2013 Holden VF Commodore SS Revealed

TMR Team | Feb 15, 2013

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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  • FrugalOne says,
    2 years ago
    3 likes
    Not too bad a effort, not to much boy-racer/bogan look, orange is the new black

    *should* have the GEN5, but they wont

    More power and performance than before, but is that really enough to engage buyers?

    Needs to be less than $40k
    • 2B Frank says,
      2 years ago
      2 likes
      Commodore priceing will be its downfull,BYE BYE HOLDEN.
      • FrugalOne says,
        2 years ago
        4 likes
        VERY GOOD! biggrin

        For mine that is what is killing off the large sedan MORE than anything else, the PRICE, $40k is NOT what the average punter wants to pay in buying a car, the market is $20k - $30k

        Its a major piss-off that a Aussie built SS is exported and sold in USA for $10k less than here, the Aussie buyers are paying more so they pay less

        That stinks, and on top of that we get less kW and stripped of gear

        Oh and no bench seat in The Ute smile
  • Stevo says,
    2 years ago
    6 likes
    Doesnt look sleek. Doesnt look agressive. Wont offend anyone, but isnt going to attract any new market.

    Have been trying to work out what bugs me about the rear on the VF and just worked out that its stolen from a mazda3. I'm serious, check it out!
    • Peter says,
      2 years ago
      1 like
      There is a hint of. Oth Mazda 3 and Toyota Aurion in the tail end.
      Still it's stylish& a whole lot less clumsy looking that what it is replacing.
      Can't wait to see the wagon.
    • Nick says,
      2 years ago
      yeah me and my wife picked that straight away on the rear, let's the rest of the outside down. It needs to be lower as they are 20 inch rims. I reckon dump it and change those rear lights and that crap boot and you got more of a winner there, the front bumper is pretty sweet
  • Mo Kargas says,
    2 years ago
    3 likes
    Ahh the standard Mazda comments rolleyes

    The tail light arrangement looks nothing like the Mazda 3 at the rear. The only similarity is that both cars have lights on the tailgate, which many other cars do as well. The old VT series did as well.

    Might as say it's a Jetta or Passat CC copy while you're at it. They're much closer to the look on the rear than the Mazda 3.
    • Smart us says,
      2 years ago
      it would attract me - no holden yet
    • Lindsay says,
      2 years ago
      1 like
      You're right, it's the Bangle Butt reborn, 12 years late to the party.
    • matt says,
      2 years ago
      ahh the standard euro commentsbiggrin
  • Daniel says,
    2 years ago
    2 likes
    Looks BRILLIANT!
    Can't wait to take one for a spin.
  • Brash says,
    2 years ago
    2 likes
    If I had to place the rear, I'd say VW Jetta, but even then it's not quite the same.

    And if Holden are serious about this thing having a future, it needs to have the Gen V engine. GM can't keep telling us that they use an evolvution of a century old design. Even the Ford V8 is an overhead cam job.
    • pro346 says,
      2 years ago
      3 likes
      The boss v8 was ohc and that was complete dud cool
    • FrugalOne says,
      2 years ago
      4 likes
      Here we go again!

      NOTHING WRONG WITH PUSHRODS

      The deck height, weight and low complex nature makes this engine unbeatable

      This is the gun engine to use in hypo sports cars because it goes and goes and gives very few issues

      They ran it flat stick on the dyno and it would not die, a true legend [even though the Yanks only got to design the rocker cover]smilelaugh

      • Rodge says,
        1 year ago
        Wait till the mining boom slows to a crawl, and oz is back to living off the Backpackers imported $$$ like it was for decades,
        And fuel prices hit the 2$ + a litre as in europe
        Then tell me is your pushrod V8 donk still the gun for sports cars.

        There is plenty of new little turbo diesels that would take this car out, and use a tenth of the fuel doing it,
        But its true they might not spin wheels outside the tingalpa hotel or some other dive and impress bozo and jezza and the titty gals !
        ozzie ozzie ozz....

        Pushrods great for drag cars etc, in the modern world things have moved on, Sports cars shouldnt and cant be simple, things have moved on, Less fuel more power and lighter is the way forward.
  • craig says,
    2 years ago
    5 likes
    I think it looks great inside and out.
  • Johnny says,
    2 years ago
    1 like

    Meh,,,,.. when will Holl'dens learn you don't need 6L to make 300KW

    Holden 300KW = 200KW on Tarmac, don't read the txt! My 450GT will loose these all day every day! Plus has 20 years technology on thus!
  • corey says,
    2 years ago
    3 likes
    Here we go again!

