Holden will market two versions of the high-performance V8 variant of the new Commodore VE – the standard SS and the new V Series.
The two versions are both powered by the 6.0-litre Chevrolet LS2 V8 used in the Corvette sports car in America. In both Commodores, it develops maximum power of 270kW and peak torque of 530Nm.
That’s 10kW and 20Nm more than the 6.0-litre V8 developed in the VY II model which wasn’t imported to New Zealand. It’s the most powerful standard V8 Holden has ever produced.
Buyers can choose between six-speed automatic, and six-speed manual gearboxes. The six-speed auto is shared with General Motors’ flagship Cadillac cars and the Corvette. The six-speed auto is dubbed the GM 6L80E and has Active Select manual gearshift capability, It was introduced in the Cadillac STS-V in the US.
The manual is a Tremec T56.
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is standard on both models, along with driver and front passenger and front and side impact airbags. Curtain airbags are standard on the SS-V, and optional on the SS
Holden has given the VE an ultra-stiff body structure, with multiple load path strategy, and structurally optimised front and rear deformation zones. Greatly expanded use is made of super-strength and high-strength steels in the body.
The cars get all-new heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
Holden says the Gen IV V8 will give the SS models overall fuel economy of 14.4 litres/100km with the manual gearbox, an improvement of 0.2 of a litre over the VY II SS. With the auto, fuel consumption increases by .03 of a litre over the previous SS’s, to 14.3/100km.