Take the new $60,000 Monaro for example. Two years ago, you needed to get a Clubsport for 260kW of power. That's now available in the new Monaro coupled with a swag of other performance and handling goodies that really sharpen up the Holden product.
The engine output is one thing but there's a new six speed manual transmission that eliminates previous manual transmission issues and the brakes are massive. There is also a dual pipe a side exhaust and bonnet scoops. It stops people in the street, especially the new turquoise blue colour.
Has excellent engine performance aided by 500Nm torque output.
Real GT feel out on the open road and quick off the mark too.
Exhaust has cackle on the over-run, just like a Maserati. Sounds awesome.
Handling is good compromise between comfort and handling. Quite accomplished for a big, weighty coupe.
Electronic dynamic controls keep things in check. Traction control is switchable.
Massive tyres provide prodigious grip for corner- ing, braking and accelerating.
Stylish five spoke alloys look the goods, impress- ive for factory fitted items.
Exterior upgrades include rear mesh diffuser and mild aero skirts, no wing but the car doesn't need it from a visual point of view.
Love the new colours.
Drinks premium unleaded at an average of about 15 litres/100km, not bad for a 5.7-litre high performance V8.
New transmission is a vast improvement – gear ratios are closer and lower overall gives gains in throttle response.
Shift feel is better too but still has relatively long throws between gears.
Driving position is comfy – great wheel with multi functions, fully adjustable front seats with good side bolsters.
Access to rear seats spoiled by front seats that don't return to original position.
Small boot, good rear seat room for two.
Some squeaks and rattles in test car.
New instrument cluster above console looks sporty and car has plenty of luxury features.