2013 HOLDEN VF COMMODORE SS
Holden has lifted the lid on the new 2013 SS Commodore ahead of the official unveiling of its American counterpart, the Chevy SS.
The Commodore features the same design cues and interior hardware as the Calais V revealed last week, but adds more aggressive front and rear bumpers, deeper side skirts and unique 20-inch alloy wheels.
The front bumper is markedly different, with a huge lower air-dam and a much smaller upper air-dam than the new luxury-spec Calais. The front bumper also features LED daytime running lamps, like the Calais.
UPDATE - MAY 2013: Pricing and photos for the new VF Commodore have been released. Click here.
The headlamp and tail-lamp bezels are blacked out to give them a sportier look, and the VF SS’s alloy bootlid features a lip-spoiler that’s a lot more subtle than the giant wing of the VE SS.
Holden’s designers also deliberately sized the wheels and wheel wells to give the SS a more pumped stance, with the wheels pushed outward to be almost flush with the body.
Overall the SS looks much more aggressive, but also a lot more refined than the car it will replace later this year. Its silhouette is European, but the deeply vented bumpers hint at the American muscle within.
Mechanical Package and Features
Holden has yet to confirm what will power the next-generation SS.
The L98 6.0 litre of the current SS could well soldier on in the VF, but rumours abound that the 6.2 litre LS3 used by HSV and also the Chevy Camaro could find its way under the VF SS’s bonnet.
Another possibility is the newly-developed Gen V V8, which features direct injection and could come to market with a capacity of ‘just’ 5.5 litres - yet still produce as much power as the 317kW LS3.
Inside, the VF will feature a predominantly dark interior, with the optional red interior colour scheme of the current VE SS to be dropped entirely.
Instead, all dash and door plastics will be black, as will the leather upholstery.
In the standard colour scheme a light grey suede and leather panel will provide some contrast to the passenger side of the dash, and will be accompanied by similar panels on the door cards and red stitching on the seats and steering wheel.
An optional all-black interior will see the grey dash trim replaced with black leather and suede, with the contrast stitching changed to titanium grey.
All SS models will feature a carbon fibre style trim strip that runs the width of the dashboard, in place of the woodgrain seen in the Calais V preview car.
The steering wheel is exclusive to the SS. Featuring a flat bottom and a sculpted rim, the steering wheel is also 370mm in diameter - 7mm smaller than the truck-like tiller in the current SS.
The front seat cushions will also be more deeply sculpted, with bigger bolsters to keep bodies firmly in place.
Equipment levels have yet to be confirmed by Holden, but features already seen on the VF Calais V will likely be shared with the VF SS.
That means push-button start, a self-parking system, an 8-inch colour touch screen display, dual-zone climate control, an electronic parking brake and a head up display will be standard on the SS V.
The head-up display will also be able to display engine revs alongside vehicle speed, along with G-force loads and other performance data.
Expect more information to trickle out over the coming months, as the VF Commodore nears its on-sale date.
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