Although Holden has officially killed off the SS badge for the 2018 NG Commodore, that doesn’t mean there won’t be a more performance oriented Commodore to come. Likely to wear a “VXR” badge, a test mule has been spotted in Germany sporting a Holden lion logo.
It’s clear this is not an average Commodore, judging by the wheels, lower ride height and more. We can see Brembo brakes tucked behind the prototype’s wheels and a much more pronounced rear spoiler is present. The camo also seems to hide more aggressive front and rear bumpers, too.
However, this is where it gets interesting. And maybe a bit unclear.
The report states a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 has been selected for the Commodore VXR. Here in North America, Buick Canada slipped up and potentially confirmed a naturally aspirated V6 engine, likely the 3.6-liter LGX V6 from the Camaro.
Holden has already confirmed its range-topping Commodore will be treated to the 3.6-liter V6, meaning there must be a different, or substantially retuned, engine sitting under the hood to differentiate the VXR from a regular Commodore. Could Australia receive a hotter variant than North America? It’s possible, but we’ve also heard rumors of a twin-turbo V6 for the 2018 Regal GS before, too.
We won’t know until Buick, Holden or Opel is ready to spill the performance details itself.
Spy shots: Car Advice