Rated Number (7)
Classic Holden Cars TOP TEN
Expanded to include a new SV8 sports sedan, the VY series set a strong new styling direction with harder-edged, angular lines, a more aggressive ‘face’ and a sharper rear end which improved aerodynamic performance.
Inside, the look was also cutting edge, with a totally re-designed instrument panel, featuring a binnacle-style instrument cluster and multi-function digital displays, a new centre console and steering wheel.
Emphasising Commodore’s reputation as a true driver’s car, VY benefited from the most intensive vehicle engineering program undertaken by Holden since the development of the VT. It offered a new measure of refinement and improved drive character via significant advances in chassis dynamics, build precision, powertrain and safety performance. As an example, its new steering package delivered a precise feel through more positive feedback and improved on-centre definition.
The front and rear of the body were restyled, with new front grill and headlamps, and distinctive jewelled tail lamps. Recalibrations and shift revisions improved the performance of automatic transmissions, and V8 transmissions were also upgraded to provide greater durability. Service intervals for V6 engines were extended to 15,000 km.
The VY series introduced upgraded high feature Blaupunkt audio systems, automatic headlamps, road-speed sensitive intermittent wipers, headlamps off programmable time delay and passenger airbags across the range – and such options as Rear Park Assist on sedans and a six-stack in dash CD player (where not standard).
Holden Commodore VY
2002 – 2004
Engine: 6 cyl. & V8
Capacity: 3.8 litre ECOTEC EFI V6; 3.8 litre Supercharged V6 & 5.7 V8 EFI
Power: 152kW (V6); 171kW (Supercharged) & 235kW (V8)
Transmission: 5 spd. Getrag manual / 4 spd. Turbohydramatic
6 spd. manual on SS ute & sedan
Base Price at production $30,880
Number Built 241,909