2018 Holden Commodore VXR revealed
The range-topping 2018 Holden Commodore VXR has been revealed with Holden claiming it offers a “different execution of performance” compared to the outgoing SS.
THE RANGE-TOPPING 2018 Holden Commodore VXR will see performance Commodores move away from their traditional rear-drive V8 grunt to V6 and all-wheel drive. “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,” said Holden’s renowned Lead Dynamics Engineer, Rob Trubiani.
The Commodored VXR (besides no longer being an SS) will run a 3.6-litre V6 engine pumping out 235W and 381Nm, paired with a 9-speed transmission and all-wheel drive, torque vectoring and a twin-clutch rear differential. It will also be available with active, variable dampers and several driving modes adjusting the damping, steering, transmission and the all-wheel drive system.
Holden is keen to emphasise its involvement in the development of the new Commodore/Opel/Vauxhall Insignia to show Australians it will be more than just an importer of someone else’s vehicles.
“We’ve been involved in the development of this car from the beginning and I personally have spent significant time behind the wheel overseas and at Holden’s Lang Lang proving ground,” said Rob Trubiani.
“The V6 engine with the adaptive AWD and 9-speed transmission make the VXR a quick and smooth car to drive, even in wet conditions. Importantly we also have Brembo front brakes and Continuous Damping Control (CDC) and drivers can switch between three driving modes for distinctly different drive experiences.
“We can’t wait to get the car in the hands of our customers next year but for now, we’ve still got some work to do and will continue to work with the team in Europe, who are currently completing chassis development at Nürburgring in Germany.”
Commodore VXR highlights
- 3.6-litre V6 engine
- 9-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifter select
- Adaptive AWD with torque vectoring
- Hi-per strut suspension
- Three driver-select modes for engaging drive experience;
- Front and rear sports fascias
- Unique VXR rear lip spoiler
- 20-inch alloy wheels
- Unique VXR sports performance front seats
- Heated and ventilated leather front seats
- Driver assistance and technology:
- Next-generation Adaptive LED Matrix headlights
- 360-degree camera
- Autonomous Emergency Braking (with pedestrian protection)
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Lane Departure Warning
- Lane Keep Assist
- Forward Collision Alert
- Side Blind-Zone Alert
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Head Up Display