The VF Commodore SS V Redline was praised for its excellent balance, handling, steering and its 6.0-litre V8 engine – though with the automatic gearbox buyers were penalised some power.
That’s been fixed with the VF II Commodore SS V, which has a new 6.2-litre LS3 V8 engine producing a huge 304kW of power and mammoth 570Nm of torque no matter whether you choose the more affordable six-speed manual model, or the six-speed automatic version.
The new 6.2-litre V8 – which is built from the same basis of the engine used in the Chevrolet Corvette – is made for muscle car monstering. And there’s a pressure-sensitive bi-modal exhaust system that offers a Jekyll and Hyde-like split personality – quiet and refined when the going is easy, but brutal and raucous when it gets tough.
The engine has a proper lumpy V8 burble at idle, and the car even wobbles around a bit on the spot when you’re stopped – it gives the impression that something is trying to escape from under the bonnet.
It’s a proper manual mode, meaning that it won’t override you if you’re accelerating and hit redline (which suits its name, really), while the throttle blips on downshifts are tantalising, and there’s a fantastic pop and crackle on the overrun.
The SS V Redline – unlike any other Commodore model – gets paddleshifters, and they make for easier hands-on-the-wheel shifts at speed.
It needs to be said, however, that the claimed fuel use of the VFII SS V Redline is a full 1.1 litres per 100km higher than the existing version, at 12.9L/100km. Commendably, though, we saw 13.1L/100km over a range of highway, B-road and spirited cornering.
Published: Tuesday, October 27, 2015