6.0-litre V8, ethanol-powered Holden Coupé 60 could come to UK
29 February 2008

General Motor's Australian Holden division has unveiled a powerful new coupé that could eventually make its way to the UK.Revealed at the Melbourne motor show, the Coupé 60 and is designed to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first GM Holden car to be built in the country.The Coupé is based on the Zeta rear-drive platform that underpins theVauxhall VXR8, but has a 60mm shorter rear overhang and a lower roofline.It's powered by a 6.0-litre V8 driving a six-speed manual box – about which Holden is saying nothing more than it can run on E85 Biofuel.Extremely aggressive styling is a hallmark of the project, with a very short front overhang, a deep sill section with side-exit exhausts and a large feature wing vent. It rolls on 21in alloys with centre lock nuts. The Coupé also gets a flat underbody, rear bumper diffuser and a Brembo brake system. The aggression continues inside, with heavily bolstered carbon fibre sports seats, four point harnesses and an LCD instrument cluster mounted on the binnacle. The two-door bodyside is also pillarless, which opens the way for a cabrio version if Holden decide to commission the vehicle. If it goes ahead, the Coupé is likely to be sold in the UK under Vauxhall badges, following on from the VXR8 saloon. GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mark Reuss said, "Coupé 60 isHolden's 60th anniversary gift to its fans worldwide. It highlights Holden's heritage of rear wheel drive performance whilst looking ahead to the potential offered by new technologies and materials. 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."With Coupe 60 we think we have designed a car that has the potential to write another chapter in the book of Holden icons." Holden also showed its handsome rear-drive VE sportwagon in its finalshowroom form. It features both V6 and V8 engines and comes in seven trim levels including the sporting SSV.

Hilton Holloway

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29 February 2008

Mad, bad and dangerous to know. Time for a press launch inside Ken's emissions zone?

2 March 2008

Ohhh.... I know its bad. I know its fast becoming a dinosaur in todays eco conscious world, but its great to know that the Aussies can still make them like this.

I've got far more time for car like this than any for the rubbish (Dodge Charger etc.) that is being produced by the American manufacturers at the moment.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

2 March 2008

Wouldn't it be a pain in the proverbial to have to refill it every 200 miles though ? I'd still love one !

2 March 2008

I don't understand why Holdens have to be badged as Vauxhalls in the UK. I am sure it would open up the market for them if they stuck with the original Australian branding. After all, Vauxhall will never be associated with upmarket high performance products as these cars undoubtedly should.

3 March 2008

Holden's HSV division also unveiled what they're calling Australia's fastest supercar...the W427.

370kW and 640Nm of torque...due in Australia in the third quarter it's expected to cost around AU$150k. And is estimated to go from 0-100km/h in a blink over 4 seconds.

Looks ugly but..

3 March 2008

[quote bonzodogdooda]

Mad, bad and dangerous to know. Time for a press launch inside Ken's emissions zone?

[/quote]

No it's not it's a low Co2 emmitting supercar!

3 March 2008

[quote Plunkers] don't understand why Holdens have to be badged as Vauxhalls in the UK. I am sure it would open up the market for them if they stuck with the original Australian branding. After all, Vauxhall will never be associated with upmarket high performance products as these cars undoubtedly should.[/quote]

I agree. GM's badge engineering ethos for most of its brands is a con and does not help these marque's reputation or heritage. You can buy identical Vectras, Corsas and Astras around the world with a different badge. It may cost more GM, but just share platforms and lets see unique styling for each marque come to the fore and start expanding each brand worldwide.

3 March 2008

Yummy, another oversized Vauxhall with a mesh grille, red bits on the seats and a V8 engine that even buyers of M5s consider too gauche to contemplate. And GM don't go a great length to develop individual brands and model identities worldwide because a. The buyers of 95% of their vehicles don't care and b. They are broke.

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