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2016 Holden Commodore SS Series II to get updated looks and new engine

July 27, 2015

The 2016 Commodore SS Series II will be getting an engine upgrade that will be based on the 6.2 litre LS3 V8 that is being offered in the HSV Range currently. The new engine, called the L99, along with minor changes to the front and interiors, will round up the updates on the new Commodore SS Series II.

According to a report by CarAdvice, the new 6.2 litre V8 engine dubbed the L99 will produce 304 kW (407.6 hp) of power at 5,900 rpm when paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The same engine is also offered on the Chevrolet SS in the U.S. which puts out a slightly higher 310 kW (415.7 hp). The L99 will replace the current L98 6.2 litre V8 engine that produced 260 kW (348.6 hp) and 517 Nm of torque.

The new L99 engine offers efficiency enhancing technology featuring the E85 flex fuel compatibility and active fuel management, which can shut off up to four cylinders under light engine loads to enhance economy. The L99 engine also features camshaft phasing technology, whereby the angle of the camshaft can be rotated forward or backward.

Holden will also update the Commodore with styling changes limited to the front fascia, headlights and interiors. Also rumoured is a new front composite bonnet design with SS gills seen on the spy photographs that have surfaced.

The Commodore SS series II could also get features like the rotary drive mode selector and sportier wraparound seats with seat cooling, from the Chevrolet SS sold in the U.S. which are not offered on the current model.

Holden has refrained from providing any comments on the Commodore Series II, but has previously maintained that the company will continue to keep the vehicle relevant until its planned end of production in 2017.

[Source – CarAdvice]

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