Holden Commodore VFII SS-V Redline review

Posted on Dec 04, 2015

The Holden Commodore VFI SS-V Redline is an Australian-made car. Not only that, but it hopes to capitalise on the popularity and nostalgia of a previously famous model. Is this the same vehicle in new packaging, or is it an across-the-board improvement? 

What We Liked
satisfying engine sound, spacious, comfortable driving experience
What We Didn't
slow steering

What it's Got:

The Holden Commodore VFII SS-V offers a 6.2-litre V8 engine with a production of 304 kW and 570 Nm and it is known to be a very popular car among Australians. The company made a change of model and created a focus on family in the production of its cars. Space is generous, and the fuel use is efficient, which makes it the ideal vehicle for Australian families.

The Holden Commodore VFII SS-V is, more than anything else, a tribute to the cars of the past, so beloved by the Australian public. The aim was to bring them back and convince them to once again opt for the Commodore – a V8 sedan, ideal for satisfying their needs.

The model benefitted from an engine upgrade, a power increase and a torque increase. The car goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds with the automatic transmission and only 4.9 with a manual transmission. The performance has definitely been upped, but that was achieved in detriment of fuel consumption.

The sound has received an amplification, as well – two, actually. The most ingenious one is an exhaust tip with a hole, similar to a whistle, which reverberates the exhaust note not away from the car, but towards it.

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Owing to the upgrades in sound amplification, driving the Holden Commodore VFII SS-V Redline is a pretty noisy experience, but that’s the whole point. The engine gives off a powerful, satisfying roar that will certainly be much appreciated by drivers everywhere. The cabin is very much the same, but the rear suspension has been improved, in order to provide a more comfortable driving experience. While the springs are stiffer, they still absorb shocks created by bumps in the road.

The SS-V Redline has sharper dynamics and an overall better traction in acceleration. As for the steering, it remains quite slow, while heavy cornering will cause the front-end to push wide. However, the improved and quicker engine response translates into a car that is easier to balance on the throttle.

The difference between the new Holden Commodore VFII SS-V Redline and the model of yesteryear is that now, it no longer aims to appeal to the everyday Australian, but to the Australian who enjoys a sleeker, faster, higher-quality car that can drive the kids to school, but can also do well on the racetrack.

It retains enough of the previous model to benefit from its nostalgia factor, but make no mistake – this is not the same car. It is a new and improved version from every point of view.

Engine: 6.2-litre V8 petrol
Torque: 570Nm at 4400rpm
Transmission: 6-spd manual or automatic, RWD
Fuel: 12.9L/100km
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