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Holden Commodore SS V VE Utility Review

Holden Commodore SS V VE Utility Review

Whenever we hear the name “Holden”, we know exactly what people are talking about. Yes, I am talking about the same world renowned motor company. And one of their outstanding creations is the Holden Commodore SS. Without a doubt, the SS is an awesome coupe.
Powered by a Chevrolet-sourced 6.0-litre V8 engine, the Commodore SS ute develops an adequate 260kW of power and brawny 517Nm of torque (in automatic guise) and is fitted with Holden’s AFM (Active Fuel Management) cylinder-shutdown technology in a redundant attempt to save fuel. If thirst was no concern and you wanted old-school grunt, the SS and (new for the VE series) up-spec SS-V would be for you. A sleek Sport wagon launched in 2008 expanded the appeal. The SS badge dates back to the early ’70s when it was attached to HQ performance model. In the VE, the V8 underscored its credentials with outputs of 270kW and 530Nm. The 6.0-litre V8 revs strongly all the way to its 5700rpm redline – with a superb audio track from the quad exhausts. And that six-speeder does need patience and a firm hand to select the right cog, but once you’re dialed in, this is as good as it gets for high performance V8 sedans.
While the limited slip differential is optional (packaged with the firmer sports suspension), the driver aids list is still impressive: Electronic Stability Control (ESC), ABS anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), and Electronic Brake Assist (EBA) and Traction Control (TCS).
The Holden Commodore SS not only dominates in terms of power but gives its rider a sporty feel and a nice luxurious moment. The leather seats are supportive and the four-way electronic adjustment of the driver’s seat plus rake/reach adjustment for the thick, leather-wrapped steering wheel ensures a great driving position.
The alloy-faced pedals and orange SS instrumentation provide extra sporty touches. Dials are the conventional twin arrangement with trip computer information displayed on a rectangular screen mounted between the speedometer and rev counter.
SS models also gain an extra display in the center of the dashboard with oil pressure and oil temperature gauges. Center console sees the 6.5-inch multi-function screen for the climate control air-conditioning and audio system. All of this functions can be controlled by the steering wheel buttons.
And when it comes to the exterior, it’s really the twin-nostril front-end and ‘letter-box’ bonnet scoops that visually distinguish the V-Series Special Edition from other SS models. There are also unique front fog lights, a rear deck lid spoiler and some extra chrome around the boot and window surrounds.
While getting reviews from the test drive, some female members complained about the heavy clutch pedaling and gear. However, since it’s a 270kW/530Nm V8 with a six-speed manual, so it was mandatory for a hefty clutch and gearbox to handle all that performance. Good as the standard SS is, the V-Series Special Edition just looks so good with that wicked front-end. It’s not cheap, but this is a world class, value-for-money high performance V8 sedan. The new price tag of this beast is from $46,990 to $53,990.

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