore SS V, Previews 2014 Chevrolet SS [w/Video]

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It looks like Holden is trying to grab as much attention as it can with the new generation Commodore VF by spreading out the presentations for each different model of the range.

After the unveiling of the regular Commodore this past weekend, GM's Australian subsidiary announced the performance SS V , which is the closest thing we've seen to the 2014 Chevrolet SS Sports Sedan, which is scheduled to debut this Saturday, February 16 at the Daytona International Speedway.

Holden has peppered the SS V with an air of sportiness through the use of different aerodynamic and styling components such as the smaller front grille and a re-styled front bumper that incorporates a second grille and gloss black trims, side skirts, a boot lid spoiler and a new rear bumper with a diffuser and quad tailpipe outlets.

The pre-production showcar seen here also rides on 20-inch black alloy wheels wrapped in beefy sport tires, while the body is finished in a new Fantale orange metallic paint specially created for this model.

Inside, the SS V benefits from a sportier-themed cabin than the regular Commodore VF with sculpted seats finished in leather with a suede stripe in the center that hug the driver, aluminum trims, a flat-bottom steering wheel and suede accents on the dashboard and doors.

“The sports DNA may be more subtle, but it’s apparent everywhere around you – from the central accent stripe on the seats to the perforated leather inserts, the carbon fibre look cross-car applique, the SS-V Series embroidered ID on the instrument panel, alloy-faced pedals and the traditional red-lit graphic displays,”, said Sharon Gauci, Holden’s Chief Designer, Colour and Trim.

As with the other Commodore VF models, Holden won't say what's hiding under the bonnet, but chances are the rear-wheel drive sports sedan will feature either GM's new LT1 6.2-liter V8 engine with 450-horses that debuted on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray or one of its existing V8s with more than 400-ponies. The showcar was equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox, but both the SS V and the Chevy SS are likely to be offered with an automatic transmission as well.

Sales of the new Holden Commodore will begin in Australia during the second half of the year.


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9 Comments:

Yavor Trassiev said... »February 14, 2013

How can this pass as an all new car? it looks like a 2004 concept...

Dave Cohen said... »February 14, 2013

Yup.

mong said... »February 14, 2013

maybe because it's a thorough facelift of a car that has been on sale since 2006?

Marco Perez said... »February 14, 2013

It is just me, or every single detail of the car (lights, rims, front air-vents, day lights, side air-vents, curve in the front bumper, rear license plate location, exhaust pipes and spoiler, rear lip wing, or even mirrors) seems like, not only "inspiration", but directly copied from other cars?, especially German brands?

Personally I start to hate that every single auto-maker is trying to copy everybody else, soon we will not be able to distinguish between most of the cars.

BLKITALIAN1 said... »February 14, 2013

I personally hate when someone seems to have to say every car looks like and uses mundane details of a car to say its copying another one. It gets old, and its always one person that saids something stupid like that...just look at the list you have? im hoping your being sarcastic

BLKITALIAN1 said... »February 14, 2013

of all years why 2004.........thats totally random, and its just refresh of the last one clearly...what were you expecting....

Vasilescu Petru-Ionut said... »February 15, 2013

You probably did not check Holden's heritage. They make these types of cars for a long time...

The Man said... »February 16, 2013

I hope they do a coupe version like the Holden Coupe 60, as I understand it, GM still retains the Pontiac name, so a limited and better retro designed GTO and a FireBird Trans Am (based off the second generation) would make great comeback cars for the brand. There is even a story from 2007 that GM was considering that Holden Efigy for production before the market crashed. That would be great to see as a limited run. I think it would work as the retro trend is winding down, so they would really stand out if they can get them out by 2017 or 2018.

Earl said... »February 16, 2013

I like the muscle but these cars tend to be on the heavy side. You have to be spend a small fortune on tires. Wonder if Holden would ever try something like a 3.0 liter V6 Twin Turbo? Lighter and better weight balance.

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