It was withdrawn from the US market in , although a few were still on dealers' lots in It was originally based on the Monaro V2 series however, did not carry the Monaro name. It was then shown to the media and public at the Bathurst race a week before the HRT was unveiled at the Sydney Motor Show. With serious exploration of the concept, a Monza was shipped to Australia by Peter Brock but the project was shelved as Holden was more preoccupied, at the time, with engineering work to revamp the Statesman and Gemini range as well as with the launch of the JB Camira. Two special edition CV8-R Monaros were released: It was sold as a right hand drive in South Africa as the Chevrolet Lumina. It's a class act that deserves an encore performance. A Harrop supercharger was installed onto the standard GM 6.
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