Its fair to say that GM Holden stole the show in Melbourne this year. On the opening day of the Melbourne Motor Show, they unveiled the Coupe 60, a car whose existence had been kept remarkably quiet. Nobody expected to see a Coupe version of the VE Commodore, we all thought it was a development dead-end but obviously Holden thought otherwise.
The result is stunning, a fact that even Ford fans will grudgingly admit. Coupe 60 celebrates the six decades since GM Holden built the 48-215 at its Fishermans Bend plant in Port Melbourne, Victoria, and provides a glimpse of Holden?s future directions in design, engineering and emerging engine technologies.
Exemplifying sports luxury, Coupe 60 is a pillarless concept car that explores the limits of Holden?s current rear-wheel drive capabilities, combining racing looks and technology into a road going sportscar experience.
It features pillarless coupe construction and V8 a supercar inspired cockpit layout with a complimenting side-exiting chambered exhaust system with billet alloy tips.
Coupe 60 is almost 60mm shorter than the VE sedan on whose platform it is based. It sits on 21-inch centre-lock alloy wheels with uniquely designed Kumho high performance semi-slick tyres.
Other racing-derived enhancements include full flat under body, rear underbody air diffuser and functional rear deck-lid spoiler with unique LED tail lamps.
The interior also has several unique features, including one piece carbon fibre bucket seats and a sports-inspired flat bottomed steering wheel with integrated shift light display and LCD sports instrument cluster.
The high gloss carbon fibre carries through to doors and rear trim providing a contrast to the leather trimmed instrument panel and black suede trimmed pillars, headliners and parcel shelf.
Details and accents are picked out with a distinctive red high shine leather on the seats and dark gunmetal finish and satin chrome on the consoles and doors.
Front seats are adjustable fore and aft to allow easy access to the rear, with four-point race harness restraints for all seating positions.
Under the bonnet, Holden showcases the future of V8?s in Australia with a 6.0 litre V8 that incorporates the latest technologies such as active fuel management and the ability to run happily on E85 ethanol fuel.
Even the paint is a one-off. Called ?Diamond Silver? by Holden designers, it gives a liquid aluminium finish that almost slides off the bodywork.
GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mark Reuss said, ?Coupe 60 is Holden's 60th anniversary gift to its fans worldwide. What they all want to know now, is will the Coupe 60 become a production reality?