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Segment: Coupe

Unlike the 1964 model, when the GTO was an option package, in 1970, it was a specific model, and it showed it not only on the outside but also on the drag-strip where it was a fierce contender.

Designed to rule the muscle car arena, the GTO was still considered THE muscle car of all kinds. It offered enough to win almost any kind of drag race, but the rest was up to the driver.

The outside look of the car marked a return to the horizontally-mounted twin-headlamps, unlike the ’65 model, which featured the vertically-mounted ones. But perhaps the most important part of the 1970 model year was the body shape, which was much smoother than before. The design team dropped the angular lines and sharp angles for curves and soft edges. Its long hood hosted two vents, and the greenhouse featured a long, sloped rear window. All four side windows could roll down completely, creating a faux-cabriolet shape for the car.

Inside, the GTO offered a vinyl interior with bucket seats with wide headrests at the front and a bench in the rear. The floor-mounted gear stick for the manual transmission separated the front seats and was mounted on the tall center transmission tunnel.

Under the hood, Pontiac offered the GTO with two engine versions: a 6.5-liter V8 and a mighty 7.5-liter V8, both being paired to a standard three-speed manual. GM also provided an option for a close-ratio four-speed manual. As expected, a limited-slip differential was a standard feature for the GTO.

PONTIAC GTO 1970 - 1974
PONTIAC GTO (1970 - 1974)
PONTIAC GTO 1970 - 1974
  2 gasoline engines
  • 6.5 V8
  • 7.5 V8

PONTIAC GTO 6.5 V8

ENGINE SPECS  –  6.5 V8
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
6548 cm3
Power
261 KW @ 5000 RPM
350 HP @ 5000 RPM
350 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
445 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
603 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 3 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
G78 X 14
DIMENSIONS
Length
202.9 in (5154 mm)
Width
76.7 in (1948 mm)
Height
52.3 in (1328 mm)
Front/rear Track
61/60 in (1,549/1,524 mm)
Wheelbase
112 in (2845 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3781 lbs (1715 kg)

PONTIAC GTO 7.5 V8

ENGINE SPECS  –  7.5 V8
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
7462 cm3
Power
269 KW @ 4300 RPM
364 HP @ 4300 RPM
361 BHP @ 4300 RPM
Torque
500 lb-ft @ 2700 RPM
678 Nm @ 2700 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 3 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
G78 X 14
DIMENSIONS
Length
202.9 in (5154 mm)
Width
76.7 in (1948 mm)
Height
52.3 in (1328 mm)
Front/rear Track
61/60 in (1,549/1,524 mm)
Wheelbase
112 in (2845 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3781 lbs (1715 kg)
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