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Car reviews - Holden - Commodore - S Supercharged sedan

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22 Mar 2001

Lower front bumper now has a three-port opening Teardrop headlamp with clear polycarbonate lens is another VX identifier

New tail lamps also have clear lenses and the central décor panel is now body coloured

Three-point seatbelts are provided for all five passengers, however rear seat head restraints are not included

The Acclaim's front cloth seats with velour inserts are huge, highly supportive and positioned low

The driver seat has power-operated height adjustment including front and rear cushion tilt is manual

For easy use, most instruments are tilted at five degrees towards the driver

A service reminder will appear 1000km before the next service is due

All radios from Executive to Calais are double DIN size for superior ergonomics - large, clear buttons with a clean, logical layout

All models receive an AM/FM radio-cassette with electronic tune, separate bass and treble control and automatic program search

Cruise control is operated from the indicator stalk and can be fussy

Electric windows are standard and controls are located on centre console

The steering column adjusts for reach as well as height

All sedan models have an electric boot release, located inside the glovebox. The wagons have a remote tailgate lock/unlock

The heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system is unchanged from the VX Commodore, which improved airflow by 15 per cent over VS

Larger diameter rear ducts improved airflow to rear seat occupants by 30 per cent over VS

Holden has offered the Philips CARiN satellite navigation system across all Commodore models since March, 1999

The system covers all mainland capitals, covering close to 100,000km of bitumen

The S rides on 7x16-inch alloy wheels shod with 225/50R16 tyres A major flaw in the Commodore's interior package is the rear seat does not split-fold - instead, the designers carved the world's biggest ski-port

Luggage volume is 475 litres

There is now no key for the boot

Remote boot release located on the key fob and in the glovebox

Commodore is the only locally built car to offer side airbags

A driver's airbag is standard across the range

Anti-lock brakes are standard across the range

Executive and S are the only models to miss out on a passenger airbag

All models have remote central deadlocking activated via the remote keypad The supercharged 3.8-litre V6 engine is essentially the same unit introduced in the VSII Statesman in October, 1996

It generates 171kW at 5200rpm and 375Nm at 3000rpm

Semi-trailing arm independent rear suspension is standard across the range, including wagon

Holden claims the hydraulic tension rod bush on the front suspension is a first for an Australian-built car

The supercharged S comes only with a four-speed automatic transmission

Commodore has four-wheel disc brakes across the range

Aluminium twin piston front callipers use similar design to American Corvette sports car

Standard anti-lock brakes are by Bosch's 5.3 four-channel system

Rack ratio was decreased to 46 to 67mm/rev (VS was 50 to 58mm/rev), and combined with a longer steering arm slowed the overall on-centre ratio by five per cent over VS

Steering column is stiffer in VX over VS for improved noise and vibration characteristics

Turns lock-to-lock measure 2.75

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All Commodores now have steering wheel stereo controls, which include mode, volume, search and mute

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