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The revised VF SS-V version of the Commodore is a better compromise than before
30 May 2013
AUSSIES love a V8: there’s something about the low rumble and the lazy highway loping that seems to suit our wide, brown land.
Holden’s V8-engined Commodore is one constant on that landscape.
The large family car fare has featured a succession of big-bore engines that are as happy to contest the daily commute as they are to punt around a series of tight, twisting corners.
Holden may have made a little mistake with the previous V8, sold as both the down-market SS and the more richly equipped SS-V, in that the manual versions were a bit too much a driver’s car, and a strain to live with day-to-day.
Bighted by a heavy clutch pedal and brakes that didn’t ever feel quite up to the job, the SS-V needed a degree of compromise as part of the ownership experience.
The good thing about the VF update is the SS-V is now even more of a driver’s car, yet happier in the urban environment than it has ever been in the past.
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Model release date: 1 May 2013 to 1 August 2015
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