Launched in July 1993 and sold until April 1995, the VR series came with an updated, sleeker and more modern design, as well as safety enhancements such as anti-lock brakes (ABS). It launched shortly before the Ford ED Falcon. From the side, the biggest change was the revised daylight opening around the C-pillar and the use of a round rear wheel arch, instead of a squared-off shape used on the previous VN and VP model Commodores. A Series II model launched in September 1994. The VR Acclaim and Calais included a driver’s side Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) airbag as standard, which was a first for an Australian car. They also had standard ABS brakes and independent rear suspension (IRS). The airbag, ABS brakes and IRS were also available across the range for both automatic transmission and manual transmission models. The rear-end treatment saw raised tail lamps, which were recessed high up on the boot lid for safety reasons. A new electronic version of the Turbo-Hydramatic 700R4 (TH700) automatic transmission was introduced, known as the GM 4L60-E. The VR Commodore was Wheels Car of the Year for 1993.
Now available for sale at Muscle Car Warehouse is this beautiful representation of the VR GTS Commodore. When first released the GTS model was as good as it got with its newly developed 215 5.7 litre V8 Holden engine. This car starting its life as a Berlina but now wearing a host of genuine GTS parts. The body kit, wheels and interior are all genuine GTS parts making this Commodore look as close to the genuine article as possible. Cosmetically the only variation is the owner’s choice to add VS style GTS stickers to the car as opposed to the VR GTS stickers. The car has recently been resprayed and looks fantastic. As mentioned inside consists of genuine VR GTS interior. The stereo system has been upgraded with aftermarket items. The car has only travelled just over 113,000 kilometres which is below average for a car of its age. Powering the car is a genuine engine used from a VR Senator, stroked to 333 cubes which has had more than $20,000 spent on it with receipts available for works done. This car sounds and goes as good as it looks. While a genuine GTS would be a six-speed manual this car has been fitted with a five-speed manual. This car presents excellent value and is a much more affordable alternative from the genuine article. Now available for inspection by appointment only at our Kogarah facility.