Northstar Engines and System Technical Discussion Discussion, Anybody notice? Bbob - not driving a Caddy?! in Cadillac Engine Discussion; Did you look at his Ownership line? He's a proud owner of a 2005 Bonneville GXP!
At least it has ...
The new GXP uses the LD8 engine. This is th one used in cars like the SLS, ESC, and DHS. It still has the same 275hp, but I believe it transmission is set up similar to the STS (correct me if I'm wrong Bbob). It also has a more sporty suspension setup as well.
Who Cares?... He is a great contributor to the forum, I dont care what hes driving.
For the record, the GXP is a good car for him, especially since I know hes a big fan of the NS motor. The advantage of the GXP is I believe it combines the standard NS with the same gearing that one would find on the STS, so that you can take the most advantage of low range torque.
Nice car but I just can't go for a FWD car unless it's just a cruiser. Anything with even the slightest degree of sportiness MUST be RWD for me. The Pontiac is a nice car though, although a little pricey IMO.
I defy anyone to drive the GXP and tell me it is not "sporty" enough for them.
It is an excellent package that is highly underrated by all the whine and cheese types that refuse to consider a car unless it has RWD. It is great in dry weather, will give you nose bleed cornering and....guess what....when it was snowing this morning I was BLOWING past all the RWD cretins creeping along at 40 MPH in the slow lanes....LOL. Anyone who insists on RWD must never have to drive in the snow or slippery conditions. That car will run rings around any other car type vehicle in the snow and still has 90% of the capability of even the best RWD cars of it's size on the track in the dry. Honestly, if you rememeber all the hype over the STS pace cars at LeMans...???....the GXP is the closest you'll ever get to actually owning one of those.
I have to agree with peteski's comment on Pontiac's styling these days. In the 90's there was so much gee wiz 'boy racer' plastic cladding and bolt on spoilers on those cars it was enough to make you puke. Now they have gone 180º the other direction and the GXP and GTO are so sedate and bland, that they get lost in the crowd. What ever happened to tastefully understated, which would be somewhere in the middle of the two extremes? Imagine how many additional sales could be made if they had styling AND performance in one package?