VK Commodore

Produced the following years:
1984 1985 1986

VK Commodore 1984-1986

White VK Commodore

The Holden VK Commodore was released in March 1984 and offered significant physical changes to the style and also improvements to the mechanical specifications. The revised version of the Commodore helped to revive flagging sales of the previous model.

Even though Holden had increased the level of technology available within the VK model, the lower price became a major selling point. The base line Executive model also included far more standard inclusions and technological inclusions than previous models.

The range of engines was also reduced, with Holden deciding to not continue with the 2.85 litre straight-six cylinder engine or the 4.2 litre V8 engine for the VK model. The 1.9 litre 4 cylinder engine was also further limited to only being released in New Zealand.

Physically, the introduction of a 6 window style gave the VK Commodore a bigger, wider feel and made the car seem longer and lower as compared to the 4-window styling of previous models. The front grille was also redesigned to become a part of the polypropylene bumper. The side mouldings were also made from polypropylene, which lent the car a sporty feel.

Holden VK Commodore Range

The lettering system used to determine low-, mid- and top-line models was replaced for the VK Commodore and replaced with a naming system. This saw the SL model renamed as an Executive, the mid-range line renamed to become the Berlina, and the top of the line SL/E model renamed to become the Calais.

The VK Calais was also launched as being equipped with the Australian-made digital/analogue electronic instrument panel. It was reported that this instrument panel was allegedly the most advanced of its type anywhere in the world at that point in time.

Holden VK Engine Range

The Blue 3.3 litre straight-six cylinder engines from previous models had been replaced by the new Black specification, which included computer-controlled ignition systems on the carburettor versions of some cars. This engine also offered an optional electronic fuel injection system, which was created from locally developed technology. The electronic fuel injection system could boost power output from 83 kW up to 106 kW (142 hp). This increase in power was achieved without any loss of fuel economy and efficiency, which proved to be very popular with buyers.

While the powerful 5.0 litre engine remained as an option for the Calais and the Berline models, the size was reduced from the original 5044cc down to 4987cc in 1985. This was to remain in line with the new Group A racing homologation rules and models were also fitted with upgraded braking systems.

This reduction in size did not equate to a reduction in power though. The previous 5.0 litre V8 engine had a power output of 121 kW, while the 4.9 litre V8 on the carburettor style had an output of 122 kW.

However, the 4.9 litre V8 engine with the optional electronic fuel injection system had an output of 196 kW and a maximum torque of 419 Nm @ 3500 rpm.

Specification Levels

The VK Commodore was available in the following specification levels:
- Commodore
- Berlina
- BT1 Police Pack
- Calais
- Executive
- SL
- SS
- Vacationer