Holden has revealed the local pricing and specification of the last Australian-built Commodore, the VFII, at its launch in Australia today.
While there is little change to the V6 models externally, added specification - such as keyless entry and start, as well as blind spot assist - more than accounts for the $500 price rise on the SV6 and Calais models, while the Evoke and Calais V remain the same prices.
The V8 models are where the real change is, however, with a $1,500 price increase on the SS, SSV, SSV Redline and Calais V V8 accounted for by the addition of a bi-modal exhaust and the mighty 6.2-litre 304kW/570Nm LS3 V8 previously reserved for HSV cars.
Countering the criticism that the VF V8 models were far too quiet, Holden has gone all out to make the VFII V8 sound like a V8 should, with its own version of the HSV bi-modal exhaust and a “mechanical sound enhancer” that uses engine pressure to pipe the noise of the engine into the cabin.
The V8 models also gain a performance brake upgrade option bad on the USA police cruiser-spec brakes (except for the SSV Redline that now gets Brembos all round as well as retuned sports suspension) and extra bonnet vents to help keep the big V8 cool.
Sedan, Sportwagon, ute and LWB body styles continue, with the Evoke sedan starting the range at $49,990 and the SV6 kicking off the ute range at $49,490, while the SS sedan starts off the V8 range at $62,990.
The LWB Caprice tops the range at $81,490, while the SSV Redline caps the performance range at $75,990 for the sedan, $78,490 for the wagon and $64,490 for the ute.