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Car reviews - Holden - Monaro - CV8 coupe

Overview

The Monaro has become an icon car with a reputation for performance and style

Holden logo8 Jul 2002

By MARTON PETTENDY

MORE than just a two-door Commodore with faster windscreen, lower roof, chopped bootlid and seating for just four, Holden's born-again Monaro has a unique character worthy of its highly vaunted title. A vastly tauter bodyshell, different steering rack and carefully chosen suspension set-up combine to give Monaro a tighter, almost European feel - along with the best ride/handling compromise ever offered by a Holden. Much has been done to ensure the interior is just as exclusive. Sporting V8 coupes rarely come as quick or as attractive as this, and if they do they are priced well above the Monaro's sub-$60,000 sticker. So successful is the now commonplace Monaro's combination of style, substance and value that even the land that invented the large V8 coupe wants it.
Model release date: 1 December 2001 to 1 September 2004

Previous model

HJ Monaro LS coupe

Released: October 1974
Ended: July 1976
Family Tree: Monaro

OFFICIALLY, the last Holden Monaro coupe available in Australia was the two-door HJ Monaro, which was sold in both GTS and LE (and with the choice of 253ci and 308ci V8 engines) guise, and was discontinued in July, 1976. Unofficially, the Monaro moniker was also applied to the HX Limited Edition Coupe, which sold for about a year from August, 1976. Of course, in latter years the Monaro nameplate was also applied almost exclusively to four-door sedans, the last of which was the HZ Monaro GTS sedan - discontinued in August, 1979, following the launch of Holden's first Commodore in 1978.

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