Holden VFII Ute makes public debut at famous Deniliquin Ute Muster

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  • Holden reveals most powerful Commodore Ute ever built at the 17th annual Deniliquin Ute Muster
  • VFII Ute V8 now boasts new 6.2-litre LS3 engine
  • Bi-modal exhaust and mechanical sound enhancer standard on all V8 sports models
  • Fans given opportunity to experience virtual reality test drive of Holden’s Lang Lang proving ground with three-time Bathurst 1000 champion Garth Tander at the wheel

Holden has revealed the most powerful Commodore Ute ever, VFII, for the first time at the legendary Deniliquin Ute Muster.

The public debut of the VFII was reserved for Holden fans at the Ute Muster with the VFII Ute joining its sedan and wagon siblings with the introduction of a new 6.2-litre LS3 engine.  The new V8 engine is capable of delivering a staggering 304kW of power and 570Nm of torque, and producing a 0-100km/h sprint time of just 4.9 seconds, making it the quickest Commodore Ute in history.

Working in harmony with VFII’s new 6.2-litre engine, Holden engineers have spent countless hours developing VFII Ute’s new and unique sound character.  Using a newly introduced bi-modal exhaust, a patent pending Holden designed “Baillie Tip” and a mechanical sound enhancer, the sound package combines to ensure you are likely to hear the car before you see it. 

Holden’s track focused, top of the range, SSV Redline VFII Ute builds on the performance of its LS3 V8 engine, introducing Brembo brakes on all four wheels ensuring exceptional and consistent braking performance when pushed to the limits on the track.

Rounding off the upgrades to VFII, Holden designers have introduced functional design changes in the form of front fascia ducts and hood vents, allowing for aerodynamic benefits and increased engine cooling respectively, as well as a range of new wheel designs.

Holden’s Lead Dynamics Engineer, Rob Trubiani, said the entire team was incredibly proud of what they had achieved and was looking forward to the public’s reaction. 

“This has been an especially exciting project as we’ve wanted this engine in this vehicle for some time now so it’s great that it’s finally here and it certainly won’t disappoint,” said Mr. Trubiani.

“It’s a perfect demonstration of how Holden understands the unique needs of Australian ute drivers who want a functional car for the week but with the added performance and character for an engaging weekend drive.

“The Deniliquin Ute Muster is an ideal place for VFII to make its public debut.  The people that attend this event are fans of the car and the brand and we want to show them that they’re important to us.”

In addition to the technical changes, Commodore VFII Ute also boasts the exceptional refinement and handling that Holden has become famous for thanks to extensive tuning work done at Holden’s Lang Lang proving ground and test rides across Victoria. 

Holden’s Chief Engineer, Andrew Holmes, said the years of hard work developing VFII ensure it is a thrilling and engaging ride, and a fitting car to be launched to the 20,000 strong Deniliquin crowd first.

“We’ve been working on this car for a while now and are excited to see it make its debut at Deni. The new 6.2-litre LS3 engine, combined with its unique sound character makes an already thrilling sports vehicle, even more special,” said Mr. Holmes.

“We have tested the Ute alongside sedan and wagon, completing in the region of 250,000kms of development driving and can say this is absolutely the best car we have ever engineered and we know our customers will enjoy driving VFII as much as we enjoyed creating it.”

In addition to the VFII Ute reveal, Holden will invite fans to experience a virtual reality tour of the top secret Lang Lang proving ground with three-time Bathurst 1000 champion, Garth Tander, in the driver’s seat.  Powered by Oculus Rift technology, the drive takes in numerous parts of the test facility whilst allowing fans to still enjoy the entertainment on show at the Ute Muster.

Commodore VFII goes on sale in October with demand for the unbridled V8 variant expected to be extremely strong.  Customers wishing to register their interests can do so at their local Holden dealer or via the Holden website.

New Features to Commodore VFII Ute Range

SV6

  • Passive entry / Passive start
  • New front fascia and grille
  • New 18 inch alloy wheels

SS (above SV6)

  • 6.2 litre LS3 V8 engine
  • Bi-modal exhaust with mechanical sound enhancer
  • Passive entry / Passive start
  • New front fascia and grille
  • Hood Vents
  • New 18 inch alloy wheels
  • Performance brake option

SSV (above SS)

  • 6.2 litre LS3 V8 engine
  • Colour Head Up Display
  • New 19 inch alloy wheels

SSV Redline (above SS-V)

  • 6.2 litre LS3 V8 engine
  • Rear Brembo brakes
  • New 20 inch forged wheel option

Colour Range

  • Slipstream Blue* (NEW)
  • Phantom Black*
  • Nitrate Silver*
  • Prussian Steel Grey*
  • Jungle Green* – available on sports models only
  • Some Like It Hot Red*
  • Heron White
  • Red Hot
  • Regal Peacock Green*

*premium paint – $550 option (except on Caprice V – no charge)

Pricing

Recommended retail price^ of the Commodore VFII range is as follows:

VFII Ute

  • Evoke, V6 Auto                                               $33,490
  • SV6, V6 Man / Auto                                        $33,990 / $36,190
  • SS, V8 Man / Auto                                          $40,990 / $43,190
  • SSV, V8 Man / Auto                                       $44,490 / $46,690
  • SSV Redline, V8 Man / Auto                           $50,490 / $52,690

Optional performance brakes and 20 inch wheels    

  • Performance brakes (V8s only)                     $350
  • 20 inch forged alloy wheels (redline only)      $1,500

Holden’s Lifetime Capped Price Servicing, the largest of its kind in Australia, will also available on the Commodore VFII range rewarding customers with complete peace of mind.

^ Recommended retail price excluding dealer delivery, on roads costs and government charges

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