Holden Commodore VP

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Holden Commodore VP

1991 - 1993
6 cyl. & V8
3.8 liter EFI V6; 5.0 V8 EFI
127kW (V6) & 165kW (V8)
5 spd. man / 4 speed Turbohydramatic 700
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The VP was always going to be a face-lifted VN, however there were considerable and detailed improvements made over the latter model. Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) was introduced, fitted as standard equipment on the Calais and Commodore SS and optional across the range, the system being adapted from the long wheelbase VQ.

On the exterior the Holden engineers kept changes to a minimum, the futuristic looking clear acrylic cover running across the length and at the top of the grille of the Executive model always being contentious (others models used a color coded version).

The front blinker lenses were squared off, and the tail lights enhanced. The bumpers also came in for a makeover, now both wider and stronger than the VN.

A security system was also standard on all models, featuring an automatic ignition disable, ECM disable and door key activated deadlocks (operating three minutes after the ignition was turned off).

Power windows became standard fitment, although the Executive and Berlina would still have winders for the rear windows.

The Calais was fitted with road speed sensitive power steering, adjusting automatically via an electronic management system to vary the level of power assistance according to the road speed.

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) was introduced in August 1992, and was an option on cars fitted with a V8 and IRS, then on the Series II it was available as an option on all models.

The VP SS Commodore featured limited slip differential and 15x7 alloys, along with a sports tuned suspension and gas-pressurized rear shockers. The SS inherited the Calais seats, although a blue trim material was used to provide a sportier look. The series II arrived in January 1993, among the improvements was a color-coded front panel now fitted to the Executive, upgraded specs on all models and alloy wheels for the Commodore S.

The Statesman and Caprice were not given a new model designation for the VP range, rather they simply became the VQ Series II. Bother iterations were introduced a month after the VP Commodore sedans, and featured high tech anti lock brakes – a first for Holden.

While the V8 remained standard on the Caprice, you could now choose either V6 or V8 for the Statesman, the smaller capacity engine helping put the long-wheelbase Holden within reach of many devotees. For the more sporting minded, both the Statesman and Caprice could be optioned with a HSV improved 180kW V8. A VP Commodore driven by Larry Perkins and Gregg Hansford would win Bathurst in 1993.

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HSV Special Vehicles VP Commodore
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