approx $42,200 USD
@ 4000 rpm
hp @ 5600 rpm
lbs per hp
hp per liter
(from General Motors
Press Release) The 2004 edition of Holden's iconic Monaro
sports coupe boasts the most substantial upgrade since its
sensational debut almost three years ago.
The striking new VZ series Monaro CV8 sports coupe is the most
powerful mainstream Holden ever produced. Its 5.7 litre Gen III V8
engine receives a boost in peak power to 260 kilowatts* and now
develops 500 Nm of peak torque*, on call over a wider rev range.
Powertrain refinements deliver a more forceful launch feel, more
mid-range torque and a sharper sports character, balanced by an
upgraded braking system that is the largest of any production
The performance boost is advertised by a base note V8 burble,
broadcast via big-bore 95 millimetre dual exhausts.
Monaro's muscular new look is pointed up by aggressive styling cues
like twin bonnet scoops, strong front facia graphics and an
exclusive vivid blue exterior finish called Turismo.
Monaro has been Australia's top-selling sports car since its release
and it is exported to markets including the United States, where it
sells as Pontiac GTO, the Middle East as Chevrolet Lumina S and SS
Coupe and Britain as Vauxhall Monaro.
Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Denny Mooney, said Monaro was
a famous nameplate which symbolised the spirit of the Holden brand
for many Australians.
"The Monaro is playing a great ambassadorial role in many parts of
the world as an example of best-practice Australian automotive
design and engineering. Monaro punches well above its weight on the
world stage against supercars costing much more," Mr Mooney said.
"Monaro can now be found on the streets of Los Angeles, London and
Dubai. It's a global car with a performance reputation to match.
"The Holden Monaro is the number one seller in the Australian sports
car category because people appreciate it for what it is: a very
stylish high-performance sports coupe that represents exceptional
value for money.
"We've upped the ante with VZ by adding more 'bang for your buck'
through extra V8 power and torque and more distinctive styling.
"Holden is successfully designing, engineering and building vehicles
for different world markets. Our home strength, our ability to give
our customers what they want and to deliver products such as Monaro
that reinforces Holden's strategic role within GM and underpins its
long-term viability," Mr Mooney concluded.
In keeping with its
world car status, engineering development work on VZ Monaro was
undertaken in Australia, United States, Sweden and Britain.
Revisions to the 5.7 litre Gen III V8 powertrain raise power output,
compared with the previous model, by 15 kW to 260 kW at 5600 rpm
using PULP. Engine torque is lifted by 35 Nm to 500 Nm at 4000 rpm
using PULP and 93 per cent of this peak torque is now available
across a wider rev range.
Camshaft modifications improve low to mid-range delivery, sharpening
takeoff time and providing a sports performance feel that will be
particularly noticeable on corner exits and in day to day driving
Among other contributors to Monaro performance gains are a new V8
induction system which allows the engine to breathe more efficiently
and a specifically developed, all-new split dual exhaust system.
A shorter-ratio six-speed manual transmission increases torque
production across the rev range. A more heavy-duty four-speed
automatic transmission, capable of increased torque loads, modified
for swifter shifting and with a shorter final drive ratio, delivers
Monaro's new engine management system teamed with 'drive by wire'
electronic throttle control allows the engine to match its outputs
to the type of fuel it is using.
A relocated fuel tank, now between the rear axle and rear seat,
allows for a new underbody deflector − reducing rear lift and
increasing aerodynamic stability.
New lightweight power steering components offer improved driver
Up front, bright red
twin pot brake calipers bear the Monaro moniker and show off the
serious stopping power provided by larger diameter 320 mm ventilated
front and 286 mm rear disc brakes.
Holden's biggest braking package is augmented by a new brake booster
and master cylinder, which help to achieve ABS-invoking pressure
almost 50 per cent faster than before and reduce stopping distance
by four per cent.
The VZ Monaro CV8 also introduces Brake Assist, which works through
the booster and cuts in during hard braking, helping drivers to
activate ABS more easily in emergency situations. A smooth new
traction control system utilises the electronic throttle control and
a new Electronic Brakeforce Distribution feature transfers brake
force between front and rear axles and controls rear brake pressure
on all road surfaces.
expressive body − all accentuated curves and stylish silhouette −
gets a makeover to match. Its 260kW performance potential is clearly
advertised by twin air scoops with mesh inserts which punctuate a
powerful new bonnet form and strong front end graphics.
Stand-out Monaro VZ styling cues include a sharper-edged headlamp
treatment, a more prominent, angular grille opening with textured
hexagonal mesh detailing, echoed in the larger air intake 'mouth'
below. The deep, integrated facia also houses a unique vertically
slotted park lamp and projector-style fog lamp combination.
New deeper-dished 18-inch alloy wheels are a bolder evolution of the
previous model's sporty five-spoke design.
At the rear, 95 mm diameter exhaust outlets tipped in bright chrome
are separated by a black hexagonal mesh lower skirt; CV8 badging is
subtly re-designed in chiselled script. With the fuel tank now
located in front of the rear axle, the fuel filler is repositioned
at the top of the rear quarter panel.
Monaro buyers can choose from a colour palette of six exterior
finishes, two of them introduced with this model. They are the
exclusive-to-Monaro Turismo, a chromatic teal blue mica, and
Odyssey, a dark mercury silver.
In the passenger compartment (now quieter than ever due to door seal
refinements) these exterior finishes are complemented by colour-coded
instrument clusters and highlight stitching on the leather-trimmed
steering wheel, transmission shifter and park brake.
Topping a glossy piano black centre stack and console surround is a
sports instrument binnacle with electronically integrated oil
pressure and voltmeter gauges, angled towards the driver.
Interior upgrades now allow buyers who choose Quicksilver or Odyssey
exterior finishes to option interior leather trim in either Redhot
or Black Anthracite. Custom combinations offer a range of exterior,
leather trim and instrument cluster colour options.