Join Date: May 2001
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow
From the Canberra Times
The Holden Monaro is officially a ''gas guzzler''.
Accelerated plans to export the V8 Monaro to the US as the Pontiac GTO mean that the coupe will be the first car sold by General Motors since 1994 to be subjected to the so-called ''gas guzzler'' tax.
This federal tax penalises any passenger car - but not a pick-up truck or ''sport-utility vehicle'' - which achieves an average fuel consumption lower than 22.5mpg (12.5 litres/100km) by adding thousands of dollars to its list price. The V10 Dodge Viper, for instance, cops a $US3000 ($A5360) ''gas-guzzler'' tax.
Fuel consumption tests conducted to Australian standards show the V8 automatic Monaro with its 225kW engine returns an average 13.0 litres per 100km (21.7mpg) during city driving, and 8.0 litres/100km (35.3mpg) during country driving.
However, it's not the 225kW engine that the US market wants.
''For a car to be credible, accepted as a rebirth of the rear-drive American muscle car, it has got to have that rocket-sled acceleration off the line,'' Bob Lutz, GM's vice chairman for product development, said at a media event in Munich, Germany.
This suggests Lutz wants the Pontiac GTO to produce the higher rate of power provided by the Holden Special Vehicles version of the Monaro: 255kW.
Holden can't make that happen because to achieve the desired economies of scale it has to build the US cars ''on line'' at its South Australian plant.
If Lutz is adamant about his Pontiac's power numbers, Holden may be forced to ship the cars to the US with their ''standard'' engines, then have power-lifting modifications performed there.
You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, 'Parking Fine.'So that was nice.