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Holden Statesman V8 AFM (2009)

by John Ewing,reviewed April 2009

You won't find Holden's V8 Statesman with its new Active Fuel Management system (AFM) in the top 100 cars for fuel economy on the Green Vehicle Guide website.

But an 1844 kg sedan with a 260 kW, 6.0-litre V8 that on our highway run only sipped 8.9 litres/100 km of unleaded petrol has to impress.

Holden claims that under standard tests the AFM, fitted to auto versions only, is good for overall savings of about 1.0 litre per 100 km (more on the highway).

AFM under certain light load conditions selectively 'cuts' four cylinders (numbers 1, 7, 4 and 6), turning the V8 into a V4 operation. It doesn't just shut off fuel supply though, an electronic unit, control solenoids and special valve lifters work to hold the inlet and exhaust valves closed on the de-activated cylinders. Switching between modes takes less than 250 milliseconds.

Apart from the AFM dash-light signalling mode switching, the average driver won't under most conditions pick system operation. On smoother roads though, we could pick AFM mode by a slight increase in engine harshness.

But the ability to still deliver muscular performance on demand and a cavernous cabin are likeable traits. The soft suspension tune allows the Statesman to waft comfortably over road blemishes, but turns wallowy when hustling through twists and turns.

Holden Statesman V8 AFM 2009


Improved fuel consumption, V8 performance, space


Soft suspension, wide ‘A’ pillars block vision

Key features

Climate control, 6-speed auto, 17 alloys, leather, 6 CD in-dash, rain-sensing wipers, eight-way power-operated drivers seat, front and rear parking sensors


Dual front, front side and curtain airbags, traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, active head restraints

Car Details

Vehicle make Holden
Vehicle model Statesman V8 AFM
Vehicle type Large Over $60,000
Year 2009
Price when new $66,990 MLP
Current price range $ - $
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Engine 6.0-litre, V8 Gen IV, with active fuel management
Max power 260 kW @ 5700 rpm
Max torque 517 Nm @ 4400 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 6.9 sec
Braking from 80 km/h 26.5 m
Economy ADR 12.9 litres/100 km
Emissions rating
2 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.