So what’s different about the new VF Redline over the VE? Well, it is more of a bespoke model this time around, separated from the sporty SV6, SS, and SS V variants.
It’s quicker and more focused than its predecessor too, and it’s more suitable to take to the track. It’s also more advanced with some interesting new technologies coming in, giving it a stronger standpoint in this segment and price range.
The VF Redline comes with a number of Commodore firsts, including a staggered tyre size (245s on the front and 275s on the rear), launch control, forged alloy wheels to reduce unsprung mass, a ‘Competitive Mode’ for the steering and stability control with a unique steering calibration to any other VF, and a beefed up Brembo braking package which features a revised master cylinder compared with the VE Redline.
From 100-0km/h, the VE is able to stop in 40.9 metres, while the VF, with its newer setup, is able to pull up to rest in 38.6 metres. In the corners, the VE Redline manages 0.88g in lateral force, while the VF manages 0.93g. These are some decent measurable improvements, and proof that the engineers have been putting in the hard yards.
As a result, no Commodore has ever been developed with such attention to detail. To cement it all in and to give the Redline its final industry seal of approval, the ute version has set a new world record around the famously punishing and demanding Nurburgring in Germany.
A production-mimicking version lapped the course quicker than any other factory utility/commercial vehicle in history (according to Holden). With a crew of just three engineers, the team posted a time of 8:19.47, which is a few seconds quicker than an R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R, and just a few seconds short of a 2009 Porsche Cayman S.
Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013