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2018 Holden Commodore VXR

HOLDEN has lifted the covers on the range-topping VXR variant of the next-generation Holden Commodore – the replacement for the outgoing SS.

Billed as the most advanced Commodore ever built, the VXR packs some serious heat with a 3.6-litre V6 engine pumping out 235kW and 381Nm, paired with a 9-speed transmission and adaptive all-wheel drive system boasting torque vectoring technology and a twin-clutch rear differential.

Combined with the selectable drive modes, the new Commodore VXR blends power with control for ultimate driver engagement.

“The next-gen Commodore VXR offers a different execution of performance to the outgoing SS but make no mistake, this is a more than worthy successor,” said Holden’s lead dynamics engineer, Rob Trubiani.

“We’ve been involved in the development of this car from the beginning and I have personally spent significant time behind the wheel overseas and at Holden’s Lang Lang proving ground,” he said. “Importantly we also have Brembo front brakes and continuous damping control (CDC).”

The next-generation Commodore VXR also adds sports styling to its ‘Sculptural Artistry Meets German Precision’ design language with bespoke 20-inch alloy wheels, larger rear spoiler, front and rear sports fascia and premium VXR sill plates.

Other highlights include adaptive LED Matrix headlights, heated and ventilated leather performance front seats, and a wealth of cutting-edge driver assistance technology.

The next-generation Commodore VXR will be on sale alongside the rest of the sedan range, along with sport wagon and tourer body styles, in early 2018.

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