It's hard to imagine that the Pontiac GTO might never have made it into production. Had it not been for a small group of managers at Pontiac who were also car enthusiasts and visionaries, the GTO might not have been.
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2005 Pontiac GTO Coupe Initially, the GTO was powered by GMs LS1 V8 making 350hp. For 2005, Pontiac slid the LS2 6.0-liter V8 under the hood, good for 400 hp. Blasting from zero to 60 in less than 5.5 seconds and blitzing the quarter-mile in under 14 ticks means a 2005 Pontiac GTO will simply embarrass nearly any old Goat you could name. Certainly not an old goat in this 2005 GTO from Pontiac. Now with 400hp a homologation of Holden and European style looks, the dyed in the wool GTO fans may not like the new aero look but will relish the performance which the classics cannot even come close to. Only a 3-year run for this car, and it is now an instant classic its only fault with the public back in the day was the Holden/Euro styling which has nary a hint of retro on it. Exterior This styling means that each unit from every company essentially takes on the same traits, and this ubiquitous example plays along exactly with the game. With no reference to the past conquests, integrated headlights, front bumper and lower fog lights are aerodynamically inserted and smoothed over. A slight reference to Pontiac in form is the split front drilled hole grille in black with the arrowhead badge. A hood scoop has been carved into the hood and sports dual openings. All panels are bathed in Impulse Blue Metallic, and its electric! A flared rocker panel moves rearward to a greenhouse long sloping rear glass that ends with a rear spoiler. More integrated taillights rear bumper and finally a black roll pan with a GTO logo flanked by dual zoom tube chrome tipped exhaust. Standard 5 spoke aluminum wheels on all 4 corners and all black trimmings around windows keep it simple. Interior Fashioned from curved molded vinyl and a strip of suede, the door panels are as aerodynamic as the exterior. High back extra bolster support buckets in charcoal gray leather, have an embroidered GTO in their uppers. These seats are power adjustable. In back is a 2 plus 2 bench setup, stretching from B pillar to B pillar. In the center is a curved molded console that makes its way gracefully upward and melting not the dash. On its way is a 6-disc AM/FM/CD radio, green screen readout for information and fan and temp knobs. The dash borrows styling directly from Porsche with the overlapping circle gauges, and more green readouts, under a curved dash top visor. Black carpet for the floors and more molded panels covered with slightly fuzzy material for the headliner. Drivetrain Stuffed under the curved dual vented hood is a living breathing 6.0 Liter V8 LS2 engine. It is in very good condition as is the entire engine bay with no corrosion or rust, all original. EFI feeds it, and a T56 6-speed manual transmission with a 3.46 limited slip rear finishes up the drivetrain. Did I mention it puts out 400 horses?! Undercarriage Up on the lift some slight surface rust but all structurally sound with the unibody construction. All independent suspension, and all power disc brakes, all around for this car. Drive-Ability As expected, this car fired right up, and performed like a 400hp car should on the test track. Seat pushing acceleration, rail like handling, and quick stopping were the norm. All functions were performing as they should, and it is a smooth highway cruiser with low noise factor. A nice example of the new version of the GTO even though someone would have to tell me its a GTO if the badges were not there. Holden/Euro styling has taken over, and now we have an aero car with a big mill. Which in the entire picture is not too bad! VIN DECODE 6G2VX12U45L405685 6-Australia G-General Motors 2-Pontiac V-V2 Series X-GTO 1-Coupe 7-Check Digit G-6.0L LS2 V8 5-2005 L-Elizabeth Plant, Australia 405685-Sequential Unit Number
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