: More horsepower, scoops move GTOs



HotRodSaint
06-13-05, 09:25 AM
What do you do when your resurrected muscle car turns out to be a weakling in the marketplace? Add a pair of sleek hood scoops and some horsepower. (http://www.autonews.com/article.cms?articleId=53447)

Sales of the 400-hp Pontiac GTO -- 50 more than the 2004 model -- are up 76.9 percent through May, and dealers are short of the Australia-made coupes.

Early sales had been disappointing since the December 2003 launch. For the first five months of 2004, GTOs sold at a rate that translated to just 7,300 a year -- well below GM's target of 16,000. This year, Pontiac says, it expects to sell 12,000 to 14,000.

Pontiac spokesman Jim Hopson says Los Angeles is the country's hottest GTO market -- an unusual feat for a General Motors car.

In the words of Gomer Pyle, "Surprise, surprise, surprise!"

Rolex
06-13-05, 10:25 AM
Hardly a resurrected muscle car IMO. The styling is very lackluster. The car bears a strong resemblance to a Cavalier. Having a little more retro appearance with a hood scoup (signature of the old GTO) would do a lot for their sales. GM took the cheap route on the design of this car....and their sales reflect it.

Playdrv4me
06-13-05, 02:08 PM
Well I used to think the same thing... but you gotta remember, the ORIGINAL GTO was not really a looker either, and it was also kinda known for being the ugly duckling sleeper. I agree the current one is pretty bland but comparing it to the original GTO is tough in that respect.

Ghost-V
06-13-05, 06:11 PM
The newer GTO owners really like it when you pull up next to them and ask "Is that a Pontiac Sunfire?" :D

Randy_W
06-14-05, 10:47 PM
The newer GTO owners really like it when you pull up next to them and ask "Is that a Pontiac Sunfire?" :D

Problem is, that "Sunfire" will run with the CTS-V all day!!:thumbsup:

ben72227
06-15-05, 12:12 AM
Yeah, GM really messed up by exporting their only affordable AMERICAN muscle car to Australia, and the Australians used a design from way back in 1999. So we have no Camaro, or maybe a new Chevelle (to compete with the new Charger), and the goat looks like a Sunfire. Perfect.:lildevil:

davesdeville
06-15-05, 04:09 AM
Problem is, that "Sunfire" will run with the CTS-V all day!!:thumbsup:

Well the 05s will... The GTOs are excellant cars, they're better than the 05 Mustang in just about every respect except price.

BeelzeBob
06-15-05, 03:07 PM
To be selling in Los Angeles, where everybody buys imports, is a feat in itself.. The car runs high 12s stock. Not that this is anything new. The last couple of years of the f-body did the same.. The only down side is for the automatic - bad gas mileage on the highway. They need a five-speed auto..

Jesda
06-15-05, 04:08 PM
The body for the GTO in the concept drawings was lower, longer, and sleeker. Same bar-of-soap body, but in the concept sketches it was quite sexy.