    NOTHING WRONG WITH PUSHRODS?

    Vibration, lake of High rev? more internal movement?
    • FrugalOne says,
      2 years ago
      1 like
      ohhhhhhhhhhh,,, pulling teeth laugh
      • jason says,
        2 years ago
        i'm i love this commodore is the best ive seen cant wait to see what hsv do with it I JUST WANT ONE
  • Marty says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    6 speed! LMAO!!!!!!!!
    isn't the real world up to 8 speed now?

    like always sluggish, vibrating, loud, fuel guzzling crap!!

    will be another 20 years before they catch up to My Honda nsx
    • Rodge says,
      1 year ago
      The real world...

      Don't go saying things like that, don't let on that you know of another existence outside of these ozzie prison borders or they will have your passport off you in a jiffy mate, packed on one of those refusgee boats back to Indonesia ! Why the *** do they want to come from Indo to Oz anyway ? they are at least free over there !
    • Rodge says,
      1 year ago
      WHV Working Holiday Visa's


      PORSCHE - BMW - Audi- Citroen- are offering working holiday visa's to highly sought after Australian holden engineers to come to Europe and show them how to use Pushrods - leaf springs -cast iron in their new wave of cars. they fell they are just so behind the times and cant get a grip on this technology, they want it spelled out in black and white so they might wrap their tiny brains around it. Seems only Ozzie got the answer mate,

      2014 Bmw M5 - Live rear axle,4 cart leaf springs - 4 barrel carby- drum brakes all around- 2 speed automatic- 8 litres of cast iron.

      But all that don't matter cus wait for it- it will cost under 40 Grand and in a straight line is quicker than a small aircraft, yeahhh best yet the titty gals up ther pinkenba hotel love it,



  • Hammer says,
    2 years ago
    3 likes
    It looks like a pumped up Cruze. Looks won't offend but more conservative than previous Commodores for their eras.
  • Corrie Lemmer (SA) says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    This is a awesome car, what a proper match for the M5
    Good engine, great technologies what more can we ask for!!!!
    Just hope that the price won't go through the roof.....
    • Marty says,
      2 years ago
      3 likes
      Good competitor for the M5

      What drugs are you on!!!!
      • james says,
        2 years ago
        2 likes
        Good technology????????????????????

        same technology Japan had in their v8's in 1995!
        • 2B Frank says,
          2 years ago
          2 likes
          Holdens have always been behind the times,just have a look at the factory they are made in.
          • FrugalOne says,
            2 years ago
            6 likes
            Holdens have always been behind the times,just have a look at the factory they are made in.


            I have been to the factory in Elizabeth S/Aust., its world class and as good as any other modern car factory on the planet, its a silly statement u made mate

          • FrugalOne says,
            2 years ago
            4 likes
            Market all to themselves, no Falcon XR8, and NO the turbo6 is not a V8, get over it.
            • DE says,
              2 years ago
              1 like
              No the Turbo aint no V8:
              It's faster, more refined and more economical.
              (Not to mention it's in a much better looking carbleh)
  • Jace says,
    2 years ago
    2 likes
    Very nice will have one when it come out far better than the rest of the rubbish on the roads and that goes for ford as well
  • Lindsay says,
    2 years ago
    2 likes
    That rear end still sends me into paroxysms of uncontrollable laughter.
    • Jeebus says,
      2 years ago
      1 like
      Its so damn horrible laugh
  • NSX says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    Do u really need 6.2l of bogan and plastic to make 300kw??? Every numb nuts reply whack a SC OR turbo on it make 550kw really?? In a poorly made RWD! Goodbye diff goodbye clutch wonder if they fixed all them awesome qualities like stitching coming undone overheating issues "lack of RPM"
  • Venelope says,
    2 years ago
    Edit (iphone)

    LMAO!!!!! in fasion of Holden..
    You get 1 set of 4 piston brakes on the "FRONT", and I nice set of V6 1 pison open calipers on the back!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!
  • Daniel says,
    2 years ago
    6 likes
    I guess I shouldn't feed the trolls, but what's wrong with you people?

    This is a great car, at what will likely be a very affordable price.

    Try to pick the equivilant vehicle from overseas and you will likely pay two the three times as much.

    Comparisons to the NSX? Lack of revs? Have you ever driven an LSx vehicle? I think not.

