VS Commodore 1995-1997
The Holden VS Commodore was released in 1995 as the mechanical update of the VR model. While the physical exterior changes were minimal from its predecessor, the introduction of the Ecotec V6 engine (Emissions and Consumption Optimisation through Technology) warranted the new model release.
Perhaps the only real physical changes were the elliptical side turn indicator signals on the side panels, although there were minor adjustments to the Holden badges and placements on the vehicle. The wheels trims were also slightly modified.
The VS Commodore was also the first Australian-made car to offer passenger-side safety air bags.
Along with the new Ecotec engine, new block-heads and manifolds, plus an alloy-cast sump offered the VS an increased power boost of around 17 kW (23 hp), which represented around 13% more power than the previous VR 3.8 litre V6 engine, as well as reduced fuel consumption by around 6%. The compression ratio was also increased from 9:0:1 up to 9:4:1, which was an improvement on earlier models.
The increased safety features, decreased fuel consumption and increased engine efficiency made the VS a very popular model of the Commodore range.
The new engine was matched up to a modified version of the GM 4L60E automatic transmission, which improved the throttle response and made gear changes noticeably smoother.
During 1996, the Series II VS Commodore released a new super-charged V6 engine for certain models only. This new engine was designed to slot in between the existing 3.8 litre V6 engine and the 5.0 litre V8 engine. The super-charged V6 was rated at 165 kW (221 hp), which was only 3 kW below the V8 engine.
The Series II VS Commodore release also saw a limited edition release of the 50th anniversary utility, as well as a limited edition VS station wagon that included a manual gearbox. Numbers were limited to 300 of the station wagon limited edition model.
Holden VS Commodore Models
The VS Commodore was released as a base model Executive, with the Acclaim being a notch above the base variant. During March 1996, the VS Commodore Equipe was released as a limited edition model and was only made available in Silver Ice or Botanica colours. The same limited edition Equipe was again released during October 1996.
Throughout March 1997, the VS Commodore Vacationer was then released as a limited edition Commodore Esteem.
The VS Calais model offered the super-charged L67 V6 engine, which had a power output of 165 kW, while the regular 3.8 litre V6 Ecotec engine was rated at 147 kW.
The 5.0 litre V8 offered as optional in the Series I VS Commodore was rated at 168 kW, however the Series II 5.0 litre V8 engine had an output closer to 185 kW.
Towards the end of 1996, Holden released VS versions of the Stateman, Caprice and Utility in the Series III batch of models. These luxury models offered the option of a massive 5.7 litre V8 engine with a massive 215 kW power output.
The VS Commodore was available in the following specification levels:
- BT1 Police Pack