Holden threw a curveball with the introduction of the 2016 VF Holden Commodore Series II. While it was expected we would see a new L99 6.2-liter V8 engine, with the latest Active Fuel Management technology, the 2016 Commodore Series II instead arrives with the no-frills LS3 6.2-liter V8 engine.
Holden told us “hearing is believing,” and the slogan is fitting. The LS3 engine will officially be paired with a bi-modal exhaust and mechanical sound enhancer as standard on all V8 sports models after hours of testing to create the ideal exhaust note, exiting through a Holden-designed “Baillie Tip.”
Here, the LS3 6.2-liter makes a healthy 407 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. That’s curiously eight horsepower less than the Chevrolet SS, but five more pound-feet of torque.
With increased power, added stopping force is handled by the introduction of Brembo brakes at all four wheels on top-spec SSV Redline VF Series II. And, in an effort to create the greatest sport sedan Holden has ever engineered, the 2016 VF Commodore Series II was sent back to the Lang Lang proving grounds to have its FE3 sport suspension retuned for sharper handling, and increased comfort.
Now, the looks.
Series II iterations of Commodore ring as evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, and here it’s no different. Though, it looks quite good, with its reimagined, sculpted front end, featuring new-functional hood vents. The chiseled fascia ducts send air towards the wheels, sweeping it out of the VF II’s way to create even greater aero flow. And, a new badge in the lower grille trim lets your stoplight opponents know there’s Corvette power under the bonnet.
Although the main design of the rear has been unchanged, new clear-lens taillamps have been added to as a more aggressive addition, backing up its new powerplant, with new “Series II” badging setting it apart from its predecessor. If you’re keen on the sport wagon, you’re out of luck for the clear lenses, though, as they instead receive a refreshed LED-style taillamp.
Holden says the 2016 VF Series II will be on sale in October, with mass production of V8-powered cars for a predicted heavy demand.
This is it Holden fans. The last locally-produced, and engineered, Commodore. But, we have a feeling the LS3 is only the beginning of the car’s going away party.