Revealed - Holden Coupe 60 Concept

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    Holden Fans Get 60th Anniversary Present

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    GM Holden today marked the diamond anniversary of its first all Australian car by unveiling a stunning two-door performance thoroughbred called Coupe 60.

    Coupe 60 celebrates the six decades since GM Holden built the 48-215 at its Fishermans Bend plant in Port Melbourne, Victoria, and provides a glimpse of Holden's future directions in design, engineering and emerging engine technologies.

    Exemplifying sports luxury, Coupe 60 is a pillarless concept car that explores the limits of Holden's current rear-wheel drive capabilities, combining racing looks and technology into a road going sportscar experience.

    Its sophisticated appearance is delivered through simple and powerful design, highlighted by the pillarless construction and V8 supercar inspired cockpit layout and side-exiting chambered exhaust system with billet alloy tips.

    Almost 60mm shorter than the VE sedan, and sitting on 21-inch centre-lock alloy wheels with unique design Kumho high performance semi-slick tyres, Coupe 60 captures all that's exciting about the Holden DNA.

    Other racing-derived enhancements include full flat under body, rear underbody air diffuser and functional rear deck-lid spoiler with unique designed LED tail lamps.

    The interior also has several unique features. They include one piece carbon fiber bucket seats (featuring leather and suede pad design) and a sports-inspired flat bottomed steering wheel with integrated shift light display and LCD sports instrument cluster.

    The high gloss carbon fiber carries through to doors and rear trim providing a contrast to the leather trimmed instrument panel and black suede trimmed pillars, headliners and parcel shelf.

    Details and accents are picked out with a distinctive red high shine leather on the seats and dark gunmetal finish and satin chrome on the consoles and doors.

    Front seats are adjustable fore and aft to allow easy access to the rear, with four-point race harness restraints for all seating positions.

    Under the bonnet is just as forward looking, with a 6.0 litre V8 engine incorporating the latest technologies such as active fuel management and calibrated for E85 ethanol fuel.

    Even the paint is a one-off. Called 'Diamond Silver' by Holden designers, it gives a liquid aluminium finish that almost slides off the bodywork.

    GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mark Reuss said, "Coupe 60 is Holden'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.

    Project Designer Manager, Peter Hughes, said, "We were looking to mark the diamond anniversary with a car that captured the Holden DNA and took the current VE range to an exciting next step.

    "Even in the early stages of VE development, we knew there was a sensational coupe waiting to get out and the 60 th anniversary has given us the chance to explore that.

    "With Coupe 60 we think we have designed a car that has the potential to write another chapter in the book of Holden icons."

    Coupe 60 – Specifications and Features (Coupe 60 overlaid on VE Sedan)

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    Main Features:

    Pillarless coupe body;
    Derived from flexible GRWD platform;
    VE sedan wheelbase.

    Powertrain:

    6.0L V8 with Active Fuel Management, calibrated for E85 Ethanol fuel;
    6-speed manual transmission (SS specification);
    Engine oil cooler.

    Exterior:

    Unique "Diamond Silver" paint colour;
    Electrically dropping front & rear side windows;
    Racing-derived aerodynamic down-force enhancements:
    Rear under-body air diffuser;
    Full flat under body;
    Functional rear deck-lid spoiler;
    21-inch centre-lock alloy wheels;
    Unique design Kumho high-performance semi-slick tyres;
    High-performance Brembo brake hardware with ducted air cooling for front callipers;
    Side-exiting chambered exhaust system with billet alloy tips;
    Unique design LED tail lamps;
    Exterior mirrors with integral LED side markers.

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    Interior:

    V8-Supercar inspired cockpit layout for enhanced driver visibility and spaciousness;
    LCD sports instrument cluster located in a unique column-mounted binnacle;
    One-piece carbon fiber bucket seats, featuring unique suede-pad design and distinctive red high shine leather accents;
    Front seats are adjustable fore-aft and allow easy access to rear;
    Four-point race harness restraints for all seating positions;
    Unique sports-inspired flat-bottom steering wheel with integrated shift light display and suede grips;
    Unique interior details including air vents, column switches, gear shift knob and pedals.

