Holden sits at the eve for the launch of its last locally-engineered and manufactured Commodore, and the brand has shared a few details on what went into creating its best Commodore yet, the 2016 Holden Commodore Series II, before local media are handed the keys for first impressions.
As everyone is aware, the 6.0-liter is out, and the LS3 6.2-liter V8 is in, marking the largest change for the sedan. Coupled with the new bi-model exhaust, a new soundtrack will let everyone know this particular Commodore is a Series II.
The bi-modal exhaust also features what the brand has named a “Baillie Tip,” named after Holden engineering, Dr. David Baillie. The tip consists of a unique opening in the exhaust that reverberates sound back through the exhaust towards the cabin, increasing the overall sound level up to 10 percent. Holden says the tip is an integral part of creating the 2016 VF Series II sound.
“The Baillie Tip is a very smart but simple piece of engineering that contributes to the overall vehicle beautifully. Sadly, we lost David to Leukemia earlier this year and naming the part after him was a non-negotiable tribute that all the Holden engineers wanted to do,” said Holden chief engineer, Andrew Holmes.
One noteworthy challenge brought forward by the addition of the LS3 engine was heat management and airflow, something Holmes says influences the revised front fascia extensively. Not only does it create better aerodynamics, but the airflow helps cool the engine much more efficiently.
“We spent time at Monash University to develop aerodynamic performance and engaged heavily with our design team to make sure we didn’t miss a thing,” said Holmes
Finally, the Redline trim has had its rear suspension stabilizer bar retooled along with a reduction in rear spring rate and retuned dampers. This allows for greater comfort, but also improved handing for the 2016 Commodore Series II.
Over 250,000 kilometers, or approximately 155,343 miles, were clocked to ensure Australia was graced with the best Holden Commodore ever. We’ll have to wait for the 2016 Chevrolet SS to certify that promise, but we don’t think we’ll be let down.