    This is a car for working adults in the real world, not PS3 players. Grow up kids!

    Well done to Holden, I'll be sure to give this car a closer look when it's released.
  • Mike Varney says,
    2 years ago
    3 likes
    Fuel injection latest tech for GM / Holden


    2005 Toyota 5.7l Natural Aspirated specs on FI!!

    fuel injection system with a two injection ports and injected into the intake pipe in-cylinder direct injection * 3 , the optimal control is performed according to operating conditions. Of course, we also provide both low emissions, and fuel economy.
    • mike varney says,
      2 years ago
      and....
      Toyota v8 2007!!!!! Holden in 30 years!!!!!

      A 40K v8 RWD and AWD in Japan!
      D-4S fuel injection system adopting advanced. I have excellent by controlling optimal "injection port" normal injected into the cylinder high-pressure fuel in accordance with such engine speed and "in-cylinder direct injection" to inject fuel into the intake port, performance and high power I have both environmental performance. In addition, optimized engine control according to the eight-speed AT
  • gavin says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    i think american companys are generally cheap and also slow to adapt compared to the europeans and asians.
    heres an example:

    look at briggs and stratton, they still make flathead lawnmower engines (and ohv too, but mostly flatheads) . where as honda makes belt driven SOHC lawnmower engines. honda hasnt made a flathead mower engine is 20 years. their lowest economy model engine still features overhead valves, which is only somthing that high end briggs motors have.

    briggs and stratton could of made a ohc engines decades ago if they wanted to, but they are cheap and wanted to milk the flathead profits.

    i think this is a similar problem with american automotive companys. they like milking the old designs to get maximum $$$ out of them before switching onto somthing new. you can see this "milking the design" in everyting from engines to suspensions.

    almost any american company could produce a quad cam v8 with 5 valves per cylinder but they never will. its too advanced and american companys like to progress is small steps so as to milk current designs for all they are worth.
    • FrugalOne says,
      2 years ago
      6 likes
      i think american companys are generally cheap and also slow to adapt compared to the europeans and asians.
      heres an example:

      look at briggs and stratton, they still make flathead lawnmower engines (and ohv too, but mostly flatheads) . where as honda makes belt driven SOHC lawnmower engines. honda hasnt made a flathead mower engine is 20 years. their lowest economy model engine still features overhead valves, which is only somthing that high end briggs motors have.

      briggs and stratton could of made a ohc engines decades ago if they wanted to, but they are cheap and wanted to milk the flathead profits.


      Not exactly correct smile, good try though! biggrin

      Firstly Honda do still make side valves [models G200 and G300] but the OHV and OHC are the major sellers for them

      B&S make less and less side valve engines, in fact the 9cu" Sprint/Classic is ending production this year, this has been *almost* the same since the 60's [and a icon] and is without doubt the most produced of ANY engine in any application on the planet, it would be near 100,000,000 produced

      The 12cu" Quantum is also a side valve and a gutsy easy start and reliable engine, its bulletproof and very clean emissions, so no need to axe this donk, i would put it up against and similar sized small engine on the planet...End Of Story!

      B&S had OHV in the early 1900's even before Honda existed

      EVERY mower store knows how to repair a side valve, the market does not need complicated and expensive to repair OHV/OHC to make it look kool.

      All these modern things look great on brochers [we call them BH Brochure-Horsepower, in the real world these high reving VTEC engines have no low down torque, while a simple IL6 Falcon pulls like a train from 0 RPM

  • angela sewell says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    how could that ever happen?

  • Jason says,
    2 years ago
    @nsx
    Lets compare a 1997 nsx... To let's say a ve commodore ss.
    Nsx:
    216 kw and 304nm
    Weight:1402kg

    Ss:
    270kw and 530nm
    Weight:1805kg (403kg more than nsx)

    So what are we comparing?
    Nsx being purely sports car,
    Ss being a family sports car.