    Interior trim

    Perforated leather trimmed instrument panel;
    Black suede trimmed pillars, headliner and parcel shelf;
    High gloss carbon fiber used as a structural material for seats, doors and rear trim provides contrast to leather and suede trim;
    Details and accents are picked out with red high shine leather, a dark gunmetal finish and satin chrome.

    GM Holden in 2008

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    2008 is a diamond year for GM Holden which will be recognising a number of key anniversaries. These include: the 60 th anniversary of Australia's Own Car – the 48-215; the 50th anniversary of the founding of Holden Vehicle Operations at Elizabeth; 40 years since the introduction of Monaro; 30 years of the Commodore nameplate; and the General Motors centennial.

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    Pontiac GTO/G8 coupe anyone?
     
  3. I'll take one.
     
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    I'm going to have to go ahead and say... yes.

    That is all.
     
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    look good, not sure about calling it a GTO though. Not sure I want a more retro GTO either though.

    Looks hot in those pics
     
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    i definitely rock that. the seats are the sex
     
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    SCOOP! Pontiac's secret coupe: What the next GTO could have been

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    By Mike Connor

    This car look familiar? Check the sculpted bodyside and the low-slung greenhouse. Check the wheel-in-each-corner stance and bob-tail rear end. Yep, it's basically the stunning Holden Coupe 60 unveiled in Australia yesterday. But with a modern interpretation of the classic wide-track Pontiac grille up front.

    Now, here's the kicker: These photos are about three years old. This car is the still-born Zeta-based GTO replacement killed off by GM's decision to spend money on fast-tracking the GMT900 trucks into production instead. With funds diverted to GMT900, works on all U.S. Zeta-based products was stopped. This coupe, and a Buick sedan, did not make the cut when the program was re-started some months later.

    Apart from the fact they reveal the Holden Coupe 60 is basically a three-year old design (executed under the direction of Mike Simcoe, the quietly talented Aussie responsible for the Commodore/G8 and now the designer with overall responsibility for all GM rear drive unibody cars) these pictures also show GM was contemplating a radically different front end design for the Zeta-based Pontiacs.

    Had it been approved, this car's "wide-track" look would have appeared on the G8 sedan. However we understand it was a considerably more expensive option than the design that made it into production, primarily because it would have required unique headlights.

    As we said in our story yesterday, the appearance of the Holden Coupe 60 doesn't necessarily mean a new Holden Monaro, and therefore a new Pontiac GTO (or G8 Coupe) is on the way. Holden needs Pontiac volumes to make production of the Monaro viable, but GM officials are worried that with the impending launches of both Dodge Challenger and Chevy Camaro, the U.S. coupe market is fast becoming saturated.

    But what we do know now is GM could build a new GTO if we really wanted one.

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    i just said "sick!" out loud after clicking this thread. Side pipes FTW, that car is sex
     
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    its based on VE architecture, hence the interior, that speculation is bullshit
     
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    when/if it gets to the US market, they will have to add a b-pillar... but even after adding that, it would still be pimp daddy badass... GM should definitely consider making another Monaro based on this car.
     
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    Why would it have to have a b pillar? The CLK's dont
     
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    look at the Camaro and Challenger... both were hardtop concepts... both got b-pillars... it takes alot of added weight to make a car meet the newer, and future, rollover standards without adding a b-pillar... not to mention that a CLK V6 starts around $45k and a Monaro, Camaro and Challenger all top out at $45k or less.
     
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    Just put a roll cage in:naughty:
     
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    Man, talk about your family resemblance. The designers at Holden pretty clearly know they've got a popular design paradigm for their cars, because even the concepts don't push the envelope that much.

    Not saying it's bad to stick with what works, but they could've experimented a little with the appearance.
     

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