So, the Monolith Viaggio. I intended on running the 1989 IMR RC-038V at the FoS, but no. Therefore you don't get to see it. What I can tell you is that it was turbocharged and rather powerful for a 1980s MPV. But this Post is about the regular Viaggio.
The Monolith Viaggio was part of the Monolith V-450 trio, consisting of the basic Monolith V-450 cargo van and Combi people carrier, the four wheel drive, Monolith Adventurer off-road van and the Viaggio MPV. Each of them shared the basic unibody chassis, with differing engines and suspension setups.
The V-450 had a simple but strong leaf Sprung rear axle just like the N-Series Pickup. The Adventurer used the same front and rear live axles with long travel coil springs as the M130 SUV, while the comfortable Viaggio used car like fully independent suspension with semi trailing arms at the rear.
The Monolith Viaggio was launched in 1988, to capitalize on the recent MPV boom in the USA, and aimed at wealthier customers as there was a higher profit margin to be had and no real competitors at the time.
The Viaggio used four engines of IMPs universal UM92 series, so called due to their shared bore of 92mm. Three of them were Petrol engines with 4, 5 or 6 cylinders. There was also a 3.3L Inline 5 Turbodiesel available. Equipped with an intercooler and a catalytic converter (US spec models even had a particle filter) it produced just shy of 140hp and 320Nm.
Due to its positioning as a luxury MPV standard equipment consisted of Power steering, anti-lock brakes, driver and passenger Airbag, Air conditioning, Cassette radio, Electric windows and electrically adjustable seats. The 3.8L I6 could even be orderded with a traction control System and air suspension from IMPs Opera 560i flagship.
With 240hp and a top speed of nearly 150mph the Viaggio 3.8 was very quick not just for a people carrier, but for any car of its time.
Per Natura the Viaggio was never the biggest seller, but it retains an excellent reputation for its practicality, comfort and car like performance and handling. It has since gained a cult following in Anikatia, where Monolith Vans have become fashion items and some of the most prestigious vehicles in the region.
2.5LSOHC 16V Inline 4 [IMP FA-25FII], 155hp, 230Nm, 1510kg, 206kph (1988-1995)
3.2L SOHC 20V Inline 5 [IMP PA-32F], 194hp, 288Nm, 1565kg, 218kph (1988-1995)
3.8L SOHC 24V Inline 6 [IMP H-138EII], 240HP, 352Nm, 1640kg, 237kph (1988-1995)
Viaggio 330TD Intercooled
3.3L SOHC 10V Inline 5 Turbodiesel [IMP D533 T-V140 C], 137hp, 320Nm, 1588kg, 191kph (1988-1995)