Was out doin a bit of tourin on the weekend with some mates down at Deep Creek Conservation Park (Near Victor Harbour), when we stumbled across a pre-production Adventura out gettin some miles on it. Pulled up alongside of it an happened to be someone i know who works for Holdens. Stopped for awhole an had a chat about it with him an had a gander all over it.
I have to say it's a pretty impressive motor car, it was an LX8 which is the top of the range jobby with leather interior.
Looking underneath there's surprisingly alot of ground clearance, everything is tucked up out of the way nice an neat.
Something a lil different is the rear tailgate/window, which can operate like a normal wagon back or you can open up just the rear window the same style by pushing a button. Not sure wether it was on the remote or dash mounted. My first thought was how gimmiky, but talkin an thinkin about it, it would be quite useful.
When he was leavin we got him to go out through this quite steep lil track that was washed out an rutted quite badly, bein dry an rocky it was fairly grippy but there was a few loose rocks an a bit off gravel on it. Didn't spin a wheel, went up easy as. He then stopped on some loose sandy/dusty gravel, probly bout a 20 degree slope an fed it. Just took of without spinnin a wheel, backed up an did it again with more gas, same result.
The driver was sayin that he was gettin into it on the road earlier in the day an it was sittin on the road very nice round corners.
Being priced at about 5 grand more than an equivelant spec holden station wagon, i reckon they have killed their wagon sales.
As ya might have gathered i was quite impressed, if i was looking for a family car i would definintly have to consider one. Hopefully the Territory is equally or rather more impressive. Pity the Territory wont be comin with a V8, as it sounded pretty sweet when he gave it a bootfull takin off.
Oh an another thing,
Coming March, 2004 to an HSV dealer near you...... 300kw AWD MONARO!!!
there's one sittin in holdens factory now!!