Pontiac GTO Review

Posted on 23. Apr, 2004 by in Auto News

Nostalgia is not what it once was. Once thought heritage brand loyal customers. "I'm a Chevy man" actually meant something. These days, Chevrolet sold a Korean compact Chevy with about as much DNA as the Manchurian Ring-necked Pheasant. Ford offers a retro-Thunderbird, its driving dynamics, ergonomics and style would have found few takers in 1955. And the new Pontiac GTO is a distant cousin of the old GTO and twice removed.

The original GTO started life in 1964 as an option on a 382 Pontiac Tempest LeMans. Two hundred and $ 95 bought a bigger engine (389 cubic inches) and scoops (non-functional). The new GTO is an Australian coupe, slightly modified for the American market, with a 5.7-liter V8. In other words, if you are looking for a heritage freak for a connection between the old "goat" and which are new, not to interfere. Unlike its famous predecessor, the new GTO has no relationship with other Pontiac car, ever.

Is that really important? Should not we cut some slack, the new GTO, and just thank God (aka Bob Lutz) that Pontiac sold a performance car that actually performs? Ask the man who works on my local bar. He used have a black GTO. "Is that the new goat? It looks like a car."

Slack gone. At least, Pontiac made the Monaro have a car on steroids. They know that. Fat rubber, 20 "wheels, bubble sheets, fake bullets, quad exhaust, hovercraft rear wing, decals, racing stripes, something to give anything, the new car, some of the old car charisma In fact, everything that has the antipodean GTO GM coveted Yam ("Affluent Young Males") is a few subtle badges and distinctive rumble, burble, growl, pop, beat and roar of a full-on V8.

Close your eyes, give the goat some gas and you can easily imagine you're pedal-to-the-metal in a '69 GTO Judge. NB: Do not try this away from home. Saying that, cranked-out of Judge Ram Air V8 370hp, while the modern GTO engine stumps-up horses "only" 350th Say that the new GTO aluminum LS1 engine weighs 110 pounds soaking wet and has a flatter torque curve than Kansas.

Zero to 60mph takes just 5.3 seconds of your time, while the quarter-mile comes in 13.8. This is just a few ticks behind a stock 'Vette, and more than fast enough to give the GTO independent suspension and 17 "tires do something around the corner. And a fine job they do, and the provision of adequate comfort at low speed and excellent control at speeds which a 60-street racer would be frightened to death.

If you think I will continue to sing the praises of this latter day muscle car and conclude that it is a triumph of modern racing technology to sixties chic is, if that's what you want to hear, stop reading. For the rest of the GTO package is rude, crude and kind of lame, dude.

The GTO air regulator set the standard that look cheap knobs, as they were designed in the same year the first GTO bowed-out (1974). The Tremec T-56 six-speed gearbox is notchy I began to suspect that the "skip shift" by the flashing digital function recommended more on the continuing advancement save as fuel dashboard.

When you finally can slow down a gear and spool up the GTO V8, be something of a challenge. The vacuum-assisted stopper missing bite and feel and seem distinctly rubbery stomp in full. The steering is evenly supported and spongy. Thanks to its rugged construction (weight), helming the GTO is in a corner of a fair amount of body roll. And the rod V8 feels rough from low revs to the red line. They would hardly be completely wring the neck GTO, as, uh, a Manchurian Ring-necked Pheasant.

But hey, you would if you had to. I mean, if you were hungry enough. And that is the ultimate equation for potential buyers GTO. Are you hungry enough for the rear-drive performance that you give up any chance of style points for pure, unadulterated grunt and a user-friendly chassis? Thirty-two great buys even a VW R32 and a lot of Japanese sport compact …

GM executives are not worried. Thanks to U.S. unions is personally liable only import 18,000 Aussie-built bullies. That many people would shell out $ 32k for a Chevrolet Aveo (do not ask), if it's so cool how the new GTO sounded. And there's no question: The GTO is a bit of a cry. Still, where's the sizzle? Unlike the old GTO, the new version will have to rely on the aftermarket for the visual statement goat owners expect. And deserve.