2004 HSV Coupe 4
All wheel drive coupe sets a new standard for Australian performance cars. The ‘all paw’ HSV Coupe 4 is evolved from Australia’s favourite sports car, the Holden Monaro, which made its own high-profile debut at the Sydney Motor Show two years ago.
The first all wheel drive (AWD) sports coupe to be produced in Australia, the Coupe 4 is the dynamic result of a creative collaboration between HSV and Holden powertrain, chassis engineering and design specialists. No futuristic concept, the HSV Coupe 4 goes on sale in June 2004. It will be priced under $95 000 AUD.
The Coupe 4 is equipped with an HSV-enhanced, 27OkW 5.7 litre LS1 V8, matched to a four-speed automatic transmission. Power is transferred to the tarmac through all four wheels via a traction control-based HSV Quad Drive permanent all wheel drive system, which is calibrated to provide exceptional grip in wide range of surface conditions.
The HSV Coupe 4 is equipped with a HSV Performance braking system comprising 336x32mm ventilated and grooved front discs and 315x18mm ventilated and grooved rear discs. Its 19×8 inch alloy wheels are shod with Pirelli P-Zero directional tyres, and HSV’s unique AWD ‘low ride’ sports series suspension set-up delivers a flat, supple ride quality that complements its prodigious inherent handling abilities.
A torque split of 38 per cent front and 62 per cent rear gives the Coupe 4 a sporty rear-drive bias.
With plenty of basic evidence as to ifs sports capability – a wider than average stance, flared arches over 19-inch wheels, large air intake and a quartet of big bore exhaust outlets – the Coupe 4 design treatment is more Euro-chic than aggressive.
Incorporated info the well-balanced styling package are a unique grille, Senotor- style front facia with mesh inserts, black bezel headlamps and High Intensity Discharge driving lamps, smoothly integrated wheel arch extensions, 19-inch alloys with HSV-embossed red front disc calipers, sculpted side skirts and technical mesh rear inserts.
Exterior finishes – Phantom Black, Sting Red and Quicksilver – can be colour-co-ordinated with a choice of plush fabric or leather-trimmed interiors in Anthracite and Ochre.
o accommodate its all wheel drive powertrain componentry, increased track and larger wheels, the HSV Coupe 4 requires extensive sheet metal and chassis system modifications.
These modifications will be carried out on a new, dedicated production line at Elizabeth before the vehicles are transferred to the Holden Special Vehicles facility in Clayton, Victoria, to be hand-finished- HSV Coupe 4 production is scheduled to begin in May 2004.
Story by Holden Special Vehicles & Supercars.net
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|engine||HSV LS1 V8|
|valvetrain||2 Valves per Cyl w/Pushrod actuation|
|fuel feed||Sequential Fuel Injection|
|displacement||5665 cc / 345.7 in³|
|bore||99 mm / 3.9 in|
|stroke||92 mm / 3.62 in|
|power||270 kw / 362.1 bhp @ 5700 rpm|
|specific output||63.92 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||200.94 bhp per tonne|
|torque||475 nm / 350.3 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm|
|front tires||245/35 ZR19 Pirelli P-Zero|
|rear tires||245/35 ZR19 Pirelli P-Zero|
|front brakes||Vented & Grooved Discs w/ABS, EBD, Twin-Piston Calipers|
|f brake size||x 336 mm / x 13.2 in|
|rear brakes||Vented & Grooved Discs w/ABS, EBD|
|r brake size||x 315 mm / x 12.4 in|
|front wheels||F 48.3 x 20.3 cm / 19.0 x 8 in|
|rear wheels||R 48.3 x 20.3 cm / 19 x 8 in|
|steering||Rack & Pinion|
|f suspension||MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs, Stabilizer Bar|
|r suspension||Multi Link w/HSV AWD Low Ride Sport Suspension|
|curb weight||1802 kg / 3973 lbs|
|wheelbase||2788 mm / 109.8 in|
|front track||1610 mm / 63.4 in|
|rear track||1615 mm / 63.6 in|
|length||4789 mm / 188.5 in|
|width||1840 mm / 72.4 in|
|height||1397 mm / 55.0 in|
|transmission||HSV Calibrated 4L65 4-Speed Auto|
|0 – 60 mph||~6.1 seconds|