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2014 Holden VF Commodore review - Australian launch (video) - PerformanceDrive

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2014 Holden VF Commodore – THE SPECIFICATIONS

Holden VF Commodore SS V Redline (manual)

Engine: 6.0-litre V8 with AFM
Output: [email protected] / [email protected]
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Drive type: Rear-wheel drive, LSD
Wheels: F: 8.5×19, 245/40 R: 9.0×19, 275/35
ANCAP: Five stars
Kerb weight: 1766kg

Power-to-weight: 6.5:1 (kg:kw)
Official fuel economy: 11.8L/100km
Economy during test: N/A
Fuel capacity/Type: 71L/91 RON
Power efficiency: 22.8kW:L/100km
0-100km/h as tested: 4.8 seconds
Priced from: $51,490

2014 Holden VF Commodore – THE PACKAGE

VF SS V Redline
Most of the interior is carried over from SS V for the Redline, but it does come filled with pretty much every VF option, including sat-nav, the forward collision alert system, the Bose audio setup, and a sunroof. The sporty red interior stitching is an option on the SS V, while the Redline gets it as standard.

The interior is big, supportive, and overall a very calm place to be. For the Redline, it’s what’s underneath that matters most.

Engineers have gone to an extra step with the Redline this time around. It hasn’t been simply a matter fitting some bigger wheels and other bolt-on accessories. This time the engineers were able to have a bit of fun and create a true driver’s car from the beginning.

There’s Brembo brakes, as you would expect, however, it also comes with FE3 sports suspension tuned with stiff anti-roll bars and a direct/firm ride, while the steering offers a ‘Sports’ tune and a Competition tune. More on the drive below.

2014 Holden VF Commodore – THE DRIVE

VF SS V Redline
What a beast. Thanks to the new 275mm-wide rear tyres, and the significant driveline improvements including the split drive shafts sizes, the SS V Redline is Australia’s quickest ever sedan in our books. We timed 0-100km/h in a super-quick 4.8 seconds (see video below). In better conditions, using the proper launch control system, the time could and should be even quicker.

Even with the 275mm tyres on the back, it will gently roll into oversteer with liberal throttle input mid-corner, offering perhaps one of the most relaxing and least abrupt transitions into a powerslide you’ll get from any other car on the market. It might not provide the snappy precision of a higher end sports car, but it’s wonderfully playful and forgiving; you could spend all day at a track simply drifting around, probably one-handed most of the time if you wanted to. It’s performance made easy and accessible.

2014 Holden VF Commodore SS V Redline engine sound and 0-100km/h - YouTube
 

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for a car that looks black at the start by 1.31 in the y-tube vid it's regal peacock, also AFM on an M6 ??
 

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yeah, I'm pretty sure the AFM is a typo. engine output is 260kW for the Auto/AFM combo, IIRC.
 

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Kinda weird a 2014 model debuts with a NINE year old LS2 engine. :confused::confused::confused:
But, I would give up the 6.2L LS3 we are getting in the USA for a manual transmission.
That's what I said, if they really wanted to shock the industry with this car they would have done something crazy, like dropping in the new corvette engine in the SS. That would have been KILLER!
 

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Track test: 2014 Holden VF Commodore SS V Redline review - track test (video) - PerformanceDrive



If Mystic Green is just Prussian Steel with a different name, I think I'm sold on the color.
wicked find, too bad the video they have on them didn't go live as yet. was really excited when i followed the link and read the title.....only to scroll down and find this...

2014 Holden VF Commodore SS V Redline – THE VIDEO

Video coming very soon. We apologise for any inconvenience.
 

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It looks like that 8.987 ET in the 1/8 mile translates to about a 13.8 ET (slower than the GXP's 13.2 ET).
 

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It looks like that 8.987 ET in the 1/8 mile translates to about a 13.8 ET (slower than the GXP's 13.2 ET).
Unsurprising, since even the Redline still uses the 6-liter L76.
 

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True.

Brain farted on that, thanx.
 

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Hey Asylum, I saw in other threads that you work at Holden and will see the "SSs" going down the production line at some moment. In that case, once you see it, could you confirm us what will Mystic Green be? Is it Regal Peacock, Prussian Steel or the Chev is getting a different shade of green altogether?
 

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V8s and Redline in particular selling pretty well down under. Good news.

Aussie can't get enough V8s

Paving the way in strengthened V8 demand is the all-new SS-V Redline model, which attracts a $6000 premium over SS-V variants and comes with bigger Brembo brakes, wider rear tyres, forged 19-inch wheels, stiffer track-tuned suspension, revised steering and a new competition mode which includes launch control on manual variants.

“Redline accounted for 25 to 30 per cent of our VE SS-V sales, it’s more than 50 per cent of [V8] sales on our order bank for VF,” Aqualina revealed.

Holden Commodore Redline a sell-out success - motoring.com.au

Formerly GM Holden's Manager for Export Operations, Aquilina explains the tyre-frying Redline model was made possible due to the US-bound Chevrolet SS model.

"We've been able to do Redline because we've got this great program that we're doing to the US, that has enabled us to get broader volume on a range of hardware that we can then share across borders.

"So the Chevy SS program has been a big enabler for us to offer something different to our consumers that we haven’t been able to do before. It's probably something that HSV was typically known for that we've adopted, but they've moved the bar up as well, and their customers are responding to that."

"Sporty versions of our mainstream cars is something we continue to look at. It's part of the Holden DNA to offer that in our range," says Aquilina.
 
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Video is up! Looking good so far!
 

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I like the third gear chirp when he's starting off around the track!
 
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