Gearing up for Bathurst: Which team are you on?

Are you a Commodore fan, or would you rather rumble around town in a Falcon?

Going back decades, Holden and Ford have been pitting their flagship V8s against each other at the historic Bathurst 1000. You can’t support both Holden and Ford, and even with the inclusion of Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Nissan now, people always have an Aussie favourite.

Who are you backing to win this year’s big race, and which car would you prefer to own through a novated lease?

Holden Commodore VFII 

The Commodore is one of the most common cars on Australian roads, but the V8 variant is in a class of its own.

A 6.2-litre block puts out 304 kilowatts of power and a whopping 570 Nm of torque. You can have either the automatic or manual six-speed transmission depending on your needs. Those who love track days will opt for the manual option, while stately businesspeople and anyone doing a lot of city driving would prefer the automatic.

As far as styling goes, the track cars flying around Bathurst aren’t too far from the appearance of the road cars that you can buy. They’re big and strong, and they look like they’re trying to eat the road as they rumble along it.

There’s technology galore inside as well, with an internet-connected stereo system and a digital heads-up display that projects the speed you’re travelling, the speed limit and the gear you’re in onto the windscreen for convenient viewing.

Ford Falcon XR8 Sprint

Those who prefer the Ford engines will be hoping the blue badge crosses the finish line in first place this weekend.

The road-going model is a true monster – and it’s a limited edition too, with only 750 models produced. A 5.0-litre V8 block powers this beast, producing 345 kilowatts of power and 575 Nm of torque. Ford engineers included a transient overboost feature, which will push performance figures sky-high to 400 kilowatts of power, and 650 Nm of torque. That’s astonishing grunt, and you’ll feel it as soon as you put your foot down.

As with the Commodore equivalent, the Falcon is available in either manual or automatic transmission. The Falcon also features voice-activated commands to change the cabin temperature, make a phone call or simply change the radio station, so you can focus on the road ahead, not where the buttons are.

No matter who you support this weekend, the Bathurst 1000 is sure to be a tough race. If you want to bring one of these two classic cars into your home, make sure you contact Alliance Leasing to learn more about how easy novated leasing is.