(from Holden Press
Release) Holden Fans Get 60th Anniversary Present
GM Holden today marked the diamond anniversary of its first all
Australian car by unveiling a stunning two-door performance
thoroughbred called Coupe 60.
Coupe 60 celebrates the six decades since GM Holden built the 48-215
at its Fishermans Bend plant in Port Melbourne, Victoria, and
provides a glimpse of Holdens future directions in design,
engineering and emerging engine technologies.
Exemplifying sports luxury, Coupe 60 is a pillarless concept car
that explores the limits of Holdens current rear-wheel drive
capabilities, combining racing looks and technology into a road
going sportscar experience.
Its sophisticated appearance is delivered through simple and
powerful design, highlighted by the pillarless construction and V8
supercar inspired cockpit layout and side-exiting chambered exhaust
system with billet alloy tips.
Almost 60mm shorter than the VE sedan, and sitting on 21-inch
centre-lock alloy wheels with unique design Kumho high performance
semi-slick tyres, Coupe 60 captures all thats exciting about the
Other racing-derived enhancements include full flat under body, rear
underbody air diffuser and functional rear deck-lid spoiler with
unique designed LED tail lamps.
The interior also has several unique features. They include one
piece carbon fiber bucket seats (featuring leather and suede pad
design) and a sports-inspired flat bottomed steering wheel with
integrated shift light display and LCD sports instrument cluster.
The high gloss carbon fiber carries through to doors and rear trim
providing a contrast to the leather trimmed instrument panel and
black suede trimmed pillars, headliners and parcel shelf.
Details and accents are picked out with a distinctive red high shine
leather on the seats and dark gunmetal finish and satin chrome on
the consoles and doors.
Front seats are adjustable fore and aft to allow easy access to the
rear, with four-point race harness restraints for all seating
Under the bonnet is just as forward looking, with a 6.0 litre V8
engine incorporating the latest technologies such as active fuel
management and calibrated for E85 ethanol fuel.
Even the paint is a one-off. Called Diamond Silver by Holden
designers, it gives a liquid aluminium finish that almost slides off
GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mark Reuss said, Coupe 60
is Holden's 60th anniversary gift to its fans worldwide.
It highlights Holdens heritage of rear wheel drive performance
whilst looking ahead to the potential offered by new technologies
This is a vehicle I know our designers would dearly love to see go
into production, but for the moment it has to remain a concept
only, he said.
Project Designer Manager, Peter Hughes, said, We were looking to
mark the diamond anniversary with a car that captured the Holden DNA
and took the current VE range to an exciting next step.
Even in the early stages of VE development, we knew there was a
sensational coupe waiting to get out and the 60 th anniversary has
given us the chance to explore that.
With Coupe 60 we think we have designed a car that has the
potential to write another chapter in the book of Holden icons.
Coupe 60 Specifications and
Features (Coupe 60 overlaid on VE Sedan)
Pillarless coupe body;
Derived from flexible GRWD platform;
VE sedan wheelbase.
6.0L V8 with Active Fuel Management, calibrated for E85 Ethanol
6-speed manual transmission (SS specification);
Engine oil cooler.
Unique Diamond Silver paint colour;
Electrically dropping front & rear side windows;
Racing-derived aerodynamic down-force enhancements:
Rear under-body air diffuser;
Full flat under body;
Functional rear deck-lid spoiler;
21-inch centre-lock alloy wheels;
Unique design Kumho high-performance semi-slick tyres;
High-performance Brembo brake hardware with ducted air cooling
for front callipers;
Side-exiting chambered exhaust system with billet alloy tips;
Unique design LED tail lamps;
Exterior mirrors with integral LED side markers.
V8-Supercar inspired cockpit layout for enhanced driver
visibility and spaciousness;
LCD sports instrument cluster located in a unique column-mounted
One-piece carbon fiber bucket seats, featuring unique suede-pad
design and distinctive red high shine leather accents;
Front seats are adjustable fore-aft and allow easy access to
Four-point race harness restraints for all seating positions;
Unique sports-inspired flat-bottom steering wheel with
integrated shift light display and suede grips;
Unique interior details including air vents, column switches,
gear shift knob and pedals.
Perforated leather trimmed instrument panel;
Black suede trimmed pillars, headliner and parcel shelf;
High gloss carbon fiber used as a structural material for seats,
doors and rear trim provides contrast to leather and suede trim;
Details and accents are picked out with red high shine leather,
a dark gunmetal finish and satin chrome.
GM Holden in 2008
2008 is a diamond year
for GM Holden which will be recognising a number of key
anniversaries. These include: the 60 th anniversary of Australias
Own Car the 48-215; the 50 th anniversary of the founding of
Holden Vehicle Operations at Elizabeth; 40 years since the
introduction of Monaro; 30 years of the Commodore nameplate; and the
General Motors centennial.