201 Opel Monza GSE 3.0E A2 (1986)
Opel Monza GSE 3.0E A2 (1978-87) Engine 2968cc S6 OC Production 43,500
Registration Number A 10 GSE
Introduced in 1978, and built to the same specification as the Senator saloon and initially sold in the UK with a 2.5ltr 136bhp, later replaced by the 3.0ltr 180bhp originally only intended as the Opel Monza it was also sold in the UK as the Vauxhall Royale.
The Monza was given a facelift in 1982, as the A2. The A2 looked similar to the A1 overall but with some meagre changes to the front end. The headlights noticeably increase in size, and the front looked more streamlined than that of the A1. Also the chrome parts like bumpers etc. was changed to a matt black finish, or with plastic parts. The bumpers was now made of plastic and made the Monza took on the look of a sports car in appearance, and actually did look like the Opel Manta car, despite the huge size difference. The rear lights were darkened and the orange front indicators was now with white glass, giving a much more modern look to the car. Overall the update was regarded as successful although retrospectively some of the purity of the lines of the early car were lost.
At a time of rising fuel prices, the need for fuel efficiency was becoming paramount, and Opel decided to change the engine specifications of the Monza. This meant introducing both the straight 4 cylinder CIH 2.0E and the 2.2E engines from the Rekord E2. However, as the Monza weighs almost 1400kg, and the 110 or 115bhp of the two engines, the cars were underpowered and thus unpopular. The 2.5E was given a new Bosch injection system so between 135 and 140bhp was available. The 2.8S was taken out of production. The 3.0E and the new 3.0H engines stayed the top of the range. The 3.0E was given an upgraded Bosch fuel injection, which may have taken 3 bhp from the original 180bhp, but crucially gained a small distance on a litre of fuel. The 3.0H only produced 150bhp caused to a very low compression ratio and the fitting of a catalyst.
The last incarnation of the Monza was the GSE edition from 1983; basically the A2 car, but a high-specification model which had Recaro sports seats, digital LCD instruments, and an enhanced all-black interior. It also featured a large rear spoiler on the boot. Also GS/E models are equipped with a 40% limited slip differential, an addition that had to be ordered separately on earlier 3,0E cars when purchasing.
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