Holden Commodore SSV Ute Runs The Nürburgring Nordschleife In 8:19.4719
As far as pickups go, the Holden VF Commodore SSV Ute Redline barreling through the famous Nübrugring Nordschleife in 8:19.47 is worthy of a world record of sorts. According to the list of Nürburgring lap times, that’s a second off the pace of the formidable Lexus IS-F.
The driver of the red record-setter was Holden vehicle dynamics engineer Rob Trubiani, and in the video below he walks us through every twist and turn of his lap with the 6.0L V8-powered VF Ute SSV Redline Ute. The finish at the end is particularly hair-raising.
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thats an SS V it has the 6.0…only the HSV models carry the 6.2…no matter those are impressive #’s for a light duty pickup!! i think im more impressed with the shift response of the 6 speed more than anything..they’ve made improvements to the shift logic for sure!
What happens to the payload which might be in the open cargo space of this pickup car, cornering at such speeds?
nice link, thanks will save that one.
who was behind the wheel
Alright, how many more of us want a Ute even more after that!!! Hey the Aussie dollar is slipping every day, down to 90cents today. C’mon GM it won’t upstage the SS (well almost not) let’s get them on the boat headed this way!!!!!!!
@ OPC that is the cheif dynamics engineer for the ute..and possibly the commodore as well even mark reuss drove the ute @ green hell and he praised it as well…id bank on us getting a ute before its all said and done as an SS El Camino! possibly with the same limited production status as the SS
But he’s not racer?
Its a Holden VF Ute SS-V Redline. The fastest pickup trick in the is the HSV GEN-F Maloo R8 SV Enhanced.
*Fastest production stock pick up truck in the world is the HSV GEN-F Maloo R8 SV Enhanced. Back when HSV’s latest model was the HSV Z-Series Maloo, HSV set the Guinness World Record! That Maloo had way less power than the Gen-F R8 SV.
I just love these Ute’s
Top Gears new car for racing celebrity’s around the track is a Vauxhall Astra.
Funny because in Australia, it isn’t reasonably priced, it’s over priced…
It’s more of a upmarket premium product so its price reflects that
Not really that premium, the Opel Astra was badged as a Holden and sold for the same price as the Cruze.
The Astra generation H was also rebadged as a Holden, but not the current generation J. With the current generations of Opel models, GM broke the badge engineering with Chevrolet (Holden) and is marketing those cars as Buick in China and North America, as Opel elsewhere in the world, including Australia.
Open cargo space à la pickup and high speed don’t go very well together.
In my humble view I have never heard of such an extremely useless automobile.
If the cargospace were closed, like in a station wagon, that might make sense. An example was the little fleet of stretched Citroen DS21 (with two axles in the rear) which ran between Paris and Cologne resp. Frankfurt to transport daily newspapers. But even for that purpose, a super high speed racing car would have made no sense, since the speed on most of the motorways being used is limited to 120 km/h (Belgium) or 140 km/h (France). And for the lesser part of the ride on Autobahns in Germany? The higher speed would hardly pay out. And the heavy load (paper is as heavy as plumb) would require to ride rather careful instead of racing.
So those HSV Ute are good for the Wow! effect but utterly useless for practical purposes.
Think of it as a sports coupe with a bloody big boot/trunk. Not all Utes are used to carry loads of something, quite often they’re used for transporting equipment, bikes, dirt/quad bikes etc. The zeta platform ute tray was designed with carrying quad bikes in mind.
Yeah, but the big boot is open, so exposed to the drag at high speeds. Also with a motor cycle strapped to the ground of the boot, one will not drive at high speeds.
I see this car mainly geared towards creating the wow! effect of the fastest “Ute”.