Hers and His Pontiac GTOs: Californian Muscle Car Couple

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When your driveway is adorned with a pair of Pontiac GTOs belonging to you and your SO, you know you’re doing it right. This is what one couple in California can pride themselves with and you can see his and her modern-day GTOs in the pic above.
His example has the hood scoops while hers doesn’t, which could indicate that they have different engines, but we can’t be certain about this - the hood scoops were optional for the 2004 model year, the first of the new-age GTO, while these became standard from the 2005 MY on.

More importantly, the 2004 GTOs were motivated by a 5.7-liter LS1 V8 delivering 350 hp, while from 2005 onwards the Pontiac was gifted with a 400 hp LS2 6-liter V8. Either way, this couple likes to play with over 700 horses under the Californian sun.

Why the Pontiac GTO is a good choice

When the modern-day Pontiac GTO showed up in 2004, the car split opinions. On one hand, it was criticized for being a reskinned Holden, with the main issue here concerning the styling. The design of the GTO was seen as too bland compared to that of the original, the car that’s credited with starting the muscle car craze. Then there was the competition - take a look at a 2005 Ford Mustang, the first model year for the modern ‘Stang and you’ll understand.

On the other hand, the GTO, especially from the 2005 model year onwards, offers solid performance for decent money, something any car enthusiasts on a budget is looking for. The vehicle went out of production after 2006, but nowadays it makes full sense as a used car purchase.

2004 model year GTOs trade hands for between 9 and 14 thousand dollars, while the 2005 and 2006 model years usually climb up to 25 grand. Interestingly enough, this seems to be the financial level where the original GTOs start, but go for a cool example and you’ll have to pay about 50 or 60 grand for it.

It’s all too facile to sit behind a keyboard and spill some hate over the GTO, but many would love to live the automotive life of this couple.
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