Above: Holden VF Commodore SS-V Show Car (new VF series)
Holden's VF Commodore SS-V Show Car
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15th February, 2013
Holden has revealed its stunning new performance sedan show car ahead of
the VF Commodore’s debut as the Chevrolet SS 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 concept Holden previewed in the
VF Calais V
earlier this week.
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
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 new aerodynamic exterior design, which has been finished in eye-catching custom Fantale orange metallic
paint specially prepared 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 motor
sport-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 made by Holden.
“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 the planet.”
“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
VF SS V Show Car Exterior
True to tradition, the SS V-Series show car is designed for maximum look-at-me impact.
The performance show car is a custom-finished pointer to the VF sports range, to be launched mid-year. It’s 'muscular'
design is enhanced with a bespoke paint job in brilliant metallic orange, contrasted against glossy black multi-spoke
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 design team relished the task of preparing a 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 (mudguard - Editor)) 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 machine”.
VF SS V Show Car Interior
The show car’s cabin lay out is the real deal – entirely new and close to mainstream VF SS V production design
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
Nothing has escaped attention – from the instrument panel and centre console with its advanced infotainment graphic
interface to the motor sport-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 said.
“The sport interior retains all the classic sports cues but pays tribute to Holden’s performance heritage in a more
“We took a jet black background palette and enlivened it with silky chrome highlights and tactile, soft-textured
“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 callipers finished in gloss silver
- Wide, dominant front fascia features traditional sports grille and a prominent lower air intake, both laced in custom
- Sculpted, jewelled halogen projector headlamps with black bezels curve into prominent front mudguards, 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 bonnett with centre crease emphasises performance potential; two raking spears sweep from the
- Low, wide VF rear sports fascia – streamlined graphics with integrated tail lamps, aluminium boot lid, 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 support
- 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 motorsport-inspired
- Ice blue ambient lighting illuminates lower centre console and door pull recesses
- Extra large dual cupholders can accommodate a wide range of container sizes