The Pontiac Grand Prix is a model that has been around
for a long time in the stable of the GM wing responsible
for pure driving excitement. The larger of Pontiac's two
sedans, the Grand Prix has a nice amount of power to match
the smooth comfort of the ride and the strong safety features
that provide owners with a calming peace of mind.
There are quite a few new additions to the Grand Prix this
year. Standard OnStar assistance and an optional remote
starting top the list, but there are more.
The remote starting system operates from the keyfob and
is joined as a new option by a navigation system and dual-zone
automatic climate control. A CD/MP3 stereo is also newly
available, and all models gain rear-seat cupholders as well.
The 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix is offered in three models:
base, GT and GTP.
The four-door Pontiac Grand Prix sedan is roomy enough to
accommodate up to five passengers without cramming them
together. It also provides up to 57 cubic feet of cargo
OnStar is now standard on all Grand Prix models and features
new, sixth generation hardware with digital and analog coverage.
OnStar's Gen 6 hardware also includes upgraded hands-free
voice recognition capabilities including more intuitive
continuous digit dialing and improved voice recognition
Satellite radio and a head-up instrument display are optional.
Among the exterior changes for the 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix
are new 16- and 17-inch wheels and wheel covers.
GT1 and GT2 models use a 3.8-liter V6 engine. It gives the
front-wheel drive Grand Prix 200 horsepower at 5200 rpm
and 230 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. 4-speed automatic transmission
is standard on all models.
GTP models use a supercharged version of the same V6 engine.
The result is an impressive 260 horsepower at 5400 rpm and
280 lb-ft of torque at 3600 rpm.
The Competition Group Package (Comp G), optional on the
GTP model, makes the 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix capable of
attaining .83G of lateral acceleration in turns, making
it the best-handling car in its class. StabiliTrak Sport,
a segment-exclusive four-wheel vehicle stability enhancement
system, also is included in the Comp G package. It features
a sports-tuned suspension, 3.29 axle ratio, performance
tires and Magnasteer II.
Safety and Security
All models have dual front airbags, daytime running lights
and fog lights. GT and GTP models add antilock 4-wheel disc
brakes, traction control and a tire-pressure monitor.