One of the cornerstones of Chevrolet’s performance engineering of the 1980s has come to the Xbox One’s Forza Horizons 2: the 1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS.
Let’s get those champagne corks popping!
1988 was the final year for the rear-wheel drive Monte Carlo, before being revived in 1995 as a FWD car. The SS-badged model of the late 1980s was the pinnacle of the RWD car’s development, although emissions regulations had cut the power substantially starting in the 1970s. This particular car, with the 305 cubic-inch V8 as the only available engine, put down around 180 horses.
Autoblog proclaims that the inclusion of the Monte Carlo SS is “leading the charge in the hearts and minds of the [staff],” and it is indeed perhaps one of the most quintessentially “80s” of all GM products. When new, it was priced at a tick over $19,000, or nearly $40,000 in today’s money. The Monte Carlo was the face of Chevrolet in NASCAR in the 1980s, a decent-performing, relatively attainable, front-engine rear-wheel drive “personal-luxury” coupe.
This is despite being decidedly underpowered. But while it clearly doesn’t have the same kick as the Buick GNX, the 1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS represented solid 80s American performance engineering, with a classic layout, and just the right amount of retro 80s panache.