Holden VFII SSV Redline: Fast and Furious

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We bathed in the awesomeness of a V8 Holden on many occasions. The MY16 range features the brilliant LS3 engine from the Corvette. The 304kw/570Nm V8 does around 4.9 to 100kph which isn’t bad for a sedan that can take 5 blokes in style. The LS3 badge on the grille and the louvered bonnet is the giveaway Holden SSV LS3 Holden SSV Redline VFII Gaycarboys (5)to the VFII V8.

My one complaint has always been the subdued exhaust in the sedan. The auto version scarcely rates a glance in city traffic. If I’m spending that much on petrol I demand to be noticed god damnit. so the bi-modal exhaust is loud loud loud. Harley riders eat your hearts out.

The suspension feels more connected to the road too. As you turn, you can feel the road under you and you know exactly where the wheels are. You can feel everything through the seat of your pants without being jarred. Whilst it is lovely to be insulated from the nastiness masquerading as highway tarmac, good old fashioned motoring means a sense of driving rather than merely being a passenger. Commodore was always a great drive, but the VFII is possibly the best car ever built here. Show me another V8 for under a sixty grand (apart from the Falcon of course). The manual SSV Redline at $59,122 drive-away is astounding value with the 6 speed auto at $61.432 not far behind. The SSV feels like a go-cart to drive. It sticks to the road in a way the previous model didn’t quite manage, as good as it was. You’ll remember I was slightly disappointed in the Lowndes special edition. It didn’t feel “special” enough and had a mere 260kw from a 6 litre V8. How does GM get that little an amount of oomph from a 6.0Litre lump? Whilst that might have been OK 4 or 5 years ago, it lagged sadly behind the 335kw supercharged XR8 Falcon we drove a few months ago. The Falcon is gorgeous on the outside but slightly tragic on the inside, whereas Commodore feels classy.

Along with this serious horse power comes serious fuel usage. The second your loafer goes anywhere near the Axminster, your fuel figures go sub-Antarctic. This is only a concern is you’re paying to the petrol from your own pocket. Such is rarely the case as V8 drivers often find a way to deduct the cost on their tax returns. A thrifty pointer to be sure.

Once upon a time there was no question that Australian built cars lagged very far behind the world in both build and design. They were course and common, and felt like a poverty stricken village idiot cousin compared to posh well-made Euros. But, consider this; to get the same thing from BMW, Mercedes or Audi Holden SSV LS3 Holden SSV Redline VFII Gaycarboys (8)you’re going to need many more shekels, in fact twice as many at least. Sure, you get a much nicer interiors and many posh inclusions but the options lists on Europeans will make your nose bleed. I am sure that there are Audi RS drivers fairly gnashing their teeth when, at flat strap, they’re overtaken by a humble Commodore as if they’re standing still.

The VFII interior has little change from the VF but the Redline gets nifty gadgets like the fab HUD (heads up display) which is a pop-up glass panel fighter-jet-style. The Bi-modal exhaust previously seen in the hot HSV’s puts in a welcome appearance. You find yourself putting your foot down in almost any gear to open the gates of hell. If you enjoy being the centre of attention, the most glorious roar from the chrome-tipped pipes out back will do the job.

More fun cannot be had for this money although a Scooby comes close.

My idea of perfection is an SSV Redline in manual. White or red are the preferred colours.

Here is the full list of goodies straight from the horse’s mouth:

New Features to Commodore VFII Range

SV6

  • Passive entry / Passive start
  • New front fascia and grille
  • New 18 inch alloy wheels
  • New LED tail lamp (Sportwagon only)

SS

  • 6.2 litre LS3 V8 engine
  • Bi-modal exhaust and mechanical sound enhancer
  • Passive entry / Passive start
  • New front fascia and grille
  • Hood vents
  • New 18 inch alloy wheels
  • New LED tail lamp (Sportwagon only)
  • Performance brake option

SSV

  • 6.2 litre LS3 V8 engine
  • Bi-modal exhaust and mechanical sound enhancer
  • New front fascia and grille
  • Hood vents
  • Colour Head Up Display
  • New 19 inch alloy wheels
  • Clear lens on tail lamps (sedan only)
  • New LED tail lamp (Sportwagon only)
  • Performance brake option

SSV Redline

  • 6.2 litre LS3 V8 engine
  • Bi-modal exhaust and mechanical sound enhancer
  • Rear Brembo brakes
  • New front fascia and grille
  • Hood vents
  • Clear lens on tail lamps (sedan only)
  • New 20 inch forged wheel option
  • New LED tail lamp (Sportwagon only)

Calais

  • Heated front seats (with Easy Exit driver seat and memory)
  • 8 way power passenger seat
  • New 18 inch alloy wheels
  • Clear lens on tail lamps (sedan only)
  • New decklid lettering
  • New LED tail lamp (Sportwagon only)

Calais V

  • Optional 6.2 litre LS3 V8 engine
    • with bi-modal exhaust and mechanical sound enhancer
    • Limited Slip Differential
  • New 19 inch alloy wheels
  • Clear lens on tail lamps (sedan only)
  • New decklid lettering
  • New LED tail lamp (Sportwagon only)
  • Performance brake option (V8 models only)
  • Easy Exit driver seat

Caprice V

  • 6.2 litre LS3 V8 engine
  • Lip spoiler
  • New 19 inch alloy wheels
  • Single exhaust tips
  • Performance brake option
  • Easy Exit driver seat

Colour Range

  • Slipstream Blue* (NEW) – available on all models (except Caprice V)
  • Empire Bronze* (NEW) – available on Evoke, Calais, Calais V and Caprice V only
  • 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)

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