Originally Posted by Mr Sparkle
The VZ will NOT be a new model. It will simply be the next iteration of the VT/VX/VY series. It may get a new drivetrain, but that will depend heavily on timing.
BA2 will more than hold it's own against VZ. VE will be a substantially better (and heavier!) car than the VT-VZ series, and will need every kW of power from the new HFV6 to propel it.
In my opinion, a new drivetrain in the current shape is all that is really needed. Ok, the VY looks a bit iffy, but that swank new motor and new drivetrain in a VT/VX shape would be a killer. Personally, I am very afraid of the new HFV6. By all accounts so far its a lovely engine. Almost certain is that we'll get the 3.8 derivative with 190-200kw. You can bet your life Holden will be aiming squarely at matching and/or bettering the Barra 182.
However, I'm sure Ford has an ace up its sleeve for tweaking the 6 pot, but I'm sure they are nearing its limitations in normally aspirated guise. Although a the 182 is a vast improvement over the pervious engine, it is still no super smooth motor, but I'm sure they can still improve it.
I'm not so sure the VE will be *THAT* much heavier, as Holden are reported to be using some new materials that will be substantially lighter. I can't the see car being any heavier than BA(II).
It will be very interesting to see how things pan out in the next year or two. The bottom line is, the more Holden lift the game, the more Ford will, and that simply means better cars for us all.