The demise of Pontiac brand put an end to one of the finest muscle cars the world had ever seen, the awesome GTO. And it invariably affected the production of the car in other places, chiefly the land Down Under, the home of Holden Monaro, the Commodore Coupe.
Now, based on the new Holden VF Commodore, known to you and me as the Chevrolet SS, Holden designers Peter Hughes and Simon Gow has come up with a Coupe version that looks, at least in the pictures, pretty damn good. It is actually a secret project commissioned by Holden themselves, but one that will probably never get the green light by GM top brass who owns the whole operation.
The new Chevy SS, which spawned the Commodore, shares way too many bits with the Camaro, itself based on an older Holden platform. A coupe version of that car would be cheap to build, but it will certainly draw a lot of customers away from GM’s pride and joy, the Camaro.
The Holden VF Monaro, also available in the UK with a Vauxhall VRX badge back in the day, had a reputation as one of the most fun cars in the sports coupe segment. Imagine that brilliant chassis powered by the new LT1 V8. Delicious. But you can’t have it.