2018 Holden Commodore VXR revealed as performance variant

July 20, 2017

The flagship version of the 2018 Holden Commodore, which will be imported from Germany, has broken cover with sports styling and a V6 AWD powertrain.

The Commodore VXR will sit atop the tree, replacing the SS as the sports-flavoured flagship. Instead of a rear-wheel drive, 304kW V8 muscle car, the VXR is powered by a 3.6-litre V6 with 235kW and 381Nm, channeled through a nine-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system featuring a ‘Twinster’ rear differential. Holden has previously promised a 0-100km/h time of ‘less than 6.0 seconds.’

PerformanceDrive was the first Australian media outlet to bring you pictures of the uncovered Commodore VXR in April, in the form of the equivalent Buick version to go on sale in China.

Other features include continuous damping control (CDC), Brembo front brakes and switchable driving modes. It also comes with a unique aero kit compared with any other Insignia-based Commodore, and some 20-inch alloy wheels.

The VXR has benefited from a local development program at Holden’s Lang Lang proving ground. Here is a list of specification highlights for the VXR, which goes on sale in February, 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

Mitchell was a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.