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.
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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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