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GM’s Australian brand Holden has pulled the wraps of its latest Commodore range called the VFII series. Certain variants receive a more powerful engine coupled with a louder exhaust system while the entire range gets front and rear tweaks alongside a few other key updates.

Most notable is the new LS3 6.2 litre V8 engine in all V8 models replacing the 6.0 litre units. The LS3 makes 407 hp and 507 Nm of torque, which allows the big sedan to run from 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds. Underneath, it receives a bi-modal exhaust with a “Baillie Tip” and a mechanical sound enhancer to amplify its V8 soundtrack.

The VFII series starts off with the Commodore Evoke; it retains the 3.0 litre V6 that with 248 hp/290 Nm. The SV6’s 281 hp/350 Nm 3.6 litre V6 engine is also retained in this variant, although it receives a new face and grille, passive entry and start as well as 18-inch alloys.

The high performance V8-powered SS gets all the SV6 updates, but with an added option for performance brakes. The SSV variant also gets the brake option alongside a vented hood, 19-inch alloys and a colour heads-up display. The range-topping SSV Redline boasts a ventilated hood, rear Brembo brakes and 20-inch forged wheels as an option. Clear lens tail lamps for the Sedan and LED tail lamps for the Sportwagon.

Elsewhere, the luxury Calais variant is also powered by the current 3.6 litre V6 engine (as in the SV6) and comes with heated eight-way front seats with memory, 18-inch wheels and new decklid lettering. The Calais V receives the LS3 V8 engine, 19-inch alloy wheels and a limited slip differential as well as the performance brake option.

Rounding up the large Commodore family is the long-bodied Caprice V. The mega-sized Holden gets the new LS3 V8 alongside aesthetic updates which include a lip spoiler, 19-inch alloys, single exhaust tips and performance brakes as an option.

The latest VFII range was developed at Holden’s Lang Lang grounds and features a revised FE3 rear sports suspension setup which is said to have retained its sharp handling alongside better ride comfort.

After 37 years, the VFII series will be the last of the Australian-built Commodores. It will go on sale Down Under in October from $35,490 (RM109,085).