VT Holden Commodore
Rated Number (2)
Classic Holden Cars TOP TEN
Total Built 303,895
This was a totally new and major advancement for Holden. The all Australian result of a multi-million dollar investment in design and engineering development and new manufacturing facilities. It is characterised by striking new exterior styling, high equipment levels across the range, class-leading vehicle dynamics and significant strides in safety performance. The largest Commodore yet, with a substantially stronger new body structure, wider track and longer wheelbase. Safety initiatives include computer-designed, crash energy-absorbing body structures, optimised restraint systems with driver airbags standard, pyrotechnic buckle pre-tensioners and anti-submarining ramps. All-new brakes, traction control, re-tuned suspension with state-of-the-art hydraulic tension rod bush. High-tech electronics include Calais personal
PowerKey system, automatic headlights on and dual zone climate control. Engines: lower-emission ECOTEC V6, Supercharged V6, upgraded, more more refined and efficient V8.
The basis for the car was the 1995 Opel Omega GM2800 platform, it being redesigned to suit, in turn making the Commodore both wider and longer, and more importantly significantly stronger.
The VT afforded more front and rear leg room, more shoulder room, and the boot capacity was increased by a whopping 26%. Most noticed of the improvements was the VT Series II, which saw the introduction of the Chevrolet Gen III LS1 5.7 litre V8, producing 220kW and 446Nm. This engine replaced the ageing Holden 5.0 litre V8. Changes were not confined to the engine bay, as a six-speed manual gearbox replaced the five-speed (on the V8).
The VT II Calais received a new instrument panel, and could be optioned to have a supercharged V6 engine. All models featured remote central locking.
Holden Commodore VT
1997 – 2000
Engine: 6 cyl. & V8
Capacity: 3.8 litre ECOTEC EFI V6; 3.8 litre Supercharged V6 & 5.0 V8 EFI
Power: 147kW (V6); 171kW (Supercharged) & 220kW (V8)
Transmission: 5 spd. Getrag man & 4 spd. Turbohydramatic
Base Price on introduction