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Tachin�� up�Xagain: 2005 Pontiac GTO

Motor News Media Corporation
February 26, 2005 CARS2005PONTIACGTO0226
Forty years after the debut of the original, Pontiac introduced the GTO coupe -- a modern day incarnation of classic street performance -- last year. Initially introduced in 1964 as a high-performance option on the otherwise pedestrian Pontiac Tempest, the current coupe stands alone as a separate model and body style.

Based on the Australian-built Holden Monaro CV8, the rear-drive GTO receives more power and torque for 2005 -- a new LS2 6.0L V-8 replaces last year's LS1 5.7L engine. The result of more displacement is 50 more horses with 30 additional lbs.-ft. of torque. This year's GTO is also equipped with larger brake rotors and larger red painted calipers with the GTO logo on the front calipers. Other changes include a revised rear fascia that incorporates outlets for the new split exhaust system, polished exhaust outlet tips and a driver foot rest. Buyers can choose between a six-speed close-ratio manual gearbox or a robust four-speed automatic transmission.

Pontiac considers the flowing, rounded exterior body shell a contemporary interpretation of the classic Pontiac sports coupe. The distinctive, tautly stretched exterior, aggressive lowered stance and sleek, simple form reflect the new clean, athletic styling direction of the nameplate. The aerodynamic lines and cab forward placement of the cockpit places most of the length of the coupe behind the driver. The rear spoiler adds to the overall exterior attitude of the GTO.

At the heart of the GTO is a unitized steel body frame, with one- and two-sided galvanized steel. To this stout platform a four-wheel independent suspension is attached, consisting of MacPherson struts and progressive-rate springs in front and a semi-trailing control-link setup with gas pressure dampers at the rear. A vehicle weight distribution of 55/45 works to keep balance in most situations.

The passenger compartment is arranged in a 2+2 configuration -- with a decidedly import flavor. The instrument cluster features white graphics on a mustard background with a steering wheel that both tilts and telescopes for just the right driving position. Displays and controls are no-nonsense -- minimalist (for Pontiac) yet useful. It��s all about the driving experience.

The center stack is ideal for the upscale Blaupunkt audio system and climate controls, with the power window switches located in the center console. The trip computer is a digital affair that provides driver information in three places in the instrument cluster.

Quick Stats

Wheelbase: 109.8�� ; overall length: 189.8��; width: 72.5��; height: 54.9��

Engine: LS2 6.0L V-8 - 400 hp at 5,200 rpm and 395 lbs-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.

Transmission: Tremec T56 six-speed manual, Hydra-Matic 4L60-E four-speed electronic automatic.

Cargo capacity: 9.0 cubic feet.

EPA Fuel Economy: City: 16 �V 17 Highway: 21 �V 29 (from

Starting MSRP $32,295 (from

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