Car reviews - Holden - Monaro - CV8 coupe
9 Jul 2002
SUBSTANTIALLY modified to deliver a more European style of ride/handling, Monaro's FE2 sports suspension is a development of Commodore's MacPherson strut front suspension and the new Control-Link semi-trailing arm with toe-control link rear suspension. Just one suspension set-up covers both CV6 and CV8 because of the similar weight of both engines. Monaro's progressive rate coil springs have a tighter 3-5mm manufacturing tolerance compared to regular Commodore springs, meaning they are more expensive by virtue of their lower production volumes. Anti-roll bar diameters were also explored extensively with the result being a beefy, HSV-like 28mm unit out back and a 16mm bar up front. Finally, totally new shock absorber valving, with fairly open low-speed bleed for good around-town ride quality and tighter high-speed damping for more controlled high speed activity, is said to make Monaro slightly softer than SS, yet dynamically superior during performance work.
Did you know?Purple will apparently be added to Monaro's colour pallet when Holden's coupe is facelifted in a couple of years. The V2 Series II Monaro is also likely to feature a new grille and opening rear quarter windows
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