Holden Monaro Series II

From Holden press: Holden has introduced an updated Series II version of its highly popular Monaro sports coupe. The dynamically designed new millennium Monaro has dominated the sports car market segment since it hit the showrooms 12 months ago.

While the sleek exterior look remains largely unchanged, the Series II Monaro CV6 and CV8 models are distinguished by fresh interior styling treatments which include a new instrument panel with binnacle-style clusters and multi-function digital displays and a new steering wheel design. In addition, body structure refinements combine with powertrain improvements to offer better-than-ever build precision, performance and safety.

The top of the range Monaro CV8 is now powered by a 235kW high output version of Holden's Generation III 5.7 litre V8 engine, complemented by a specially tuned twin exhaust system.

Added to the standard equipment listing for CV6 are 'twilight sentinel' automatic headlamp control and road speed sensitive intermittent wipers.

Both models receive high-feature Blaupunkt audio systems. The CV6 now has headlamps off programmable time delay, while the CV8 offers a six disc in-dash CD player and audible Rear Park Assist. Optional on both models are satellite navigation and the Holden Assist 24-hour satellite security and support system.

Performance, Precision and Safety Holden engineers have improved the all-round quality of the Monaro driving experience by applying leading edge technology to achieve advances in build precision, powertrain and safety performance.

The CV8's high output Generation III 5.7 litre V8 engine delivers an extra 10kW of peak power (235kW) and 5Nm more torque (465 Nm). Its deep V8 base note comes courtesy of a new, full-length twin exhaust system with twin balance pipes, optimised to provide a sound quality that does not become intrusive at cruising speeds.

Recalibrations and shift revisions improve the performance of Monaro's automatic transmission systems and V8 automatic transmissions have been upgraded for greater durability.

Service intervals for the Monaro CV6's supercharged V6 engine have been extended to 15,000km from 10,000km. Additionally, the supercharged V6 is now fitted with a 'dampolator' - a combined accessory drive isolator and crankshaft bending damper which enhances engine smoothness above 4000rpm, resulting in a freer-revving engine character.

Gallery: Holden Monaro Series II