Holden VE2 Calais V Redline - My Brother's New Car

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    Holden VE2 Calais V Redline - My Brother's New Car

    In 2008, my younger brother bought an Evoke grey VE Calais V with a V6. On Tuesday, he picked up a second Calais, this time a Karma Calais V Redline AFM V8.

    I took it for a spin on Christmas Day (today). Wow - what a car. The three benefits of the Redline package - the V8, the sports suspension and the Brembo brakes are all great additions. The car is almost begging to be thrown into a corner hard.

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    Re: Holden VE2 Calais V Redline - My Brother's New Car

    Yes the red V is back. I think that little touch actually makes a difference in rear-end appearance.

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    Re: Holden VE2 Calais V Redline - My Brother's New Car

    Wow. Thank heavens the people at GMNA are smart enough to know that no one in NA would want a car that absolutely shames a Cadillac CTS, for $10K less. Or one that honestly compares with an 8-cylinder 5-series for $30K less.

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    Re: Holden VE2 Calais V Redline - My Brother's New Car

    What an alluring car, isszy! I see your brother tows with it too.
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    Re: Holden VE2 Calais V Redline - My Brother's New Car

    Quote Originally Posted by tbirderic View Post
    What an alluring car, isszy! I see your brother tows with it too.
    Actually more likely that if he ever needs to tow anything, he will call me to do it for him. He doesn't tow much but wanted the option to be able to do so.

    It is a 3200lb hitch the same as my wagon.
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    I like the stealth look of it too. No wings or stripes, no Redline badging and only an AFM badge indicates it is a V8.
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    CTS V wheels?
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    Re: Holden VE2 Calais V Redline - My Brother's New Car

    Long tongue towbar - mandatory shopping market parking tool!!!!!

    The Calias is really a nice piece of car, it is. Well done.

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    Re: Holden VE2 Calais V Redline - My Brother's New Car

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post



    CTS V wheels?
    Similar but not the same. Holden do have a long history of using wheels from other divisions in the past though, as a base for either a new design or just out and out using them.





    Another example would be the Brock "aero" wheels which were a copy of the Corvette wheel in of the day in the mid 80's





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    Actually G8 GXP wheels afaik. Im not sure they totally suit.
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    Re: Holden VE2 Calais V Redline - My Brother's New Car

    Quote Originally Posted by RedHotMike View Post

    Another example would be the Brock "aero" wheels which were a copy of the Corvette wheel in of the day in the mid 80's





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    For trivia those 16" Brock wheels, which iirc were only fitted to the shown 'race special' Group A model, were a distinct advancement to Corvette wheels. Thats because these locally made HDT wheels were directional, as in two individual castings to suit the cooling vane angles for LHS and RHS - impresive attention to detail imo. VK Group A was the first Holden vehicle to have 50-series (aspect ratio) tyres.

    Also fwiw the Monaro LE was the very first Holden model to have factory-fitted 7" rims.

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    Re: Holden VE2 Calais V Redline - My Brother's New Car

    Great car, thanks for the pics Isszy. The rims look mint. Have you had a play around with the IQ system? Sounds like an awesome system.

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    I didnt have a chance to play with the iq and my brother has not had much time to try it out but he did say that the phone address book is too hard to use as the driver. Off topic, rIght now I amsitting at the mcg just watched Peter siddle go out
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    Re: Holden VE2 Calais V Redline - My Brother's New Car

    Sweet ride -I think that colour suits it the best, but the cricket isn't so sweet. Still anything they can do we can do better -I hope.

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