Used Vauxhall Monaro Coupe 2004 - 2007 review

Category: Sports car

Section: What is it like?

2004 - 2007 review
Vauxhall Monaro Coupe (04 - 07)
  • Vauxhall Monaro Coupe (04 - 07)
  • Vauxhall Monaro Coupe (04 - 07)
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What's the used Vauxhall Monaro coupe like?

It's best to think of the Monaro as a simple, effective and affordable alternative to BMW's M3. Its 5.7-litre V8 comes in three states of tune, from 'just' 328bhp all the way to 381bhp. Then there's the 6.0 V8 VXR with 397bhp that's good for 170mph.

In other words, there's no such thing as a slow Monaro. It just depends on how quickly you want to get where you're going and how much fuel you want to use in the process.

What's not as impressive as the performance is the cabin, which uses too much cheap plastic. Still, it's got plenty of space, and it's comfortable thanks to the supple suspension. The Monaro also makes a fine long distance machine thanks to the big V8 engines' lazy power delivery, relaxed sixth gear and good refinement.