THE good vibrations of the 6.5L V12 engine that powers the Lamborghini Aventador, the beautiful notes played by the 6L V12 in the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante and the chorus coming from the 6.2L not-so-small-block V8 in the Chevy Corvette Stingray…
These are among the most beautiful sounding production cars in the world.
And to that impressive list you can add the new V8, 6.2L Commodore VFII just rolling off the production line at GM’s plant in Adelaide.
The sales team at Wonthaggi Holden, including James Chetcuti and Rob O’Neill, have just arrived back at the showroom after test driving a SSV Red Line 6.2L V8 version of the new VF11, and they couldn’t be more impressed.
The performance, the build quality, the styling and the equipment; it’s all there and so is the sound, the glorious V8 sound.
“This is purely a performance car and they’ve absolutely nailed it,” said James with a smile as he steps out of a sharp-looking Slipstream Blue model.
The shade of blue perfectly off-sets the rugged-looking, 19” alloys and you can’t help but notice the tell-tale red flash of the Brembo performance brakes sitting in behind on the discs.
You could just as easily go for Nitrate Silver, Phantom Black, Prussian Steel Grey or ‘Some Like It Hot’ Red… that’s up to you.
“They went for looks, they went for performance and they went for the sound and hearing is believing,” said Rob.
“And that’s no sales pitch. This really is something special.”
The 2016 Commodore VFII is equipped with a powerful, all-new LS3 6.2-litre V8 engine and delivers304kW of power and an exhilarating 570Nm of torque, ensuring that this is the quickest Commodore ever.
But don’t worry about fuel efficiency. The car boasts country cycle fuel consumption of 9.7 litres per 100km as it purrs along the highway.
An engine of this calibre deserves a pure V8 soundtrack, so Holden engineers developed a distinct and fitting engine sound; the result of endless hours of local testing and courtesy of a newly introduced bi-modal exhaust with unique Holden designed “Baillie Tip” and mechanical sound enhancer.
Building on the performance of the LS3 V8 engine, Holden’s track focused, top of the range, SSV Redline sees the introduction of Brembo brakes on all four wheels, providing exceptional braking performance under all conditions and specifically designed to perform under closed circuit and track day conditions.
James says the latest Commodore builds on decades of development and provides an incredible level of appointment, inside and out.
In addition to being the most powerful Commodore ever, VFII also boasts the exceptional refinement and handling that Holden has become famous for. Tuned at Holden’s Lang Lang proving ground and tested across Australia, VFII’s revised FE3 rear sports suspension increases ride comfort whilst retaining its sharp handling.
“This is absolutely the best car Holden have ever engineered and they providing some really reasons why you should put the latest Commodore in your driveway. We know that you’ll will enjoy driving it as much as we did.”
The introduction of functional hood vents and fascia ducts were developed by Holden engineers with support from Melbourne’s Monash University wind tunnel, improving aerodynamics around the front corners of the vehicle.
Hood vents, a stunning new front fascia as well as the introduction of clear lens tail lamps on sedan models and new LED tail lamps on all Sportwagon models gives VFII a more aggressive exterior to match the LS3 V8 under the bonnet.
The SSV Redline model on the showroom floor at Wonthaggi Holden has a high level of appointments as standard, including a front collision detection system.
Call in and talk to James and Rob about owning one of these amazing cars which perform every bit as good as they sound.