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2014 Holden VF Commodore review - Australian launch (video) - PerformanceDrive
Performance Drive said: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