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Holden Reveals New Commodore VXR Based on Buick Regal GS

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2018 Holden Commodore VXR

Holden has at long last unveiled the next-generation Commodore VXR, which replaces the much-beloved SS with what the brand promises to be the most advanced take on its flagship vehicle yet.

“The next-gen Commodore VXR offers a different execution of performance to the outgoing SS, but make no mistake, this is a more than worthy successor,” said Holden Lead Dynamics Engineer Rob Trubiani.

Powering the Holden Commodore VXR is the same 3.6-liter V6 engine that will grace the newly-announced 2018 Buick Regal GS. Holden rates the output of the V6 at 235 (315 horsepower) kW and 381 Nm (281 lb-ft) of torque. It will be mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission and ride on adaptive all-wheel drive with torque vectoring and twin-clutch rear differential.

“The V6 engine with the adaptive AWD and 9-speed transmission make the VXR a quick and smooth car to drive, even in wet conditions,” added Trubiani. “Importantly, we also have Brembo front brakes and Continuous Damping Control (CDC), and drivers are able to switch between three driving modes for distinctly different drive experiences.

“We can’t wait to get the car in the hands of our customers next year but for now, we’ve still got some work to do and will continue to work with the team in Europe, who are currently completing chassis development at Nürburgring in Germany.”

The new-look Commodore VXR will also borrow its styling from the Buick Regal GS: it will receive unique front and rear fascias; a rear spoiler; 20-inch alloy wheels; and heated, ventilated, leather sports performance front seats. It will also receive cutting-edge safety features including Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Forward Collision Alert.

The Holden Commodore VXR is expected to arrive in Australia alongside the other next-gen Commodores in the early part of 2018.