THE HARD WAY how the modern day Holden Monaro evolved is a story which now as hell does not need repeating again. But just in case you have been in a cold rock since the 1990s, the basic model was the result of just a handful of Holden workers at the company's Rydges headquarters in Adelaide back in the mid 90s who decided to give up footy and beer to work on a new car. And they did…
In fact, that car, which was known as the VX-R (pronounced 'Voo-Ree') was an offshoot of their already existing project: the VX-7, a four-door saloon with a three-cylinder engine, aluminium bodywork and a six-speed automatic transmission. The end result was a car that looked and felt like a small Australian sedan but featured a lot of the best parts of modern vehicles; the bodywork was an alloy that had been around for several decades and was known for its durability and for its ability to be easily refinished; the suspension and steering system were well engineered; and of course the engine – a small turbocharged unit with a low compression ratio – was a good one.
Over the last few years, the VX-R concept has been adapted for the Holden Monaro, giving the two-door vehicle with a contemporary look while retaining a bit of the old fashioned charm. It was always the small engine that gave it away. The engine – the only part of the whole car that had been left untouched by the designers – was mounted under the car, above the fuel tank and next to the rear axle. As you'd expect, this was a very long and difficult job, especially given the high level of torque required to run such a large, heavy car.
As you might expect, the main design element of the engine is the turbocharger. This is a complicated component and while it can fit into pretty much any car, it is probably best suited to a smaller car – like the Monaro. And it was, as the turbo was able to fit under the car's bonnet, it also helped to provide a little bit more cooling room.
And so the end result was a car that would give you the feeling of speed and confidence that the Monaro was designed to provide: a fast, modern car with a strong, powerful engine. While the engine is nothing revolutionary, its size and weight were never lost on the car makers and in fact they felt it was important enough to be able to fit the turbocharger into the car's entire structure. The rest of the car follows suit. A low profile gearbox provides for the transfer of power to the wheels via a wide belt and a rear differential.
With such a long and complex car, it can be easy to overlook the role that the suspension plays in the design of the Holden Monaro. The chassis is set up in a different manner to many other modern models. A rear-axle design helps to provide good handling and is also good for improving the stability and traction of the car.
The front suspension of the Monaro can take the weight of the engine, helping to give the car some added stability. However, if you are going to buy a new Monaro, it is probably best that you avoid buying a car with an anti-lock brake system as the front suspension is unlikely to be as tough or as good as the rear. However, if you have the means, you may find that you actually prefer it. and the final product can be a very fast and powerful car.
If you're looking for a new car, it should be possible to find a well-built, well-sorted and well-made Holden Monaro at an affordable price. If you want one with all of the features that you're looking for, you could easily end up paying over a thousand dollars. But you shouldn't let that stop you from buying this car, because in reality, it's not that much more than you'd spend on a Ford Mustang or a similar model!
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