C/D Upfront - 2005 LS4 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP

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    C/D Upfront - 2005 LS4 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP - ATTN GTP Crew

    Eight pretty good reasons to consider the Grand Prix - Pontiac's growing line of energized sedans to get a new member

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    BY TONY QUIROGA
    January 2005

    GXP is Pontiac's growing line of energized sedans, and now it's going to get a new member. Joining last year's V-8-powered Bonneville GXP will be the Grand Prix GXP this spring. It replaces the Grand Prix GTP Comp G. Like the Bonneville GXP, the GXP version of the Grand Prix will get a V-8 engine, although it's not the DOHC Northstar unit from the Bonneville. Instead, the Grand Prix gets a transversely mounted pushrod all-aluminum 5.3-liter V-8 that is a smaller version of the 6.0-liter LS2 mill from the Corvette.

    Pontiac claims the small-block V-8 is lighter than the iron-block supercharged 3.8-liter anvil that did duty in the Grand Prix Comp G, so expect the GXP to weigh less than the Comp G. Cylinder deactivation will purportedly boost fuel economy by up to 12 percent by running on four cylinders in cruising and coasting situations. With an estimated 290 horsepower and 325 pound-feet running through the front tires, the sprint to 60 mph is expected to take about six seconds.

    A rather unsporting four-speed automatic that includes Pontiac's TAPshift manumatic setup will allow the driver to select the proper gear when cornering; to improve handling, the front tires will be larger than the rears. That's right, the fronts will be 255/45R-18s on eight-inch-wide forged aluminum wheels, and the rears will be smaller 225/50R-18s riding on seven-inch-wide wheels. Both ends benefit from Bridgestone's grippy RE050A tires. By using larger tires up front, GM hopes to decrease understeer and create a balanced chassis. A lowered and stiffened suspension will also be on the bill to keep the GXP locked to the earth.

    Interior modifications include a new instrument cluster, suede seat inserts, and GXP badges in case the V-8 rumble isn't enough to remind you of the grander nature of your Prix.
    The GXP Prix's price had not been announced, but we expect it will cost a bit more than the Comp G's $28,615.

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    I really like the current GTPs, and I'm curious to see how the GXP will turn out. :o
     
  3. DefBringer

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    That's way too much power to go through the front wheels.
     
  4. DefBringer

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    okay, you can get a GXP for $28,000 or you can get a GTO for $31,000.

    Hmmm.....lemme think about that.
     
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    why the fuck is it still goddamn fucking front wheel drive?
     
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    Yeah, and you can get both for less than those prices too.
     
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    You can get an '05 GTO for less than $31,000?
     
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    This will tide us over until the Holden-based G8 sedan replaces it in 2007, it will likely be packing an LS2 and RWD. :o
     
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    Probably, by next Fall.
     
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    Because 75% of the general populace and about 95% of Pontiac buyers do not care which wheels drive the car.
     
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    Lets see what a week and a half from now shows us. :o
     
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    I really do not understand why Pontiac thinks it is a good idea to crowd a market that is already pretty slim (for the GTO). They need this GXP like Ford needs another SUV.
     
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    A 4 speed auto?:uh:


    God, how can they be so clueless.:uh:
     
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    It'll be nice to see a new rental fleet :o
     
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    I've never seen a GTP rental car before. :cool:
     
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    LOL no shit...

    this just means my next trip to Houston should be a little more eventful. :big grin:
     
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    They should start!

    Just think how many more Pontiacs they'd sell if people got to rent good Pontiacs.
     
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    the 97gens > the new ones (looks wise)
     
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    Good point. :rofl:

    The current GTP actually handles pretty well, I was surprised. It's well made too. Couldn't say that about the last one. :o
     
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    condsidering Pontiac has always had a RWD car while other GM branches havent I dont think thats true...
     
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    killaGTP hasn't changed his name yet. :mamoru:
     
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    It looks really cool in orange. :o
     

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