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2004 HSV Coupe 4

2004 HSV Coupe 4

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 &

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
engine HSV LS1 V8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
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
driven wheels 4WD
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
gear ratios :1
final drive 3.46:1
0 – 60 mph ~6.1 seconds