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2008 Holden Coupe 60 Concept

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2008 Holden Coupe 60 Concept
Two-Door Thunder from Down Under
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GM Holden marked the diamond anniversary of its first all Australian car by unveiling a stunning two-door performance thoroughbred called Holden Coupe 60.

Holden 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, Holden 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, Holden 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."

Holden Coupe 60 – Specifications and Features:

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.
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.



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Build it!

Oh wait, I forgot about 3 letters: GME. Not gonna happen. GME sucks.

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That's not very nice to say.

It's not very nice to deny us the cars we WANT.

Build it!

Oh wait, I forgot about 3 letters: GME. Not gonna happen. GME sucks.

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This car is so damn sexy! a Hardtop too! Please, oh please build it! I'd sacrifice the entire Hummer Brand to have it!l

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It's not very nice to deny us the cars we WANT.

This car is so damn sexy! a Hardtop too! Please, oh please build it! I'd sacrifice the entire Hummer Brand to have it!l

Agreed...Hummer is pointless poser bling $h!e...this would be fantastic for Pontiac..

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OH wow ... I like that a lot.

And it is a coupe, too!!!

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That's not very nice to say.

I'm sorry if the truth hurts.

Here's a chop of a Pontiac version I found:

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I'm sorry if the truth hurts.

Here's a chop of a Pontiac version I found:

gto_new.jpg

:wub::idhitit::hot::thumbsup:

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What is not to love... what is not to want with this car? It is GM at its pinnacle, something we haven't seen much of in decades. GM Design still has within it a brilliance no other company can duplicate. The CTS in all its iterations, the Malibu, the Enclave, and now this stunning vehicle prove it can be done. Vehicle design can still elicit emotion in people. An instant connection, an enticement to buy that trumps all other criteria. It is not all about fuel economy, Mr. Carl-Peter Forster, or FWD deadness. This car and others like it is the Way to Salvation, because even for people who don't buy it (and there would be plenty who will, bet on it), millions more will admire it as a GM product and be more apt to look closer at the myriad GM products.

This car must be built, and it must come here as a Pontiac. Combine Saturn with Opel if you please. Sell a Daewoo here as a Chevrolet Aveo if you must, but DO NOT apply a double standard against cooperation between Pontiac and Holden for some stupid, murky, personal reasons that are counterproductive to GM's health, both here and abroad.

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What is not to love... what is not to want with this car? It is GM at its pinnacle, something we haven't seen much of in decades. GM Design still has within it a brilliance no other company can duplicate. The CTS in all its iterations, the Malibu, the Enclave, and now this stunning vehicle prove it can be done. Vehicle design can still elicit emotion in people. An instant connection, an enticement to buy that trumps all other criteria. It is not all about fuel economy, Mr. Carl-Peter Forster, or FWD deadness. This car and others like it is the Way to Salvation, because even for people who don't buy it (and there would be plenty who will, bet on it), millions more will admire it as a GM product and be more apt to look closer at the myriad GM products.

This car must be built, and it must come here as a Pontiac. Combine Saturn with Opel if you please. Sell a Daewoo here as a Chevrolet Aveo if you must, but DO NOT apply a double standard against cooperation between Pontiac and Holden for some stupid, murky, personal reasons that are counterproductive to GM's health, both here and abroad.

:yes:

I love this car, there's not a single it doesn't look amazing from. I would buy this over a Challenger or a Charger, and as a Mopar fan, that's saying a LOT. I would even take this over the Camaro (blasphemy?!).

I like it so much I put it in my sig, the only thing I chopped was the color, because it's about as close to perfect as I've seen.

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Well they said no Holden Coupe or GTO. Could they have changed their mind? Or was it one of the famed Holds.

This looks like the concept drwings we saw of the GTO a few years ago but as normal they always look better in sheetmetal.

Either way 5-8 years of this car here as a Pontiac wouldf be fine and then replace it with a smaller lighter Alpha.

