Holden says the new Commodore VXR acts as a replacement for the beloved SS, but with a V6 under its hood, some will say it’s more of successor for the SV6. Looking at the bigger picture, the new Commodore is considerably lighter than the old one, more aerodynamic, and comes with an AWD system receiving power through a quicker nine-speed automatic transmission.

The V6 engine in question is a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter mill with 235 kilowatts and 381 Newton meters of torque. Doing the conversion, we’re dealing with the same 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet output as the Commodore VXR’s American cousin, the new Buick Regal GS. Sadly, there’s no word just yet regarding the juicy performance numbers.

Holden mentions the new Commodore VXR is more than just a rebadged Regal GS with the steering wheel on the right side as the sporty midsize model has been subjected to a local development program with more than 100,000 kilometers (62,137 miles) worth of tests to make sure it will be ready for Australian roads.

Brembo front brakes have been installed to match the added oomph coming from underneath the hood while the aforementioned AWD system benefits from torque vectoring wizardry as well as a dual-clutch rear differential. Only the flagship VXR version of the Commodore benefits from three driver-selectable modes to adjust the dampers, transmission, steering, and the “Twinster” all-paw setup.

Sales will kick off Down Under from early 2018 when the sedan, wagon, and the rugged Tourer will hit the market as well.

While the Commodore VXR and the Regal GS are both rocking a V6, the new Opel Insignia GSi and its British counterpart, the Insignia VXR, will be “victims” of the downsizing trend that’s going on in Europe. Instead, the cars will use a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder unit with 260 hp (191 kW) and a peak torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft). Rather than getting the nine-speed auto of its American and Aussie relatives, the Insignias come with an eight-speed ‘box.

The Insignia duo will go on sale in Europe towards the end of the year after its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Buick Regal GS will hit dealerships in the U.S. at the beginning of 2018.

Below is a video showing the Regal GS.

Source: Holden

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  • Most advanced Commodore ever packs  235kW 3.6-litre V6 engine, 9-speed automatic transmission and adaptive All-Wheel-Drive
  • VXR adds Brembo front brakes and unique sports set-up including Continuous Damping Control (CDC)
  • Unique to VXR are three switchable drive modes to adjust CDC dampers, steering, transmission and the ‘Twinster’ AWD system
  • Unmistakeable, muscular styling
  • Local development program with over 100,000km driven to date
  • Commodore VXR due to launch alongside rest of the range in early 2018 

Holden has lifted the covers on the range-topping VXR variant of the next-generation Holden Commodore.    

With a focus on dynamic handling, efficient performance and stunning traction off the line, Commodore VXR will show a different side to Holden’s performance capabilities while still using lessons learned from almost 40 years of continuous local Commodore development.

Differentiating the VXR as the jewel in the next-generation Commodore crown, the range-topping model boasts Brembo front brakes and a unique sports set-up allowing drivers to switch between driving modes. Driver-adjustable settings include Continuous Damping Control (CDC), steering, transmission and the adaptive AWD system.

Packing a 3.6-litre V6 engine pumping out 235W and 381Nm, paired with a 9-speed transmission and adaptive all-wheel drive system boasting torque vectoring technology and a twin-clutch rear differential. Combined with the selectable drive modes, the all-new Commodore VXR blends power with control for ultimate driver engagement.

“The next-gen Commodore VXR offers a different execution of performance to the outgoing SS but make no mistake, this is a more than worthy successor,” said Holden’s renowned Lead Dynamics Engineer, Rob Trubiani.

“We’ve been involved in the development of this car from the beginning and I personally have spent significant time behind the wheel overseas and at Holden’s Lang Lang proving ground.

“The V6 engine with the adaptive AWD and 9-speed transmission make the VXR a quick and smooth car to drive, even in wet conditions. Importantly we also have Brembo front brakes and Continuous Damping Control (CDC) and drivers are able to switch between three driving modes for distinctly different drive experiences.

“We can’t wait to get the car in the hands of our customers next year but for now, we’ve still got some work to do and will continue to work with the team in Europe, who are currently completing chassis development at Nürburgring in Germany.”

The next-generation Commodore VXR also adds sports styling to its ‘Sculptural Artistry Meets German Precision’ design language with bespoke 20-inch alloy wheels, larger rear spoiler, front and rear sports fascias and premium VXR sill plates.

Other highlights include next-generation adaptive LED Matrix headlights, heated and ventilated leather performance front seats, a wealth of cutting-edge driver assistance technology.

The next-generation Commodore VXR will be on sale alongside the rest of the sedan range, along with Sportwagon and Tourer body styles, in early 2018.


  • Performance credentials
    • 3.6-litre V6 engine
    • 9-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifter select
    • Adaptive AWD with torque vectoring
    • Hi-per strut suspension
    • Three driver-select modes for engaging drive experience;
  • Sports inspired styling
    • Front and rear sports fascias
    • Unique VXR rear lip spoiler
    • 20-inch alloy wheels
    • Unique VXR sports performance front seats
    • Heated and ventilated leather front seats
  • Cutting-edge driver assistance systems and technology:
    • Next-generation Adaptive LED Matrix headlights
    • 360 degree camera
    • Autonomous Emergency Braking (with pedestrian protection)
    • Adaptive Cruise Control
    • Lane Departure Warning
    • Lane Keep Assist
    • Forward Collision Alert
    • Side Blind-Zone Alert
    • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
    • Head Up Display