Is the Chevrolet Monte Carlo of the early 2000s worth reviving? Talented rendering artist The Sketch Monkey thinks so, and he has a new video reworking the design to adapt it to the modern world.
The Sketch Monkey refers to this iteration of the Monte Carlo look as “melted cheese” because of the rounded corners which create a very soft exterior aesthetic. There is nothing sharp or angular in the appearance of the coupe.
This video focuses on revising the rear of the model and makes the tail more like the more angular Monte Carlo of the 1980s. Thin and straight tail lights are on each side of the trunk. A spoiler is integrated into the trunk lid. The Sketch Monkey also removes part of the body covering on the side, but usually doesn’t change much. It replaces the original five-spoke wheels with a more modern multi-spoke design.
Initially, this generation of Monte Carlo was available with a 3.4-liter V6 developing 180 horsepower (134 kilowatts) or a 3.8-liter V6 with 200 hp (149 kW) for the SS finish level. For the 2004 and 2005 model years, there was a supercharged version of the 3.8-liter V6 developing 240 hp (179 kW).
Chevy presented a refreshed Monte Carlo for the 2006 model year which has lost much of the “processed cheese” style that The Sketch Monkey complains about. The coupe then left in 2007MY and did not return. The Monte Carlo SS came out with a blow, as these models were available with a 5.3-liter V8 developing 303 hp (226 kW).
There is no sign of the name of Monte Carlo coming back. The nickname has a close association with coupes, and they are rare in the current Chevy range. Even the Camaro would go.