: New GTO?



Mad'lac
01-21-03, 02:36 PM
I know this isn't a Cadillac but what do you all think about it? I like it but I think I'd rather wait until they are being traded in for newer cars before I'd buy one.

Mad'lac
01-21-03, 02:41 PM
Here is what I know of it. It comes with the LS1 V8 and a choice of an auto tranny or a 6 speed manual. Check out the pics in this site http://community.webshots.com/album/60133716PVaeun

Katshot
01-21-03, 03:09 PM
Looks too much like a Grand Prix to me.

jeff___H
01-21-03, 03:38 PM
Coulda used a few more options on the poll.. :D

Giving one away - sure! I'll take one. Make mine a 6speed..

I just wish Pontiac had decided to resurrect the GTO monniker with something a little on the retro side - a'la Ford and the "NEW" Mustang, instead of skinning it to look like a re-tread of the current line coming from the Big Chief.

Would I buy one? I'm with Mad..

BeelzeBob
01-21-03, 06:32 PM
Sure, I'd take one. But, it's way too bland-looking to be called GTO...

P.S. I'm locking this here and moving it into the other General area.. This is for General Cadillac discussion. The other is for totally off-top non-Caddy discussion. I know.. A bit wierd...

Mad'lac
01-21-03, 07:11 PM
No prob. I wasn't sure where I should put this poll at. If I got one of these cars the very first thing I would do is put on the Holden front bumper cover from the land of OZ.

Allante North *
01-21-03, 07:51 PM
Kinda looks like a Caviler on steriods with the LS1. It should have had dual exhaust and maybe some for flair to it. I would love to drive one, but I wouldn't rush out and buy one. I would agree with Jeff_H in that they should have made it a bit more retro since they used the legendary GTO label on it.

BeelzeBob
01-21-03, 08:09 PM
Exactly. Nothing retro about it. I think that was a mistake...

Devil_concours
01-21-03, 09:02 PM
well considering the fact that this car has been proven to be exceptional in handling(suppose to hang with the best). Not too flashy in and out. I would love to own one. It has sbc so aftermarket would be beyond anything in this world.
SBC + exceptional handling + 6speed manual = nice car that i would own.
Quality of the workmanship should be above current gm cars if it's being shipped from aussie.

I do agree with the GTO name not appropriate for the car.

Mad'lac
01-21-03, 09:36 PM
Same here on the name. Maybe Corvair :D

Mad'lac
01-21-03, 09:38 PM
Ok thats a joke. but what would be the best name? I think maybe GM should have held a naming contest.

BeelzeBob
01-22-03, 12:07 AM
I think they should have called it, "GTP".

Mad'lac
01-22-03, 12:11 AM
Perhaps LeMans? Or Grand Prix GTX?

Devil_concours
01-22-03, 01:19 AM
Originally posted by Sal Collaziano
I think they should have called it, "GTP".
since they already had their 255hp/280lbft "GTP" planned, it could have been better for them use a different name not gto. maybe they should have just called it monaro

BeelzeBob
01-22-03, 02:21 AM
They should have called it ANYTHING but GTO...

87CoupeDeVille
01-23-03, 01:27 PM
I agree the styling is pretty bland, but I also remember from reading a preliminary review that the estimated 0-60 time was somehwere in the low to mid 6 second range. That seemed a little on the slow side, but I also seem to remember it having a pretty chunky curb weight too. I wouldn't buy one.

Dead Sled
01-23-03, 10:16 PM
if you're giving them away ill take mine in black, but no i cant afford a new car anytime soon :(

Devil_concours
01-24-03, 12:44 AM
Originally posted by 87CoupeDeVille
I agree the styling is pretty bland, but I also remember from reading a preliminary review that the estimated 0-60 time was somehwere in the low to mid 6 second range. That seemed a little on the slow side, but I also seem to remember it having a pretty chunky curb weight too. I wouldn't buy one.

This car is same as holden's(gm's australia division) monaro. Despite its heavy curve weight (3600lb), this car has been proven in australia to hang with the best in the twisties.
5.7 ls1 + 6speed manual + rwd platform = FUN!!!
I would love to drive one. As i said earlier i like the car except for its name GTO

edit: link to monaro
http://www.holden.com.au/www-holden/action/modeloverview?modelid=12001

HotRodSaint
01-24-03, 09:26 AM
I'd have called it a Chevy Monza. The style doesn't fit in the Pontiac family, past or present.

I like the spec's (except the target price of the low 30,000's). But the HiPo Monaro's in Aus have much more aggressive front end's.

All they had to do was change the badge to a bowtie and call it a Monza. Sure, there is no real cache in that name for diehard bowtie fans. But it would be nice fix that issue this time around.

Katshot
01-24-03, 11:32 AM
It should be the new Monte Carlo SS if anything in the Chevy line.

HotRodSaint
01-24-03, 12:18 PM
Thats a tough one to call. The GTO will be a a heavy, luxurious 2-dr performance car. But it's plain looking. The Monte Carlo was heavy and luxurious. But it always had style (well, at least until the FWD versions came).

The Nova could be a good choice, because it was plain looking. But it was also an entry level car (with performance available for those who cared).

Now that I think about it more, the Chevelle would be a very good name. Like the Monaro chassis, it was available in 2 and 4 dr versions (as well as wagons) and it was also the basis for the El Camino (called Ute in Oz). And the fast back style of the Monaro is very similar to the 69-71 versions of the Chevelle.

What ever they would or could call it, it doesn't excite me.

the Sandman
01-24-03, 02:05 PM
:)