Evaluation of use of Holden Monaro
The iconic V8 Holden sports coupe is the king of racing back in the 1960s; they also dominated the road for a time when V8 spelled out performance and Monaro had more than most.
Fast forward to 2001 and those classic images have been rekindled in the form of a new-age Monaro sports coupe based on the Commodore instead of Kingswood. There was a lot of interest in the new Monaro and the market welcomed it with great excitement, but once the initial enthusiasm was satisfied, the demand began to slip.
The VZ Monaro, released in 2004, is an attempt to refresh it to the local market, while strengthening it for the US market where it is sold as Pontiac GTO. GTO is a legendary car in the US and Monaro has a hard task to win against the muscle car aficionados of America.
In the end, the sleek, sleek Australian coupe failed to stimulate them in sufficient numbers to turn it into a viable long-term model in the US and it quietly disappeared from Pontiac dealerships before Pontiac himself disappeared.
Monaro is like a symbol inside Holden like outside. There are many Monaro fans at Holden, who over the years have complained about the absence of a sports coupe with the iconic name. Their dream to have a new Monaro came true in 2001 when Commodore’s V2 Monaro was announced.
The V2 Monaro started off as a behind-the-scenes project, hush-hush run by some of Monaro’s followers, who thought that VT Commodore could be converted into a coupe relatively easily and they began to demonstrate by making a prototype once.
Few know about the ‘coupe’ project, it’s even kept secret from top brass, who only knows about it when it’s finally ready to see it publicly and has no choice but to own it. its existence. The coupe prototype was first shown at the Sydney Motor Show in 1999, where it won public acclaim, which was certainly followed by questions about when it would go on sale.
That happened in 2001 when Holden launched two models, the V6 V6 and CV8 with the 5.7-liter V8. The CV6 didn’t garner much interest and by the time the VZ was launched in 2004, there was only a V8 Gen III engine under the modified bonnet.
Visually, the VZ has been identified by twin bonnet, added primarily to triumph over skeptical Americans who think Monaro is too soft to be a true GTO.
If the Monaro bonnet enhances the visual, then the new rumble from under the bonnet adds some much-needed growl. With 260 hp at 5600 revs and 500 Nm at 4,000 revs, the VZ coupe boasts 15 hp and 35 Nm more than the previous model and Holden proudly proclaims this is the strongest model it has ever produced. Modifying the camshaft improves the ability to provide low to medium torque, which helps the VZ Monaro to respond to the accelerator better and feel sportier.
The VZ Monaro is available with a six-speed T56 manual gearbox, which has a shorter gear ratio for a more thrilling feel through the speed range, or a 4L65 four-speed for smoother drive. To enhance additional performance, Holden has increased braking performance with larger front rotors at the front and rear, larger dual-pot controllers, and a new master brake and master cylinder.
That’s natural, with Monaro’s position within the Holden model within which it is packed with many features. Included in the list are auto air, cruise, leather, fog lights, power windows and mirrors, vibration dampers, remote central locking and 10-speaker audio with CD stacker.
IN THE STORE
There are several reports of problems with Monaro; It is standing the test of time. The LS1 V8 had some problems with the piston call and excessive oil consumption when it was first released on VT II in 1999.
The problematic engines have been rebuilt with new pistons, which fix the problem, but it is worth listening to the light hiss when the engine is not running. Van forklifts can also be a problem when the kays climb up, listening to light noises when idle, especially when cold, can signal a sticky lift.
IN A CREDIT
ANCAP rated the Monaro at four stars, ranking well in 2004 and reflecting the safety equipment that the coupe carries.
For starters, there’s a responsive chassis with sporty settings, powerful brakes, aided by ABS, an optimum braking force distribution and emergency braking assist to Maximum stop when most needed.
If all that could not avoid a crisis, Monaro also has a series of front and side airbags for protection.
AT THE PUMP
Holden cited fuel consumption figures as 15.3 L / 100 km and 13.7 L / 100 km, respectively, for manual and automatic models. A CarsGuide test of the manual at the time returned an average of 13.8 L / 100 km.
It should be noted that while the VZ Monaro will run on regular unleaded, it requires a premium to achieve the best performance and economy.
Classic credit of the Monaro badge
Spiritual V8 performance
The most beautiful car produced in Australia for many years, with V8 screeching and handling and braking accordingly.