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que? ¡Por que no!
When one day I awoke from a restless sleep with a dream involving big,
fast cars fresh in my mind, a seed had been planted.
As the seed germinated and grew, those that care most about me took great
delight in connecting this with a hitherto latent mid-life crisis.
At first I denied this, sincerely believing them to be misguided. However,
as the seedling grew and original thoughts of a white, 6 cylinder executive
sedan were discarded for dreams of a bright red 300 horsepower V8 monster,
reality began to stare me in the face.
So, after much deliberation I placed my order for the newly released Series
Holden Commodore SS
in October 2001 and after three anxious weeks of waiting, finally took
delivery of it on 2 November 2001.
OK ! OK ! So what if I am middle aged? I've
confronted it and this is my way of dealing
with it. It could have been much uglier than this - think about it. I
just hope you are able to get through your mid-life crisis in as dignified
a way as I have (so far).
design and art combine with breathtaking beauty in the form of a plastic
is a potent thing isn't it?
unsustainable use of natural resources and
degradation of the environment should frighten the hell out of all of
We all care about this stuff but hey - if I could deal with my crisis
some other way, I would. Truth is, an inconspicuous, fuel efficient, four
cylinder, Mom, Pop and kids family car just wouldn't have done it for
introduced by General Motors in 1997, the LS1 5.7 litre V8 engine is probably
best known as the heart and soul of the Chevrolet Corvette. It is also
found in the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac
A lot has been written about how wonderful this engine is. Mine seldom
gets a serious workout but having all that oomph on tap, available at
the twitch of your right foot, can boost your hormone levels to those
of a schoolboy and ain't that what it's all about?
of LS1 Engine in Corvette Form
III LS1 5.7 Litre Alloy V8 Engine
x Stroke (mm)
- 8 - 7 - 2 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 3
@ 5200 rpm
@ 4400 rpm
- right hand side (and, without the SERIES II, in front of rear
wheel arches on both sides)
front wheel arches (both sides)
hard to overstate the importance of these insignificant little chunks
As the eye scans across the car in profile, your focus is inevitably drawn
to GEN III V8 badge. In a wonderfully subtle and understated way, it reinforces
the enormous urge otherwise concealed beneath the bonnet (hood) and issues
a challenge to every boy racer in town.
17" Alloy rims with Bridgestone B530 235/45R17
Australia Web Site
Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) Web
Holden New Zealand Web Site
Bye baby . . . go fast - burn rubber - raise hell !
I finally sold the old girl in September 2004, still running on her original tyres. I'd never had a flat tyre and the spare in the boot was a mint 235/47R17 Bridgestone on a shiny 17” alloy rim. The guy in the tyre shop called me a "real gentleman". My "friends" call me a "little old lady".
Distance traveled: 60,972 km
Fuel consumed: 7,759.50 litres
Average fuel economy: 12.7 litres/100 km ( = 22.2 miles/gallon = 18.5 miles/US gallon)
Worst fuel economy on a tank: 17.9 litres/100 km ( = 15.8 miles/gallon = 13.1 miles/US gallon)
Best fuel economy on a tank: 9.8 litres/100 km ( = 28.8 miles/gallon = 24.0 miles/US gallon)
Total cost of fuel consumed: $8,216.71 (New Zealand dollars)
Cheapest fuel: $0.79/litre (November 2001)
Most expensive fuel:$1.23/litre (May 2004)
Official fuel economy figures from Holden literature (auto transmission)
City: 13.5 litres/100 km ( = 20.9 miles/gallon = 17.4 miles/US gallon)
Highway: 8.5 litres/100 km ( = 33.2 miles/gallon = 27.7 miles/US gallon)
My best fuel economy was achieved burning a whole tank driving sedately on the open road at 105 km/h with almost no city driving. The "official" highway figure is about 15% better than my best fuel economy. Maybe my economy would be better cruising at 70 km/h or less but not even I'm that lame and realistically, the official figure seems wildly optimistic or in other words, crap.
Believe it or not I replaced her with a new wee Peugeot 307XSi. It's also red with 17" alloys but there the similarity ends. Emasculated, I now have half the number of cylinders and less than half the horespower. After doing about 20,000km in the Pug the average fuel economy is running at 9.0 litres/100 km. That's about 71% of the Commodore's consumption or a 41% improvement in fuel economy. Worth it? I dunno, but it sure makes me less concerned about the ever increasing price of fuel. It's now (June '05) up to about $1.30/litre. At this price, fuel to run the Commodore for 10,000km would cost $1,651 and the Pug $1,170, a difference of $481. Woop de s#it! Makes me want a V8 again.