1 March 2001, at the Melbourne International Motor Show:

Holden unveiled a show-stunner, the unique UTEster sports coupe concept. As the name implies, it's a vivid evolution of the Holden Ute theme, created by young designers and loaded with urban cool.

Finished in bright Marque Yellow with contrasting Jet Black accents, the UTEster has a removable glass roof, a rear window that slides out of sight and a tonneau cover with twin aero forms that echo traditional sports car styling cues. Everything about the Holden UTEster, from its 19" alloy wheels five-spoke, in satin finish Titan Silver to its smoke tinted roof, split twin exhausts and custom-designed cabin,excites the eye.

Like the Sandman panel van that was such a crowd-puller at the 2000 Sydney Motor Show premiere, the UTEster began life as a series of sketches penned by a member of Holden's youthful and talented design team. Inspired by the Roadster and Speedster tags given to other sports-oriented GM models, senior designer Peter Hughes, who led the project, also gave the UTEster its unique name.

The UTEster's interior is equally as individual as the exterior. The bold black and yellow theme continues, repeated in the seat trim , Anthracite leather edged in yellow leather baseball stitching, the contoured yellow bulkhead wall, high-gloss centre console and door trims highlighted by yellow armrests and storage pockets.

The UTEster's instrument panel and steering wheel are finished in Anthracite leather and the controls and instrumentation feature satin finish Titan Silver detailing. Luxury custom-fitted extras include an Alpine entertainment system with DVD/VCD/CD, LCD monitor, remote control, 12" sub-woofer, eight additional speakers and flip-down storage between the seats. Brake, clutch and accelerator pedals are machined aluminium.

Practical matters are not forgotten. The high-gloss, body-coloured aero decklid is a split fold design, lockable and with remote release. The front section, finished in matching yellow, opens to accommodate the UTEster's removable glass roof, and the cargo bed takes a full-length load.

Powered by a 5.7 litre GEN III engine matched to 6-speed manual transmission, the UTEster, is an evolution of Holden's VU Ute SS

Features and specifications

Control and Handling

5.7 litre GEN III V8 engine, producing 225 kW of power @ 5,200 rpm

6 speed manual transmission

4 wheel Harrop disc brakes

Anti-lock braking system (ABS)

Independent Rear Suspension (IRS)

Sports Tuned Suspension

Limited Slip Differential

Power Steering

Split Twin Exhaust System


Marque Yellow exterior with Jet Black and glass cockpit

19" alloy wheels and low profile tyres

Harrop brakes with jet black calipers, UTEster graphic

Exclusive Aztec charcoal headlamp treatment

Aero two piece decklid with roof storage bin

Unique rear facia

Race bred aluminium fuel filler

Sports front facia

Lower sports body kit


Power antenna


Jet black interior theme with body colour flow-through

Black leather sports seats with yellow leather baseball stitching

Black leather instrument panel with high gloss facia and Titan silver accents

Black leather steering wheel

Unique UTEster instrumentation

Machined aluminium pedals

Alpine entertainment system with DVD/VCD/CD, LCD monitor, remote control, 12" sub woofer and 8 additional speakers

Body colour door inserts and rear bulkhead

Rear oddments bins

Flip down CD and DVD storage between the seats


Quick release seats for rear access

Power side and rear windows

Lift out glass roof

Steering wheel with height and reach adjust

Electric driver's seat height and tilt function.

Air conditioning

Cruise control

Headlamps auto off function

Rear window demister

Safety and Security

Driver and passenger airbags

Pyrotechnic seat belt pre-tensioners

Anti-submarining seat ramps

Automatic collision engine shut down

Encoded remote key

Engine Immobiliser

Dual stage unlocking

Remote deadlocking

Remote decklid release

Holden concept cars

5.7 litre GEN III V8
6 speed manual transmission
4 wheel Harrop disc brakes
black leather sports seats with yellow baseball stitching
19" alloy wheels
Lift out glass roof
Aero two piece decklid
Remote decklid release
Power rear window