Holden Signals VF Commodore Performance Intent with Striking New Sport
Luxury Show Car
Holden has taken the wraps off its stunning new performance sedan show
car ahead of the VF Commodore's international debut as the Chevrolet
SS Sports Sedan in the USA this weekend.
Unveiled as a precursor to the new VF Commodore sport luxury range,
the new VF SS V show car applies a serious performance edge to the
luxury hero concept Holden previewed in the VF Calais V earlier this
The new VF Commodore will introduce a range of technology firsts for
an Australian car, including Reverse Traffic Alert, Head-up Display,
Blind Spot Alert, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and
Auto Park Assist when it arrives in Australian showrooms mid-year.
The VF Commodore sport luxury range is more refined than any car
previously produced by Holden, embodying the same design
sophistication, premium appointments and attention to detail as the
Calais V luxury sport concept.
The SS V has a mature, new aerodynamic exterior design, which has been
finished in eye-catching custom Fantale orange metallic paint
specially created by Holden for the show car.
Inside, the SS V benefits from a sleek, new interior design layered
with up-scale finishes of suede, galvano chrome, gloss black and
perforated leather with accent stitching. The result is a
premium-grade cabin detailed with motorsport-inspired touches
including carbon fibre look cross-car applique, stitched leather
instrument binnacle and sports profile leather steering wheel.
Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mike Devereux said the new VF SS
V show car is a class above any performance vehicle ever created by
"When it came to our sport luxury range, we wanted to create an
Australian performance car that would be at home just about anywhere
in the world," he said.
"VF Commodore's pure driving enjoyment and advanced technology
are good enough to seriously challenge any large performance sedan on
"We've also packaged VF's performance and technology in a stylish
and sophisticated design that will be right at home on any street from
George Street, Sydney to 5th Avenue, New York City.
"And this will become reality when Mark Reuss President of
General Motors North America, unveils the VF Commodore as their
top-of-the-range Chevrolet sports sedan at the world-famous Daytona
International Speedway in Florida tomorrow."
VF SS V Show Car Exterior
True to tradition, the SS V-Series show car is designed for maximum
The performance show car is a custom-finished, 'amped up' pointer to
the VF sports range, to be launched mid-2013. It's muscular design is
enhanced with a bespoke paint job in brilliant metallic orange,
contrasted against glossy black multi-spoke wheels.
Striking exterior treatment aside, the preview gives prospective
buyers an idea of what to expect when Holden's VF sport luxury range
makes its showroom debut.
Under spotlights, the show car's glowing finish emphasises the more
sculpted, layered surfacing and bolder graphics that give the VF SS
V-Series Commodore a powerfully different sports design character and
complement its classic rear drive performance car proportion.
Peter Hughes, Holden's Design Manager, Exteriors, said the creative
team relished the task of preparing a hero show car version of the
upcoming VF SS V-Series Commodore sedan.
"We wanted to put something out there that made a bit of an
impact," he said.
"The design was an exercise in exploring future options and
gauging buyer reactions. We may get some polarised opinions, but
that's all part of the process of experimenting with different ideas
and anticipating market trends.
"The surfacing of the new VF is inherently more flamboyant and
contemporary. And the fresh front and rear end sports graphics on the
SS V in particular are really vibrant and distinctive.
"Factor in all the things we know and love about the Commodore
its great stance, silhouette and proportion and we had a great
canvas to work with.
"The SS V show car isn't too far removed from the final design
intent we've just amped it up a little.
Holden Designer Manager, Colour and Trim, Kirsty Lindsay, said the
team developed a unique paint colour and finishes to complement the SS
V's sleek exterior design and set it apart from the luxury
sport-themed Calais V.
"The gloss black paint on the hand-machined double five-spoke
wheels is a custom finish, while the cool gunmetal chrome detailing on
the front fascia and the vertical fender vents is less overt, more in
tune with this car's luxury persona," she said.
"With the fusion of gloss black elements, the gunmetal chrome and
that sensational orange metallic finish, we wanted to blur the
boundary between luxury sports tourer and dramatic sports
VF SS V Show Car Interior
The show car's impressive cabin layout is the real deal entirely new
and close to mainstream VF SS V production design intent.
The theme is well-appointed sport luxury: dark-toned, subtle and
sophisticated. The feel is first class. This is a carefully considered
ergonomic design, defined by the use of high-quality materials,
careful tailoring, craftsmanship and comfort.
Nothing has escaped attention from the instrument panel and centre
console with its advanced infotainment graphic interface to the
motorsport-inspired steering wheel, the switches, the shifter and the
new electric park brake.
Bolstered sports-profile seats are tailored in soft, jet-black leather
and suede with perforated leather inserts and contrast stitching.
There are reflective accents in galvano chrome and gloss black; new
instrument graphics gleam in deep-cowled cluster housings beneath a
stitched leather binnacle.
Sharon Gauci, Holden's Chief Designer, Colour and Trim, says the
design philosophy behind the VF SS V-Series sport luxury interior
represents a departure from previous models.
"It's evolved from a bold approach into something more in tune
with the sophisticated technological nature of this car," she
"The sport interior retains all the classic sports cues but pays
tribute to Holden's performance heritage in a more understated way.
"We took a jet black background palette and enlivened it with
silky chrome highlights and tactile, soft-textured materials.
"There's real cohesion between decorative elements such as the
deck and twin needle accent stitching that's repeated on the seats,
the doors and the instrument panel.
"The sports DNA may be more subtle, but it's apparent everywhere
around you from the central accent stripe on the seats to the
perforated leather inserts, the carbon fibre look cross-car applique,
the SS-V Series embroidered ID on the instrument panel, alloy-faced
pedals and the traditional red-lit graphic displays".
SS V-Series show car exterior feature highlights:
- Custom Kandy 'Fantale' metallic paint finish
- Twin five-spoke 20-inch wheels, hand-machined in billet aluminium,
custom finished in gloss black
- Front Brembo brake calipers finished in gloss silver
- Wide, dominant front fascia features traditional sports grille and a
prominent lower air intake, both laced in custom gunmetal chrome
Sculpted, jewelled halogen projector headlamps with black bezels curve
into prominent front fenders, flared, aero-modified wheel arches
- Muscular lower fascia incorporates LED daylight running lamps and
black bezel fog lamps, custom gunmetal chrome accents, outboard
extensions integrated into sharp sports rockers
- Prominent VF aluminium hood with centre crease emphasises
performance potential; two raking spears sweep from the A-pillars
- Low, wide VF rear sports fascia streamlined graphics with
integrated tail lamps, aluminium decklid, body-colour bib spoiler,
custom gloss black finish sports valance incorporating licence plate
and quad V8 exhausts
- In profile, vertical fender vents and window surrounds are finished
in custom gunmetal chrome
SS V-Series show car interior feature highlights:
- All-new instrument panel with integrated centre stack combines
high-resolution Holden MyLink infotainment system with 8-inch touch
screen, climate and other controls
- Ergonomically advanced design relocates controls to more convenient
positions, introduces console-mounted electric park brake control
- Cowled, angled instrument dials flank a LCD Driver Information
Display screen with colour graphics
- All-new seat structures combine sports back and high-bolstered side
- High-quality, layered finishes in smooth soft-feel leather and suede
with perforated leather inserts are accented by contrast twin-needle
and deck stitching
- Sports profile leather wrap steering wheel design is
- Ice blue ambient lighting illuminates lower centre console and door
- Extra large dual cupholders can accommodate a wide range of
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