Okay, I admit we didn't hit a freeway and do big speed overtaking moves, we were only on 60kmph streets, but boy I was left wondering what the fuss was about after 2 rides in a new Monaro the other afternoon.
The guy traded in his VS Calais for it and has a towball to tow a trailerboat. "Come with me and I can show off my new car," says he. "What is it?" says I. "No questions till we get there," he says as we get in. Its low and on real low profile slot car tyres. He's already had a front one go flat and dag the lower part of the passneger side spoiler. (Its still just black plastic under the fancy silver paint). Inside it had a flashy red speedo and tach and a mirror which is an emergency phone. Seats were the usual vinyl stuff and all black. And low in the car. No thanks thinks me. Well its an auto and the engine is.... I spent the next 10 mins trying to pick up from noises whether it was a 6 or an 8. Waste of time: no audio clues even without the radio gizmo switiched on. I didn't want to look stupid and ask him what engine it was. I looked for a badge. Nuh. Hmmm.
Again, on the way back, I asked a few questions aimed at giving him the opportunity to fill in the blanks for me: "I used to have a VN 5.0L chaser and it growled a bit and the turbo 400 auto was great. But my petrol card used to rack up $450 a month..." I said.
Still quiet. Tried again with another question like the first and I finally got the answer, half-way back to the carpark. "This 5.7 is heaps better than my old 5.0L..." he finally starts saying. Yeah, right.
Um. It had no V8 sound. It accelerated real good etc, but I may as well have been riding in the monorail at Circular Quay. And the size of the monthly bill to AGC!!!
I reckon the money it depreciates every month equals the amount he pays over as an installment! How do they sell these things? Where's the payoff?
For my money, my brother in law's old Z? 351 Fairlane had more excitement. Muscle cars must have rumbles and character.
Monaro - Lame Over.
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One of the guys i work with spotted my car last night and caught up with me, he drives a vt series 2 ss, with the gen 3, he got extensive exhaust work done and is now at about 297kw at the fly. He was tailing me (no idea who it was at this stage) and then drove next to me at the lights, when he booted it, it so didnt sound like an 8, even with the exhaust done, it pales compared to the xr's, or even an ea with a decent exhaust lol.
Yeah I agree with you XF Crazy, the Viper has been a favourite of mine since it was launched. I remember going to the States back in 1996 and we were on a bus going from L.A. Airport to the hotel with a whole lot of other Aussies. Then a Viper rocked up next to us at the lights and because it was the first time we had seen one in the flesh everyone suddenly came over to my side of the bus to catch a glimpse.
I'm aware of an oil-related recall, but until I have spoken to unbiased people on the matter, I will continue to praise the GenIII. It dates back to 1996 from memory, compared to the '60s engine Ford is using. I am not saying this to attack the Ford, but to defend the Chevy.
Jack Travis, E-Series Acting President
1989 Ford Fairmont Ghia turbo/GL replica (underway)
1994 Eunos 800M
1990 Ford Laser S
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