Holden VL Commodore Specifications

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Date of Introduction:

February 1986

Model Line-Up:

Commodore SL sedan

Commodore SL station wagon

Commodore Berlina sedan

Commodore Berlina station wagon

Commodore SS sedan

Calais sedan

Calais station wagon

Stock Holden VL Commodore

Engines with Specifications:

3.0 inline 6

Type: Conventional, watercooled, four stroke, reciprocating piston type

Capacity: 2.962 litres (181 cubic inches)

Number of cylinders: Six

Configuration: Front mounted, longitudal, inline

Head design: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder

Fuel system: Electronic fuel-injection

Bore and stroke: 86 x 85mm (3.39 x 3.35 inches)

Power output: 114kW (153bhp) at 5200 rpm

Torque: 247Nm (182lbs/ft) at 3600rpm

Compression ratio 9.0:1

3.0 Turbo inline 6

Type: Conventional, watercooled, four stroke, reciprocating piston type

Capacity: 2.962 litres (181 cubic inches)

Number of cylinders: Six

Configuration: Front mounted, longitudal, inline

Head design: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder

Fuel system: Electronic fuel-injection

Bore and stroke: 86 x 85mm (3.39 x 3.35 inches)

Power output: 150kW (1201bhp) at 5600 rpm

Torque: 296Nm (182lbs/ft) at 3200rpm

Compression ratio 7.8:1

5.0 V8

Type: Conventional, watercooled, four-stroke, reciprocating piston type

Capacity: 4.987 litres (304 cubic inches)

Number of cylinders: Eight

Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal with cylinders arranged in a vee

Head design: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder

Fuel system: One four barrel carburettor

Bore and stroke: 101.6 x 76.8mm (4.00 x 3.02 inches)

Power output: 122kW (164hp) at 4400rpm

Torque: 323Nm (238lbs/ft) at 3200rpm

Compression ratio: 8.5:1

Transmissions (with Ratios):

Type: Five-speed manual gearbox

1st: 3.32:1

2nd: 1.902:1

3rd: 1.308:1

4th: 1.00:1

5th: 0.759:1

Reverse: 3.382:1

Type: Five-speed heavy-duty manual gearbox (for turbo)

1st: 3.580:1

2nd: 2.077:1

3rd: 1.350:1

4th: 1.00:1

5th: 0.760:1

Reverse: 2.18:1

Type: Four-speed heavy-duty automatic transmission (for turbo)

1st: 2.45:1

2nd: 1.45:1

3rd: 1.00:1

4th: 0.68:1

Reverse: 2.18:1

Type: Three-speed Trimatic automatic transmission (for V8)

1st: 2.31:1

2nd: 1.46:1

3rd:1.00:1

Reverse: 1.85:1

Rear Axle Ratios:

3.0 i6: 3.45:1

Turbo: 3.45:1

V8: 3.08:1

Engine/ Transmission Combinations:

SL

Engine: 3-litre Powertech i6/ Transmission: Five-speed manual

Optional:

Engine: 3-litre Powertech i6 Turbo, 5-litre V8

Transmission: Four-speed automatic, three-speed automatic (V8)

Executive

Engine: 3-litre Powertech i6/ Transmission: Five-speed manual

Optional:

Engine: 3-litre Powertech i6 Turbo, 5-litre V8

Transmission: Four-speed automatic, three-speed automatic (V8)

Berlina

Engine: 3-litre Powertech i6/ Transmission: Four-speed automatic

Optional:

Engine: 3-litre Powertech i6 Turbo, 5-litre V8

Transmission: Five-speed manual, three-speed automatic (V8)

Calais

Engine: 3-litre Powertech i6/ Transmission: Four-speed automatic

Optional:

Engine: 3-litre Powertech i6 Turbo, 5-litre V8

Transmission: Five-speed manual, three-speed automatic (V8)

Chassis/ Construction:

Unitary construction (Monocoque)

Clutch:

Single, dry plate

Suspension:

Front: MacPherson struts, progressive rate coil springs, wet sleeve dampers, stabiliser bar.

Rear (with axle type): Live axle. Hypoid differential on six cylinder, Salisbury differential on V8. Trailing arm with 5-link location, panhard rod, progressive rate coil springs, double-acting dampers and stabiliser bar.

Steering:

Variable ratio rack and pinion. Power assistance on all models except SL.

Brakes:

Front: 271mm discs

Rear: 230mm drums, 277mm discs

Electrical:

12 volt negative ground. Battery i6: 75 min/235 amperes, V8 90 min/450 amperes

Ignition System:

I6: Electronic ignition, V8 Breakerless high energy electronic ignition system.

Exhaust System:

New exhaust system incorporating catalytic converter.

Wheels:

SL, Executive, Berlina Powertech i6: 14 x 6.00JJ Steel,

SL, Executive, Berlina Powertech i6 turbo: 15 x 6.00JJ steel

Calais: 15 x 6.00JJ styled cast alloy wheels.

Tyres:

SL, Executive, Berlina Powertech i6: P185/75 HR 14 steel belted radials

SL, Executive, Berlina Powertech i6 turbo and Calais: P205/65 HR 15-SL low profile tyres.

Seating:

Front: Full foam contoured reclining bucket seats with non adjustable head restraints.

Rear: Full foam contoured bench seats.

Trim: SL/ Executive: Cloth, Berlina: Woven fabric, Calais: Plush velour.

Interior Dimensions:

Front leg room: 1040mm (40.91 inches)

Rear leg room: 920mm (36.22 inches)

Front headroom: 972mm (38.27)

Rear headroom: 945mm (37.20 inches)

Front shoulder room: 1437mm (56.57 inches)

Rear shoulder room: 1428mm (56.22 inches)

Exterior Dimensions

Total length: 4766mm (187.64 inches)

Total width: 1722mm (67.80 inches)

Total height at kerb weight: 1367.5mm (53.84 inches) SL, Executive; 1363mm (53.66 inches)

Wheelbase: 2668mm (105 inches)

Front track: 1451mm (57.13 inches)

Rear track: 1433mm (56.42 inches)

Kerb Weight: 1250kg (2756lb) SL; 1280kg (2822lb) Executive; 1290kg (2844lb) Berlina; 1350kg (2976lb) Calais

Turning circle: 10.2 meters non power steering, 10.7meters power steering

Fuel tank capacity: 63 litres

Prices at Time of Introduction:

$13 830 (SL six-cylinder manual sedan)

$15 150 (Executive six-cylinder automatic sedan)

$18 381 (SL six-cylinder turbo manual sedan)

$23 540 (Calais automatic sedan)

$42 250 (1988 HSV Groups A)

Total number built:

151 801 including 500 1986 HDT Holden Commodore VL SS Group A’s, 750 1988 Group A’s and various other HSV and HDT models.

Identification Information:

Substantial reworking of previous Commodore bofy shell with new lowered front-end bodywork featuring wide slim headlights and a small louvred grille; Calais has transparent grille and semi concealed headlights; all models have integral plastic front bumper/ spoiler/ air intake and raised lip at the rear of the bootlid.

 

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