Holden Commodore VT

Holden launched the completely Australian-designed Commodore VT line in August of 1997. Longer and wider than all previous models and with a longer wheelbase, it was the third of the new-body cars in the Commodore series.. Almost all the models offered in this line had larger brake discs, along with a newly-designed handbrake. The VT range was initially confined to wagons and short wheel-based sedans. The Utility, Statesman, and Caprice models were retained in the Commodore VS line only. The production of the Holden VT lasted until 1998.

Design features of the Holden VT

Occupant safety and comfort were the top priorities for the Holden VT, as was the unique option of three engines. These Holden-designed engines included refined cylinder heads, camshafts, air intake and pistons etc., which were mainly geared to increase car efficiency. No wonder Australians liked this wonderful option.

The Holden VT line was truly luxurious, as it included many features such as a four-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel with height and reach adjustment, variable intermittent road speed sensitive wipers, electronic cruise control, a 12-function trip computer, electronic seat adjustment operation, keyless entry, and electronic climate control.

With all these features, it was obvious that the Commodore VT’s performance the, even while fully loaded, was good. The stronger body of the Holden VT offered structural rigidity which controlled road noise and vibrations and offered a very pleasant ride.

The VT line became one of the safest and most family-oriented Australian cars with its multitude of standard features and its spacious interior. Air bags, webbing clamps for the front seat belts, wider front and rear wheel tracks, and a new braking system ensured that there was something for everyone!

The VT Series II replaced the Holden 5.0L V8 and six-speed manual gearbox with a five-speed V8 transmission. The VT II Calais introduced a new instrument panel and featured the supercharged V6 engine as standard. Cruise control was also made optional on all models equipped with manual transmission, while other exterior changes were introduced in VT II series.

 

Engines

  • 3.8 L ECOTEC V6 – 147 kW
  • 3.8 L Supercharged ECOTEC V6 – 171 kW
  • 5.0 L V8 – 179 kW
  • 5.0 L V8 – 195 kW
  • 5.7 L V8 – 220 kW

Transmissions

  • M34 five-speed Getrag manual
  • M35 five-speed Getrag manual
  • M30 four-speed 4L60-E automatic
  • MM6 six-speed Borg Warner T56 manual

Model Range
  • Commodore Executive sedan
  • Commodore Acclaim sedan
  • Commodore 50th Ann. sedan
  • Commodore S sedan
  • Commodore SS sedan
  • Berlina sedan
  • Calais sedan
  • Commodore Executive wagon
  • Commodore Acclaim wagon
  • Commodore 50th Ann. wagon
  • Berlina wagon

Steering

  • Type
    • Variable ratio rack & pinion
    • Variable power assist
  • Turning circle
  • Sedan: 11.0m
  • Wagon: 11.5m

 

  • Turns lock to lock: 2.8

Dimensions (mm)

 

 

 

Sedan

Wagon

Wheelbase

2788

2938

Front track

1569

1569

Rear track

1587

1587

Overall length

4882

5040

Overall width (mirrors)

1842

1847

Overall height

1450

1545

Leg room (Front)

1072

1072

Leg room (Rear)

992

992

Shoulder room

1518

1518

Head room (Front)

988

1002

Head room (Rear)

968

1069

Hip room (Front)

1516

1516

Hip room (Rear)

1516

1516

Cargo volume (L)

475

2683


Fuel Tank

  • Petrol Tank Capacity: 75L
  • LPG Tank Capacity: 60L

 

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