I do ponder it is a hard top so I wonder how much more this will cost over the Camaro it brought here.

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Without an export program it's unlikely this will get off the ground. Holden only sold a couple hundred of the previous Monaro a month (people preferred the much smaller and almost as expensive Astra Cabrio). It also seems unlike the aborted Zeta Monaro, which was described to me by Mooney as less of a true 4-seater, and more of an occasional 2+2 with a much longer hood, as previous buyers indicated no real use for the rear seats.

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FYI this is the kind of project that can go from drawing board to production in 12 months, as it is largely an existing model. GM did as much with the Vectra-based Calibra nearly 20 years ago.

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its going to be built... its going to ...trust me.....its gonna be built

im banking on prayers right now!

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GM, if you bring this here as a GTO; it'll sell like crazy! I'll buy one!

F*ck GME... They can't even run their 3 "global brands" successfully... Much less GMNA.

The tail doesn't need to wag the dog.

As far as CAFE... Sell 10,000 of them a year and call it a day.

And no, I don't want an Alpha version with some piece of crap 4 cylinder... Use lighter materials in the Zeta volume models and you'll be fine

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Use lighter materials in the Zeta volume models and you'll be fine

Exactly what I've been thinking more or less. The curb weight of Zeta could be scaled back a few hundred pounds by using lighter weight materials for the hood, roof panel, trunk lid, and in suspension components. It most certainly wouldn't hurt GM to rip a page out of the text book Mazda used with the Miata (the "gram strategy"), except they need to apply to not only smaller cars, but larger ones as well.

And there is a market for this car. GM need not make the mistake of letting inferior internal sources suggest otherwise. That would be ignorant. It most certainly would sell in Australia and the United States and in China, as well, as a Buick.

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What is not to love... what is not to want with this car? It is GM at its pinnacle, something we haven't seen much of in decades. GM Design still has within it a brilliance no other company can duplicate. The CTS in all its iterations, the Malibu, the Enclave, and now this stunning vehicle prove it can be done. Vehicle design can still elicit emotion in people. An instant connection, an enticement to buy that trumps all other criteria. It is not all about fuel economy, Mr. Carl-Peter Forster, or FWD deadness. This car and others like it is the Way to Salvation, because even for people who don't buy it (and there would be plenty who will, bet on it), millions more will admire it as a GM product and be more apt to look closer at the myriad GM products.

This car must be built, and it must come here as a Pontiac. Combine Saturn with Opel if you please. Sell a Daewoo here as a Chevrolet Aveo if you must, but DO NOT apply a double standard against cooperation between Pontiac and Holden for some stupid, murky, personal reasons that are counterproductive to GM's health, both here and abroad.

and the forces against this car

-renegade states that enact legislation above and beyond national standards

-media which convinces the public that only toyota is a good car and flood the market with soulless asian cars

-dealers who would gouge at the first opportunity

-a national witch hunt, no, make that global, against cars like this in general

compare this car to the pansy accord coupe. for about the same price. yummy i like this car.

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The perfect car for Pontiac right now, a coupe that could run with the Germans. GM please build this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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There is a set of photographs apparently taken with a telephoto lens, showing this car as a proposed Pontiac GTO with a full-width split Pontiac grille over at Motor Trend magazine's website. According to the site, they were taken a couple of years ago and used as a basis for some renderings some of us may have seen back then, published in the magazine. The car looks great in the pictures. The full-width grille looks great. I only wish the photos were bigger.
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There is a set of photographs apparently taken with a telephoto lens, showing this car as a proposed Pontiac GTO with a full-width split Pontiac grille over at Motor Trend magazine's website. According to the site, they were taken a couple of years ago and used as a basis for some renderings some of us may have seen back then, published in the magazine. The car looks great in the pictures. The full-width grille looks great. I only wish the photos were bigger.

The GTO proposal Mr. Blu is referencing is right here.

Personally, I love that front end. It's quite nice.

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