- Unbeatable power for £
- High specification
- Built to last
Sensationally powerful V8? Check. Sleek, stylish lines? Check. Top specification interior? Check. High build quality? Check. The satisfying feeling of owning a high performance, dynamically designed, beautifully finished sports coupe? Check. Astounding value for money? Check.
Yes, a seriously high performance driving experience can now be bought for only £28,650. Eclipsing the competition, Monaro has come screeching into the UK, squealing its tyres and attracting a flood of fans. Undeniably, it is further evidence of Vauxhall’s pledge to lead the field in driver excitement.
Offering an enormous V8 engine, emitting 329 hp and 343 lb ft of torque, the monumental Monaro streaks to 60 mph from standstill in just six seconds and has a top speed of over 160 mph. Add to this a specially tuned sport suspension and you have ride quality of the highest order. In short, it has the kind of performance that puts its rivals to shame.
And not only does it drive beautifully, it also looks terrific. Inside and out the designers worked hard to ensure Monaro effuses the ambience of a luxury car.
Externally, 18 inch alloy wheels fill meaty wheel arches, giving Monaro an almost menacing feel, while smooth, sleek lines flow from front to rear, creating feelings of fluidity and dynamism. A twin, chrome-tipped exhaust system punctuates Monaro’s blunt rear end, while modern light clusters feature at the front and rear of the car.
Inside the list of standard equipment is all but endless – full leather interior; cruise control; power mirrors, sunroof and windows; ‘intelligent’ wipers; rear park assist; automatic head lamps; trip computer; 10-speaker, six CD sound system; eight-way, electrically adjustable front seats; electric front seat slide for rear access; dual zone climate control; alloy pedals; and metal finish dash, door handles and sill plates.
Equally, safety has not been sidelined to keep the price down. Monaro offers driver and passenger airbags; driver and passenger side impact airbags; seat belt pre-tensioners; anti-submarining ramps; child restraint anchor points; quick response LED centre brake light; low fuel, high engine temperature and rear light failure warnings; steering wheel-mounted sound system controls; and active front head restraints and seat backs.
Furthermore, Monaro has been thoroughly tested and developed for minimal noise and vibration ingress, as well as high durability and aerodynamics.
Looking at the competition, Monaro truly offers outstanding value. At £28,600, Monaro costs almost 20 per cent less than a Mercedes-Benz CLK 320, more than 25 per cent less than a BMW M3 and more than 40 per cent less than a BMW 6 Series.
Closer to its price – although not to its power – are the 266 hp Chrysler Crossfire costing £27,260 and the 286 hp Nissan 350Z costing £24,000. Good performers but neither can truly rival the impressive 329 hp of Monaro.
Power for £ you simply can’t get better.Published 9 March 2004