    Hmm I wonder what most tradies want in australia? Not to mention the pulling power that is necessary. Lets put a average family of 4 people in the nsx or weight equilevent and add the 403kg that it is missing and then let's compare. Because I can assure you you're little nsx would not performe as the commodore would. So we aren't just looking at kw we are looking at nm and overall appeal including interior. Btw a nsx is not a day to day driving car.
    • 500GT0 says,
      1 year ago
      what a car that is like a decade older than the SS and cost far less today like i thought what are we comparing the sides are basically uneven
    • 500GT0 says,
      1 year ago
      what a car that is like a decade older than the SS and cost far less today like i thought what are we comparing the sides are basically uneven
  • Graham says,
    2 years ago
    2 likes
    Im really dumbfounded by all the comments comparing european cars, that are mostly built in part or in full, in Taiwan...
    European cars have there place in the city driving arena, however this is no Europe, I'm astounded by the many people who are so easily sold on looks and so-called "technologie" advocating the benefits of European vehicles. Anyone with a good engineering knowlage would understand that vehicles are built for the enviroment they are intended to be used in !
    For me, someone who spends a lot of time on the road, the new holden VF commodore is a vehicle built for Australian conditions. Given the Australian market is small in comparison to overseas markets I think Holden has done a great job enbrasing practical tech updates for safety and economy, resisting to just adding technologie for nothing more than the sales "wow" factor like most european cars.
    A rear wheel drive vehicle that can SAFELY transport five adults and a boot full in comfort from Melbourne to Brisbane on 9.2L /100 (my current series II does this, confirmed).
    I think most Australians have been sold the European myth and are blindly being ripped off by these light weight front wheel drive cars that are nothing more than a death trap on the rugged Australian roads.

    If you want a car for city driving and never intent to venture past the suburbs then get a European car, but don't pretend you know a thing or two about Australian built cars!!

    My money is on the commodore, a great Australian Built vehicle for Australian conditions creating Australian jobs. Has a big future if Holden can continue with the good work it's being doing on improving economy and safety. That agressive stance looks the part, the reliability and road handling is the tool for our second rate roads!
    Finally I would not hesitate to put the most valuable cargo of all in this vehicle (my family) and drive the open roads of this unforgiving country !!

    So before you fly the european flag in Australia, think horse for courses people !!
    • craig says,
      2 years ago
      2 likes
      HAHA.. you have obviously not driven in Europe then.. the roads there are worse in many areas and folks over there drive from country to country.. similar distances to here.. perhaps you need to remove your "patriotic glasses" and see this VF is nothing more than a Chevy Malibu.. not much "Australian" about it.. pretty sure the Euros are just as safe and in some cases safer than these cars.. I owned a S2 VE SS.. what an awfully built car.. built to a price the market wants to pay.. ugh !!
    • Rodge says,
      1 year ago
      Sorry
      Your whole argument is wasted..

      Why - because you speak of cars being built for the conditions, PETROL ENGINE HATE HEAT - what has australia got alot of.... Yep heat, So why would you use a massive petrol engine that will be 'pinking' need a radiator the size of a town to cool it in these conditions?
      the yanks are just getting into turbo diesels now, they do not know themselfs,
      The Fact the commodore is not Diesel means it has no place really anywhere except for drifting,
      The extra money you pay for the Euro car with its front wheel drive as you say, well the largest part of the premium demanded in oz ... Is thanks to your government in a desperate bid to protect the home market ( who can blame them )
      the sad point is the development and technology is there, you cant ignore it now, Mining money wont be thrown around for ever, there will be a lot of dinosaurs when the pinch comes.
  • Pedrosnachos says,
    2 years ago
    2 likes
    If you have 160k then go buy a c63.
    Everyone else can get a SS and still be awesome.

    If you like pansy cars like mazda3 then that's fine - just go away - you obviously don't get it but that's fine too but you dont add any opinion of value here.
    If you are into euros and are willing to get ripped off at every service and thus continue to wear blinkers and believe a well build car should be $1000 to service then again go back under your rock and keep buying your euro so you can feel better than everyone else when you go to sleep at night.

    It's pretty simple. You either see the value proposition or you have blinkers on.
    Design wise all new cars are oatmeal anyway so get over that.
  • Rodge says,
    1 year ago
    Sigh
    An ancient opel omega chassis stretched a bit with a big yank pushrod and 'european styling' with 'american muscle'
    Sounds a bit of a mess to me - a parts bin of cars,
    It wants to be as accessable as a Hyundai to the masses - boring as a lexus or camry, as sophisticated as an Audi RS4 yet have the redneck tyre spinning ability of some ancient american leaf springed beast, have the lights of a bmw, be grown up in its appearance to attract the mid life crisis CEO's yet have enough boyracer to attract the tasteless rich miners.
    Sorry Holden , you can not create a car for all.
    Find your Genre and stick to it, that way with time you may get it right.
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