Alex Kersten 4 years ago 3
Muscle

The Ultimate Muscle Car? Training Day Thought So

A mate who already owns 17.1-litres worth of Chevy told me he'd found the perfect muscle car...

Remind me later
So last night I was chatting to a mate who currently owns 17.1-litres of Chevy muscle, including a new 7.1-litre Big Block Chevy engine (which he's planning to supercharge and stuff into his current 5.7-litre V8 Pontiac Firebird), plus a 4.3-litre Chevy pick-up I couldn't care less about... What Alex said to me was this: "After nearly two years of looking I've found my dream muscle car..." While I don't pretend to know much about such matters (it's retro BMW and Porsches for me, thanks), my mate's quite the authority when it comes to muscle cars (he's even got a Chevy tatoo!), so I thought I'd take a closer look at the Chevy Monte Carlo SS he was on about. And then I remembered one of my favourite films, Training Day, which featured just that car, and this great, nay epic scene featuring the soothing soundtrack of a certain Doctor:
Now we're all feeling like proper gangsters, let's dig deeper to see what makes this 1979 third-gen Monte Carlo a fan-boy's favourite:

Engine

Yup, it's a V8 obviously, 5.0-litres in displacement which produces a pitiful 190bhp and 240lb ft of torque. Apparently it's the "presence" and "cruisability" of the thing that matters here, however, not the shove. Whether you agree is another matter...

The Look

Hey, if it's good enough for Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington) then it's good enough for me. In fact, I think the Monte Carlo looks brilliant. It's edgy, as aerodynamic as a brick on a brick and thanks to that massive boot, the ideal set of wheels to store bodies, drugs and an array of weaponry. Getting hoes in the back is all the rage too, apparently, but I'm no gardener... And lest we forget what the Monte looks like when hydraulics are employed. Yup, that's pretty special, I'm sure you'll agree:

The Ultimate Muscle Car?

It's not fast and it's not powerful. What it is, however, is the perfect car to listen to Dr. Dre in while you wile away the miles in comfort and utter style. Something tells me though, that I'd look like a complete pillock behind the wheel. Which is exactly why the Chevy Monte Carlo is indeed the ultimate muscle car. But let's not end this on a bum note shall we? Actually, why the hell not?

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  • 1979 Monte Carlo review was brilliant and one of my favorites muscle cars, but truthfully it comes second on my classic muscle car dream list. I would trade that Chevy muscle for a 1987 Buick Grand National, notably their limited edition GNX model. And if the shove doesn’t matter like as much as the look and feel like you say, just add a sound system and hydraulics and I bet any muscle car lover would be torn apart between the Monte Carlo and Grand National forever. Look it up and feel free to introduce your mate some fresh ideas.

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    a year ago
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  • Just as an FYI, the car in training day is not a Monte SS, it’s just a regular Monte Carlo, which make good lowriders, but aren’t really muscle cars. A Monte Carlo SS looks a little different.

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    a year ago
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