Hot on the heels of the unveiling of the Buick Regal GS and the Opel / Vauxhall Insignia GSi, Holden has taken the wraps off the new Commodore VXR.
Looking virtually identical to its international counterparts, the Commodore VXR has an aggressive front fascia with larger air intakes and adaptive LED Matrix headlights. The car has also been equipped with revised side skirts, a unique rear spoiler, and 20-inch alloy wheels.
Holden didn’t say much about the interior but the company confirmed the model will be offered with heated and ventilated leather sport seats. We can also see a flat-bottomed steering wheel, black trim, and metallic accents.
On the technology front, the Commodore will be offered with an assortment of driver assistance systems including adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian protection. Other highlights include forward collision alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and a head-up display.
Power is provided by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 315 hp (235 kW) and 281 lb-ft (381 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission which sends power to an adaptive all-wheel drive system with a torque vectoring function.
Other performance features include Brembo front brakes, a Hi-per strut suspension, and continuous damping control. Drivers will also be able to select between three “distinctly different drive experiences.”
According to Holden Lead Dynamics Engineer Rob Trubiani, “The next-gen Commodore VXR offers a different execution of performance to the outgoing SS but, make no mistake, this is a more than worthy successor.”
The Commodore VXR will be launched early next year and we’ll soon find out how much Australia misses rear-wheel drive and a massive V8 engine.