How to Customize a Monte Carlo


Discontinued in 2007, the Chevy Monte Carlo started life as a high-powered muscle car that made it Motor Trends "car of the Year" in 1973. The late 90s Monte Carlo automobiles were reduced to economy 6-cylinder engines that focused more on miles per gallon than horsepower and torque. However, the Monte Carlo offered an 8-cylinder engine in its last year of production that competed with the muscle car regeneration of Ford. The last of the Monte Carlos have become highly sought after for their ability to be upgraded to unleash even more horsepower.

Things You'll Need

  • Supercharger kit
  • Limited slip differential
  • Computer tuner
  • Nitrous oxide injection kits
  • Install a Monte Carlo SS supercharger. A supercharger mechanically forces air into the engine allowing for 0 to 60 MPH in 6.5 seconds on the Monte Carlo. Chevy did offer the supercharger on the SS Monte Carlos, so the modification can be done at a dealer repair facility. Other manufacturers like Vortec make them as well, so you have multiple options for which supercharger you can install. Superchargers offer the most horsepower gains available in a naturally aspirated application.

  • Install a limited slip differential in the car's rear end. According to Automobile, the 2007 Monte Carlo does not come with a limited slip differential. This means that all of the horsepower going to the ground has to go though one tire. The other tire doesn't have power going to it. This causes a dramatic loss of traction when horsepower has been increased, which defeats the purpose of adding horsepower because the car's tires will just spin under hard acceleration.

  • Tune the computer system with a sport tuner. This will allow you to access restricted horsepower. Chevy restricts horsepower to meet government restrictions on pollution and safety. There are many performance tuners that can help with improving performance via the computer.

  • Install nitrous oxide injection. Nitrous can add instant horsepower to your Monte Carlo by forcing cold air into the engine. These horsepower gains can range from a few hundred horsepower to 1,000 horsepower, depending on how the engine is set up and how many stages of nitrous you use. This is a major modification and is the absolute most horsepower you can bolt on to an automobile. This type of horsepower should be used as a boost and not a consistent fuel additive due to the destructive effect it can have on an engine.

Tips & Warnings

  • Most modifications made to an automobile can affect the car's classification. This means a car with nitrous or that's computer-tuned may not be street legal where you live. If you plan on keeping your Monte Carlo street legal, you should refer to your local laws before making any changes.

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