2003 VY Holden Calais – Today’s Blown Tempter

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

2003 VY Holden Calais 2003 VY Holden Calais
2003 VY Holden Calais 2003 VY Holden Calais
2003 VY Holden Calais 2003 VY Holden Calais
2003 VY Holden Calais 2003 VY Holden Calais

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The VY Holden Commodore is the third instalment in the third iteration of Holden Commodore.

Released in September 2002, the VY replaced the outgoing VX model, and was built for less than two years, ending production in August of 2004 and being succeeded by the VZ Commodore.

There were several trim levels available for the VY Commodore, including: Executive, Acclaim, S, SV8, SS, Berlina and Calais.

Powertrain options made available for the VY were an ECOTEC 3.8l V6, a supercharged 3.8l V6 and a LS1 5.7l V8.

These donks were mated to one of three gearboxes: a 5-speed Getrag 260 manual gearbox which could only be specified on the ECOTEC 3.8l V6, a 6-speed Tremec  T-56 manual gearbox for the LS1 V8 models and a 4-speed GM 4L60-E automatic that could be optioned for all the engines.

The Calais variant of the VY Commodore was the top of the range model, and could be optioned with any of the aforementioned engines.

The Calais came as standard with features such as the 4-speed automatic gearbox, 6-disc CD player, ABS, brake assist, climate control air conditioning, cruise control, driver, passenger and side impact airbags, front and rear power windows, luggage net, power antenna, rear park assist, traction control and 16-inch alloy wheels.

This particular Calais is a 2003 model and comes with the supercharged 3.8l V6 mated to the 4-speed automatic transmission.

It has travelled 242,000 kilometres from new and the owner has made a number of modifications to improve the cars performance.

These enhancements include: performance oriented brake pads, front sports shock absorbers, cold air intake, larger throttle body, alloy radiator, rebuilt transmission with cooling system, supercharger has been fettled to produce 10psi of boost, limited slip diff, full performance exhaust from the headers back, boost gauge and performance coils, leads and plugs.

The seller is asking $6000 for this supercharged luxo sedan, and anyone interested can view the full listing here.

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