HOLD UP

Tim Tagell, via email

Tim Tagell, via email

I may be the only bloke looking forward to the Commodoreís death only because it means no more biased reviews. Your current edition (July 2016) is another Commodore lovefest talking up the SS-V Redline and reminding us how old the FG X Falcon XR8 feels. What got my attention was talk the SS-V Redline is the only real choice if you go to the track. But while the SS-V Redline pulled up shorter than the FG X XR8 by five metres at Performance Car of The Year, it was only 1.1 seconds quicker around track. I have been watching motorsport for a while and a huge braking advantage should make up for more than 1.1 seconds? Iím wondering if Iím missing something.

Some readers seem to confuse bias with objective assessment. When you consider that the Falcon XR8 is making up time on the Redline on every straight, the fact that it trails by over a second shows how much faster the Holden is under brakes and through corners. But thereís no shame in being bested by the VF II Redline, itís one of the best Australian cars ever.