Holden Commodore VXR Promises To Be A Worthy Successor To The SS

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.

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  • Tumbi Mtika

    I call BULL.

    • Jay

      Yup. If the new Regal GS gets rebadged as a Chevy SS it would suck. Don’t get me wrong there’s nothing wrong with the new GS but they should stay separate cars. Or at least have more visual and mechanical differences..

      • eb110americana

        They won’t rebadge it as the Chevy SS because the US already has the Regal GS, which is essentially the same car. Perhaps for some other region without a Regal or Insignia, but I doubt it. I suppose if GM can successfully make a Camaro off of Cadillac’s Alpha platform, there is no reason that a new SS and Commodore could not do the same. Of course, that would be an entire product cycle after this car, when the last of the Opel ties have been severed.

        • Jay

          Well the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave are the same and both are sold in the US. It’s not like they can’t do it…

          • eb110americana

            The Enclave is hardly a badge-engineered Traverse, but I am sure if the waning market for performance sedans suddenly exploded the way crossovers have in recent years, there would be a Malibu variant as well. In reality, that slim cross-section matters only to us select few–and even most of us would not be voting for one with our paychecks.

          • Jay

            Yes the first gens were, and another example of them doing it would be the Chevy Trax and Buick Encore. They can definitely re-badge another model if they wanted to…

    • eb110americana

      A wise man once said, if they tell you, “It’s not your father’s Oldsmobile”–it’s because it’s your father’s Oldsmobile. You can’t fix engineering with advertising, but you can try. With all due respect to the Insignia/Regal/NotACommodore, there is no way it could fill the shoes of the domestic RWD hero sedan. It’s a much smaller car inside, there’s no V8, the flaship V6 makes nowhere near the power of even the basest of V8s in the last model, it’s FWD-based AWD, it won’t offer a manual, there will be no RWD fun antics (but hey, technology has allowed for “almost no understeer”), it lacks the presence and stance of the old car, and it isn’t connected to the proud lineage that preceded it, except in name only. Now, I am not saying that the old car made a business case for itself, or that the new one won’t sell, but a worthy successor it is not.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Exactly. Truer words have never been said.

  • GT

    That’s a replacement for Commodore SV6, not SS.

  • gor134

    Why couldn’t the Regal GS have 20 inch wheels and a lower suspension like this?

  • LeStori

    This car will not replace the existing car. It will appeal to a different market. But at the end of the day is a GM car .

    Holden wants to de-bogan its cars in ‘multicultural’ Australia but if I want an Euro car, am I going to bother buying an American Euro car with absolutely no social prestige.

  • Jim Jones ©

    “adaptive all wheel drive”……..you mean front wheel drive with the ability to transfer power to the rear?

  • Rahul Patel

    Why does the Regal appear to sit higher (like it has the shipping blocks in). These photos of the Commodore show a car with a much better stance. Not sure if that is a tuning difference between countries or a Photoshop deal.

    • gor134

      The Regal has a higher suspension and smaller (19″) wheels.

  • Benjamin B.

    🙁 please give us the twin turbo V6 we want in a Buick please

    Buick GNX Grand National?

  • Matt

    Is the continuous damping control just a different name for the magnetic damping that the last gen had?

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