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The 1973 Holden HQ Monaro GTS 350 is a classic muscle car manufactured by Australian automaker Holden.

Based on the HQ revision of the second generation Monaro, the GTS 350 was designated as the top-of-the-line model with a 350 ci (7.0 litre) V8 engine.

The GTS 350 appears in Forza Horizon 3 as the sixth barn find located within the Dry Reservoir setting. It is also featured with a S1 upgrade preset.

DescriptionEdit

The HQ Monaro is considered one of the most attractive body designs to ever come from Australian manufacturer Holden. American muscle car enthusiasts may even mistake the Monaro for a Pontiac GTO. While there may be similarities, the Monaro is unique to the island continent. As the moniker suggests, a GTS 350 has a 350-cubic-inch Chevrolet V8 under the hood. The HQ was something of a last gasp for the muscle car status the Monaro had attained. The HQ’s bold striping spoke to an aggressive nature that was all-too-short lived. In later years, Holden would de-emphasize performance, eliminate the availability of a manual transmission, and, eventually, discontinue the 350. Still, in its time, the GTS 350 was one of the kings of the Australian road.
— Forzamotorsport.net[1] 

CharacteristicsEdit

The GTS 350 is based on a somewhat front-heavy rear-wheel drive platform that weighs 3150 lb (1429 kg). With a 275 hp (279 PS; 205 kW) 5.7 litre V8 engine and 4-speed manual transmission, it is able to reach 135 mph (218 km/h) as top speed.

StatisticsEdit

Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide Speed 4.9 
Handling 4.9 
Acceleration 7.0 
Launch 6.7 
Braking 4.1 
C 514

Unlock: Barn Find (Dry Reservoir)
Top Speed: 135.8 mph  (218.5 km/h) Championship: Classic Muscle
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 6.900 s 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 16.000 s
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 130.1 ft (39.7 m) 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 336.5 ft (102.6 m)
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): 0.97 g 120 mph (193 km/h): 0.86 g
Icon Bodykit Invert Upgrade Preset
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide Speed 8.4 
Handling 7.5 
Acceleration 8.9 
Launch 8.5 
Braking 9.2 
S1 887

Unlock: Purchase from the Autoshow 75,000 CR
Top Speed: 362.7 mph  (583.6 km/h) Championship: Classic Muscle
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 4.168 s 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 7.306 s
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 38.4 ft (11.7 m) 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 92.3 ft (28.1 m)
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): 1.02 g 120 mph (193 km/h): 1.02 g

ConversionsEdit

Icon Engine Conversion - Engine
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide 6.2 L V8 - C 453
8.4 L V10 - C 556
6.5 L V12 - C 575
Icon Drivetrain Conversion - Drivetrain
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide AWD - C 529
Icon Aspiration Conversion - Aspiration
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide Positive Displacement Supercharger - C 519
Twin Turbo - C 525
Centrifugal Supercharger (engine swaps only)

Driving CharacteristicsEdit

The 5.7 litre V8 engine gives the GTS 350 decent acceleration, although it does suffer from its long 4th gear when going uphill. Due to a slow steering and sluggish suspension, the GTS 350 may prove to be handful in corners.

With the S1 upgrade preset, the GTS 350 receives a significant power bump from a 6.2 litre V8 engine that produces 1014 hp (1028 PS; 756 kW) and 841 ft·lb (1140 Nm) of torque. As a result, its rear tyres often become overwhelmed by the excessive torque output. Neverthless, the GTS 350 does feature strong grip performance that can only be achieved with proper throttle management.

TriviaEdit

  • In Forza Horizon 3, the GTS 350 reaches S1 as its maximum performance class with the auto-upgrade feature, but is able to reach S2 with conversion upgrades.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Forzamotorsport.net description

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