The Commodore VS

As Holden continued its technological innovations, Australians came to anticipate better and better models with each new release—and in 1995 the Commodore VS was the perfect answer to their expectations. The Commodore VS line is believed to be the “facelift” of the VR line introduced earlier. The big news at the launch of the VS was its ECOTEC V6 engine. It was smaller, lighter, smoother, and more fuel-efficient than the V6 engines Holden had previously used in its cars.. This engine had new blockheads and manifolds as well as a new alloy-cast sump which provided a power boost of around 17 kW and lowered fuel consumption by around 6%. The production of the VS line lasted until 1997.

Design features of the VS

The design features of the Commodore VS were geared toward providing security and comfort, sodual airbags were made standard on the Acclaim, Calais, Statesman and Caprice, and optional on the rest of the line. The Commodore VS series was the first Australian- made car to offer a passenger's side airbag, which had a capacity of 120L.

The Commodore VS Series II

The VS Series II was introduced in July 1996, and during its latter run, a 50th anniversary limited-edition Utility was also released. Later in the same year, the Statesman, Caprice, and Utility were released in the Series III batch. The Series II VS’s V8 engine power was 168 kW. In addition, the Calais model in this series offered a supercharged V6 engine.

Limited editions of the Commodore VS line

The Commodore Equipe, introduced as a limited edition from March to April of 1996,  was available in only two colours: Silver Ice and Botanica. The Series II version of this edition became available in October 1996.

The Commodore Vacationer was also provided as a limited edition, along with the Commodore Esteem, which was launched in March 1997.

Engines

  • 3.8 L ECOTEC V6 – 147 kW
  • 3.8 L Supercharged ECOTEC V6 – 165 kW
  • 5.0 L V8 (Series I) – 168 kW
  • 5.0 L V8 (Series II) – 185 kW
  • 5.7 L HSV V8 – 215 kW

Transmissions
  • M39 five-speed Borg Warner T5 manual
  • M34 five-speed Getrag manual (series II & III V6 only)
  • M35 five-speed Getrag manual (series II & III V8 Utew Dec. 1997 only)
  • M30 four-speed 4L60-E automatic
  • MM6 six-speed Borg Warner T56 manual

Model Range

  • Commodore Executive sedan
  • Commodore Acclaim sedan
  • Commodore Equipe sedan
  • Commodore Vacationer sedan
    Commodore Esteem sedan
  • Commodore S sedan
  • Commodore SS sedan
  • Berlina sedan
  • Calais sedan
  • Commodore Ute
  • Commodore 50th Ann. Ute
  • Commodore S Ute
  • Commodore SS Ute.
  • Commodore Executive wagon
  • Commodore Acclaim wagon
  • Commodore Equipe wagon
  • Commodore Vacationer wagon
  • Commodore Esteem wagon
  • Berlina wagon

Steering

  • Type
  • Variable power-assisted
  • Variable ratio rack and pinion
  • Turns lock to lock: 2.7
  • Turning circle (m)
  • Sedan: 11.0
  • Wagon: 11.1
  • Utility: 11.0

Dimensions:

 

 

 

 

Sedan

Wagon

Ute

Wheelbase

2731

2822

2822

Front track

1491

1491

1491

Rear track

1491

1478

1478

Overall length

4861

4903

4896

Overall width (mirrors)

1794

1794

1794

Overall height

1403

1422

1510

Ground clearance

143

143

 


Fuel Tank

  • V6 Sedan: 59L
  • V8 Sedan: 73L
  • Wagon: 68L
  • Ute: 64L

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