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Old 04-08-2004, 20:18   #1 (permalink)
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Buick Velite gives glimpse of Commodore VE

The Velite is the first American demonstration of GMs Zeta global vehicle architecture designed by Holden it is the same platform that will be used in the VE commodore.

some interesting points in the car is the 300kw twin turbo 3.6L HFV6, could this be an engine holden/hsv will use to compete with fords I6 turbo. And the new Hydra-Matic 6-speed automatic which i think is a given for the VE.

SPECS
Powertrain
Engine:
3.6L twin-turbo 60-degree V-6

Turbo
air-to-air Intercooler

Technologies
variable valve timing, variable intake manifold, 2-step variable valve actuation

Engine displacement (cu. in / cc):
219 / 3600

Horsepower maximum (hp / kw):
400 / 297 @ 6200rpm

Torque maximum (lb.-ft. / Nm):
400 / 542 @ 3200rpm

Transmission:
Hydra-Matic 6L80-E 6-speed automatic

Body/chassis structure:
body frame integral

Body material:
stamped steel

Chassis material:
aluminum / steel

Suspension

Front:
high arm SLA

Rear:
five link

Wheels:
20-in chrome front

21-in chrome rear

Tire size

Front:
P265/40 R20

Rear:
P265/40 R21

Tire manufacturer:
Pirelli

Brakes:
four wheel disc w/ABS

Dimensions

Height (in / mm):
52 / 1318

Length (in / mm):
186 / 4716

Width (in / mm):
75.6 / 1921.5

Wheelbase (in / mm):
114.7 / 2915

Track

Front (in / mm):
65 / 1651

Rear (in / mm):
66 / 1676

Weight (lbs / kg): (estimated)
3450 / 1565

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Old 04-08-2004, 20:44   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Buick Velite gives glimpse of Commodore VE

Thanks for that corbz. I would be very supprised persoanlly If Holden don't use a twin-turbo V6 sometime along the track. It wont happen straight away, but I predict beofre the decades out that Holden will have a "Commodore S Twin-Turbo" and a HSV of some kind with a boosted TT V6 to take on the XR6 Turbo and the F6 Typhoon.
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Re: Buick Velite gives glimpse of Commodore VE

well its an ugly POS
but the specs certainly sound interesting, i doubt holden would come out all guns firing with a 300kw TT V6 in a commodore, interesting to see the torque figures are not at all impressive compared to what the I6T is already producing..

just a matter of time before we see what we're up against i spose :)
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Re: Buick Velite gives glimpse of Commodore VE

Yuk..
Seems Steve Parks designed the grill (read: AU1 forte)
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Re: Buick Velite gives glimpse of Commodore VE

For F#$K sake, I'd rather look at that than any boring bloody Falcon. There is nothing wrong with it - it looks fresh and more importantly it doesn't look like a ****ing box.

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Old 04-09-2004, 03:46   #7 (permalink)
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For F#$K sake, I'd rather look at that than any boring bloody Falcon. There is nothing wrong with it - it looks fresh and more importantly it doesn't look like a ****ing box.
Neither does a Mazda 121 bubble, and I recall it winning any style awards.
While the AU did come under critical acclaim, some people, including myself like it. I also think this buick looks like a piece of crap but you cant get angry at people for having an opinion.
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Quite a nice ride.
i like the Buick styling cues like the ventiports and grille (no AU).

the "company" line does get a tad tiring at times
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well its an ugly POS
but the specs certainly sound interesting, i doubt holden would come out all guns firing with a 300kw TT V6 in a commodore, interesting to see the torque figures are not at all impressive compared to what the I6T is already producing..

just a matter of time before we see what we're up against i spose :)
The torque figures are infact impressive when you compare them with A GTS 300. At the same power the TT V6 is making 30nm more torque.
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Re: Buick Velite gives glimpse of Commodore VE

impressive figures. Although I am not to keen on the styling (sorry The Stylist but my opinion is this looks SH!T). this will definetly be the future of holden. Hopefully Ford are well on the ball. Jeez the domestic market is certainly hotting up :)
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