Monaro arriving this year
The new Monaro
One coupe, two doors
5.7-litres of all-alloy power
Collectors car of the millennium
The word Monaro is of Aboriginal origin - it means high plateau,
which is fitting, really. The Monaro has always been a performance
car and if Holden has its way, the Australian icon will make
a stunning comeback at the end of the year.
The concept was simply called the Holden Coupe, though when
it was showed for the first time to Jo public at the Sydney
motor show in 1998, it was unofficially named the Monaro by
pundits and show-goers.
The name stuck and pre-orders for a car which hadn't even
been manufactured were enough to persuade Holden to manufacture
Ross McKenzie, Holden's Executive Director, Sales and Marketing,
said: "In a sense, the car named itself. Right from the beginning,
the media and the man on the street insisted on referring
to our coupe concept design as a Monaro. After it was confirmed
for production, we held consumer research clinics that came
out overwhelmingly in favour of the name.
"To men and women of all ages, Monaro directly equated
to 'large Australian sports coupe'. In terms of sheer
brand awareness, you can't do much better than that."
Not a lot of info one the Monaro has escaped Holden HQ, as
the project is still top secret. But, as always, we have a
few snippets of juicy info and a swag of images to boot.
The Monaro will be a two-door coupe, much like its older
brother (circa 1968) and the wheelbase will be the same as
that found on Commodore sedans. These sub-frames are shorter
than station wagon and ute models, however.
The photos you see here were taken last year (2000) and,
as such, the car looks more like the VT model. However, the
Monaro will overlap VX and VU (ute) models. The cars have
been under tight security since the production began and everything
that travels between Melbourne and Adelaide is under constant
surveillance so that nothing is leaked.
The Monaro will be released in very limited numbers to those
who have pre-ordered and even the colour schemes are secret
at this stage. Buyers will be able to choose their car colours
via the Internet after entering a special password at Holden
dealers around the country.
As for the engine, it will be one of Holden's best - the
new all-alloy GenIII V8. We know that this 5.7-litre engine
(350 cubic-inches for the old-schoolers) pumps out a whopping
225kW in standard form, though who knows what Holden will
do to the engine when the car arrives.
We also know that HSV will be creating a killer version of
the new Monaro that is guaranteed to be one of the most amazing
vehicles this country has seen. Perhaps it will even break
the 300kW mark?
Holden's Monaro is going to be huge - of this there is no
doubt. The car will be fast - rumours say it will even give
Subaru's devilishly quick turbocharged WRX a run for its money.
As with almost every other facet of the vehicle, the price
is unknown, though estimates put it at under $100,000. The
release of the Monaro has to be one of the most anticipated
vehicle launches in Australian history, and now it's close,