The Holden Commodore
We can’t do the Ford Falcon without doing the Holden Commodore which is what this weeks’ blog is about.
The Holden Commodore is an Australian car and the arch rival to the Ford Falcon. A big car, rear-wheel drive, and big V6 or V8 engines.
The current generation of Holden Commodore – the VF and VFII – has been a big success with it coming well in the top 10 charts of cars in both New Zealand and Australia.
This is a big achievement considering the large car market is almost non-existent anymore and the charts are now dominated by small cars, SUVs and Utes.
Currently, there are many different models available: a ute, a sedan, a wagon, and luxury Calais models. Each of these models can be had with the V6 or V8 engines. However, you need to get in quick if you want a new one!
The Commodore is a great drive and with the V6 engine, the weight distribution is almost 50:50 split front to rear so these things can really fly around the corners and often are a lot faster than what people usually expect because of their size.
The most common model, the SV6, is powered by a 3.6L V6 that makes 210kW of power and 350Nm of torque. It official rated fuel economy is 9.0L/100km which is pretty good.
It powers the rear wheels by a 6-speed automatic transmission. Paddle shifters are also an option if you like keeping your hands on the steering wheel. 6-speed manual transmissions are also available.
The Commodore has always been known for its V8’s. The V8 engine in the current VFII models, the SS and SSV Redline, utilise a 6.2L LS3 V8. This beast makes 304kW of power and 570Nm of torque. With this engine, the car can be propelled from 0 to 100kmh in under 5 seconds with the right launch.
This engine also includes some piping into the cabin so you can experience the induction noise as well as a bi-modal exhaust with quad pipes which makes it sound pretty good under hard acceleration.
The interior of these cars is pretty nice with there being heaps of room in the front and back which can easily fit three abreast in the back and will accommodate the tallest people.
The boot itself is also very big with easily enough room for the luggage of the whole family. There is a big touch screen in the centre for your infotainment and also displays a reversing camera and GPS. There is also a lot of driver assist technology such as blind spot monitoring, trailer sway control, and parking assist.
In October this year, the manufacturing plant in Australia closes down. It will be a sad day for many and many jobs will be lost but that is the way things are going.
They are going to carry on with the Commodore, however, it will be an imported Opel coming from Europe and rebadged to a Holden. This new Commodore will be based on a front wheel drive platform and have no V8 engines in the mix.
While the fans are not very happy about this and think the name should be dropped, these cars are a dying breed.
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