Not that General Motors has something against high-performance cars that don’t have a Chevrolet badge, but in recent years they have been systematically killing off their other brands that could actually come up with a rival for Chevy’s sporty models. They killed Pontiac as they were developing a new GTO, and more recently they announced they are cutting off Holden, in the midst of developing a new Monaro.
To gives us some clue as to what we will be missing if Holden to follow through with their plans, designer Theophilus Chin came up with these renderings based on the latest Commodore sedan. As a coupe, the Holden Monaro has exaggerated features like more pronounced aero parts, swollen wheel arches, and bulges in its bonnet, not to mention four sizable tailpipes.
It looks rather delicious, this Monaro, but as you know it wasn’t the styling or the refinement that set this bad boy apart from the rest of the V8-powered, two-door monsters in the market. What we will be missing most about the Monaro is its perfect combination of power and handling. The Monaro has always been one of the best cars for hooning around and having a good time. It was also well-priced and hugely practical.
But such is life. Good things, like good people, leave us all too soon.