Whilst I’ve never been particularly drawn to the Holden VT Commodore, I decided to take the plunge and pick up this well-maintained 2000 model Holden VT Calais to compare it to my 2001 Ford AU Falcon.

Initially, I was after one with a supercharged 6-cylinder engine as that was the closest match to the Ford’s Intech VCT, however I wasn’t able to find one quickly enough and at a fair price, and opted instead for this clean example with the 5.7L Gen III LS1 V8.


Car:2000 Holden VT Calais Series II
Nickname:None
Status: Currently Owned
Engine:5.7L ‘Gen III’ LS1 V8
Power & Torque:220 kW (295 hp) – 446 Nm (329 lb-ft)
Driveline:4-speed automatic – rear wheel drive
Wheels & Tyres:17″ alloy wheels – 235/45R17 tyres