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Segment: Coupe

The resurrection of the Pontiac GTO nameplate came in 2003.

It wasn't a completely new car, but a carried-over Holden Monaro brought to the U.S. market from Australia.

Pontiac fans cried for a revival of the GTO ever since the old muscle car was cut down from the production line in 1974. After 18 years, Bob Lutz (former chairman of the GM) announced that a new generation will come soon. It took them three years to bring the car in the U.S. due to some internal rules. As Lutz stated, it was an “unnecessarily long gestation period”. But the GTO finally hit the showroom in North America in 2004.

The long hood raked A-pillars and sloped back made the car look like it was designed for a sequel of Mad Max. A specific Pontiac grille and narrow headlights made a good impression at first sight. To improve the cooling, a wider grille was installed in the apron. From the side, the ascending beltline and the short trunk increase the sporty image. As a final touch, a small wing was added in the back. The twin tailpipes on the driver's side sounded like a true, old-school, muscle car.

Inside, the GTO featured two sport-bucket seats in the front and a bench in the rear. The instrument cluster featured four dials and four LCD under each of them. On the center stack, there was the stereo system and the climate control unit.

The GTO was assembled in Australia with an LS1, 400 hp American engine, and exported in North America. That led to a high sticker price. Since it came too late to the party, with a dress that was no longer in fashion and with a high sticker-price, the GTO experiment died in just two years.

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PONTIAC GTO 2003 - 2006
  2 gasoline engines
  • 5.7 V8 6MT (350 HP)
  • 6.0 V8 6MT (400 HP)

PONTIAC GTO 5.7 V8 6MT (350 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  5.7 V8 6MT (350 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
5665 cm3
Power
261 KW @ 5200 RPM
350 HP @ 5200 RPM
350 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
365 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
495 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/40R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
189.8 in (4821 mm)
Width
72.5 in (1842 mm)
Height
54.9 in (1394 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.1/62.1 in (1,577/1,577 mm)
Wheelbase
109.8 in (2789 mm)
Cargo Volume
7 cuFT (198 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3726 lbs (1690 kg)

PONTIAC GTO 6.0 V8 6MT (400 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  6.0 V8 6MT (400 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
5970 cm3
Power
297 KW @ 5200 RPM
400 HP @ 5200 RPM
398 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
400 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
542 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Standard Fuel Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
170.3 mph (274 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
5.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/40R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
189.8 in (4821 mm)
Width
72.5 in (1842 mm)
Height
54.9 in (1394 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.1/62.1 in (1,577/1,577 mm)
Wheelbase
109.8 in (2789 mm)
Cargo Volume
7 cuFT (198 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3743.4 lbs (1698 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
16 mpg US (14.7 L/100Km)
Highway
21 mpg US (11.2 L/100Km)
Combined
18.1 mpg US (13 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
309.4 g/km
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