Article from drive.com.au
Holden will unveil a new off-road concept car based on its ageing Jackaroo four-wheel-drive at this week's National 4X4 Show, which runs from today until Sunday evening at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
Called the Jack 8, the tough-looking 4WD substitutes the Jackaroo's usual V6 and diesel powerplants for a breathed-on 255kW version of the 5.7-litre "Gen III" V8 that normally sees service in the company's Commodore line-up.
But that's just the start. The roof has been given the flick to make way for an enveloping roll cage, and the back doors have been removed and the fronts stretched 200mm to compensate. The body has also been raised 50mm above the chassis in order to fit the 16-inch wheels and their giant "Baja Claw" tyres.
Inside, the Jack 8 has seats from the Monaro, a Momo steering wheel, a powerful MP3-compatible stereo and a multi-function GPS system.
Holden has no plans to build the Jack 8 in production form. Instead, it will appear at off-road shows around Australia to keep potential buyers aware that the company is expanding its frontiers in the lucrative 4WD market – a process that started with the launch of the tiny Cruze this year and will build pace with the release of the Commodore-based Cross 8 ute, as well as a "crossover" 4WD wagon built from the same platform, next year.
Edit: More info and pics at http://www.ls1.com.au/forum/showthre...&threadid=4966