VZ Commodore 2004-2006
The launch of the Holden VZ Commodore in August 2004 saw the introduction of the new six-cylinder Alloytec engine as a replacement for the older 3.8 litre Ecotec V6 engine. The new engine increased fuel efficiency and was designed to blend with the new upgraded 5L40-E 5-speed transmissions available on the sports and luxury models.
The base 3.6 litre 6 cylinder engine was detuned in 2006 from 175 kW (235 hp) down to 172 kW (231 hp) to meet the new Euro III emissions standards that were made effective in Australia during January 2006. The 190 kW (255 hp) V6 engine was reduced from 340 Nm down to 335 Nm as a result of further modifications that increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.
In 2006, the new L76 6.0 litre 250 kW V8 engine was introduced to the range, which was also de-tuned, with Displacement on Demand and variable valve timing being removed.
Holden VZ Commodore Models
The VZ Executive remained the base-line model variant, with the Acclaim and Berlina rising up through the mid-range ranks. The Calais was the badge-name for the top of the line sports-luxury model, but the VZ saw the introduction of the SV6 as a replacement for the previous S model. The SV8 and SS remained the badge names for the sports models of the Commodore.
The base VZ Commodore Executive models now included standard safety features that were once considered optional upgrades. These included anti-lock braking system (ABS), Brake Assist, cruise control, driver and passenger airbags, electronic brake-force distribution, independent rear suspension, security system, trip computer and steering wheel audio controls.
The single disc CD player was also available in the base models, however optional upgrades included side impact airbags, FE2 sports suspension and satellite navigation.
In December 2004, the limited edition VZ Commodore Lumina was released, offering standard features such as air conditioning, rear power windows, leather steering wheel, a 6-disc CD player, FE2 sports suspension and 17” wide-spoke alloy wheels.
Another limited edition VZ Commodore was released in April 2005 and badged as the Commodore Equipe, which was only available in five colours: Heron White (white), Quicksilver Metallic (silver), Shanghai Mica (metallic red), Martini Mica (metallic olive-gold) and Barbados Mica (metallic mid-blue).
By September 2005 the Commodore SSZ was released as a limited edition model. This was based on the sports SS model, but also included leather seats, high performance brakes, colour-coded instrument panel and 18 inch VZ Monaro wheels, Rear Park assist and Bluetooth capacity. The SSZ was released as a sedan, utility or Crewman option only.
Once again, Holden released a ‘Police Pack’ 9C1 for the VZ Commodore, which was based on the Executive model, but included various specification upgrades to suit the needs of police use.
These specification upgrades included traction control, driver’s, passenger and side airbags, FE2 sports suspension, limited slip differential, sump protector guard, larger, higher capacity battery, upgraded front brake pads and a specialised speedometer that showed speeds of 2 km/h increments marked instead of the standard 5 km/h
The VZ Commodore was available in the following specification levels:
- 9C1 Police Pack