Pontiac rolls back the clock for 2004 and brings the GTO
out of its hibernation. The new version of one of the original
muscle cars has everything you would expect it to, including
a high-performance 350-horsepower engine, aggressive styling
and interior comfort.
Built by Holden, Pontiac's Australian branch, the new 2004
Pontiac GTO is every bit a driver's car. That much is obvious
by glancing at the specs. It is also evident once you open
up the doors and look at the GTO's interior, which is obviously
designed with a driver-first perspective.
The speed is spine tingling, the design cool and the seating
comfortable. That's what it means to be a classic.
The 2004 Pontiac GTO is offered in one model.
The interior begins with four leather bucket seats that
are as soft and supple as can be. They come in black, or
they can be color-coordinated with the vehicle's exterior
Moving on, you'll find a satin-finish steering wheel and
race-inspired metallic pedals. Standard equipment includes
a 6-disc CD-changer with a premium 10-speaker sound system,
cruise control, a multi-function driver information center,
a keyless entry system and a host of other features.
Pontiac describes the GTO's exterior design as distinctive
and tautly stretched, with an aggressive lowered stance
and a sleek, simple form.
Seventeen-inch alloy wheels and performance tires are responsible
for keeping the 2004 Pontiac GTO in-tune with the road.
The new 2004 Pontiac GTO has a tighter suspension, a more
powerful engine and a four-on-the-floor manual transmission
with two additional gears. Pontiac's speedster reaches 60
mph in about five-and-a-half seconds, and runs the quarter
mile in under 14 seconds. That is what it's all about.
The engine under the Pontiac GTO's hood is a modified Corvette
V8 model. The 5.7-liter LS1 engine has the ability to rev
out an exhilarating 350 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 365 lb-ft
of torque at 4000 rpm.
In addition to the 6-speed manual transmission that is
offered, the rear-wheel drive GTO can also be had with a
4-speed electronic automatic transmission.
Safety and Security
There are a number of engineering components that help drivers
maintain a stable, even ride no matter how fast the GTO
is going. With fully independent, performance-tuned suspension
featuring direct-acting stabilizing bars and power rack-and-pinion
steering, the stability is certainly there. In addition,
traction control and a limited slip differential are standard.
Other standard safety features include dual front airbags,
antilock 4-wheel disc brakes and fog lights.