Confirmed Pontiac GTO changes for 2005 - 400HP LS2

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  1. TriShield

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    PONTIAC GTO

    New for 2005


    LS2 6.0L engine replaces LS1
    400 horsepower (295 kw)
    395 lb.-ft. of torque (546 Nm)​
    Available hood with twin air scoops (standard)
    Revised rear fascia incorporating outlets for new split dual exhaust system (3 inch)
    Polished exhaust outlet tips
    Larger brake rotors and calipers
    Red-painted calipers with GTO logo on front caliper​
    Driver foot rest
    Two new colors: blue (Midnight) and grey (Cyclone)

    2005 PONTIAC GTO: THE NEW GOAT GETS MORE MUSCLE

    GTO – the original muscle car – was re-introduced last year and returns with more power and style for 2005. A new LS2 6.0L V-8 engine replaces the LS1 5.7L engine, bringing with it an increase in horsepower and torque.

    The ’05 GTO packs 400 horsepower (295 kw) – up from 350 horses (261 kw) – and 395 lb.-ft. of torque (546 Nm), up from 365 lb.-ft. (495 Nm). Transmission choices are the same as the ’04 model’s: The Hydra-Matic 4L60-E four-speed automatic is standard and the Tremec six-speed manual is optional. GTO’s more powerful engine should lower the 0-60 time to less than 5 seconds.

    Enthusiasts will immediately spot the brawnier ’05 GTO, thanks to new badging and a revised rear fascia that incorporates a new dual-exhaust system – it splits the GTO’s two outlets, routing them to opposite sides of the rear fascia. The exhaust tips are polished for a more refined appearance.

    Also available is a new hood design incorporating a pair of stylish air scoops. The scoops draw fresh air in to the GTO’s engine compartment.

    The badges identifying the ’05 GTO’s bigger V-8 include a “6.0” badge on the trunk lid and revised “GTO” fender badges, which now incorporate “6.0 Litre” designations. The original 1964 GTO also wore “6.0 Litre” fender badges, but at a time when almost every other American manufacturer referenced engine size in cubic inches.

    Along with the GTO’s power increase comes improved braking performance from larger brake rotors, calipers and pads. The calipers are painted red and the front calipers feature the GTO logo.

    Additional changes to the ’05 GTO include two new colors (blue and grey), as well as driver foot rest. A line of regular production accessories (RPAs) based on the 2004 GTO Performance Plus SEMA concept vehicle is scheduled for start-of-production availability. The accessories include a tall rear spoiler, front and rear fascia extensions, rocker molding extensions and grille inserts. As part of GM’s RPA program, the accessories can be ordered and installed on the vehicle prior to delivery.

    LS2 details

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    Compared to the Gen III-based LS1, the 2005 GTO’s LS2 V-8 incorporates several significant changes to help improve performance. The block is an all-new casting with cylinder bores measuring 4.00 inches (101.6 mm) in diameter. The cylinder heads and camshaft are revised, too, to deliver the airflow necessary to complement the engine’s larger displacement. Other changes include:

    New aluminum block casting with revised oil galleries and provisions for external knock sensors – external sensors improve serviceability
    Camshaft lift increased to take advantage of increased cylinder head flow
    Camshaft sensor relocated from the rear of the block to the front of the block provides room for new oil galleries
    Flat-top piston design with lower ring tension reduces friction
    Piston floating wrist pins help quiet the engine
    More efficient ignition coils require less energy to provide a comparable spark
    Compression raised to 10.9:1
    Larger, 90-mm single-blade throttle body
    Reduced-mass water pump design with improved sealing capability
    Engine “redline” raised to 6500 rpm
    Revised and more powerful engine controller incorporates all electronic throttle control functions. ​

    Balanced environment and safety

    The new GTO is a contemporary performer. Its traits include impressive cornering abilities, a smooth ride and surprising comfort. The drivetrain rides on a 109.8-inch (279-cm) wheelbase, with a low stance that enhances the wide-track feel behind the wheel. The front track measures 61.4 inches (156 cm) and the rear track is 62.1 inches (158 cm) wide.

    The fully independent suspension features MacPherson struts in front and a semi-trailing arm design in the rear, with specially tuned strut valving and spring rates. Direct-acting stabilizer bars and a variable ratio power steering system also are tuned to provide a sporty feel and increased driver feedback. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels and performance tires are matched to the performance-tuned suspension. Traction control and a limited slip differential also come standard.

    The GTO’s premium interior is accented by a harmonious blend of details, complementing its dynamic driving experience. All-leather seating, as well as a leather-covered steering wheel and shifter knob, immediately conveys luxury, while items such as stainless steel sill plates, metallic-look steering wheel styling, satin nickel-look accent trim, and racing-inspired drilled metallic pedals add sportiness to the environment.

    The front and rear sports seats are configured in a traditional 2+2 configuration, with side bolsters and the “GTO” name embroidered on the front seats. Interior seat and trim colors may be coordinated to the exterior color, with red, blue, purple and black interiors available. This splash of color extends from the seats to the door inserts to the lower part of the instrument panel to the gauge cluster.

    Every GTO comes well equipped with a thoughtful package of interior amenities and safety features, including:

    Air conditioning
    Blaupunkt 200-watt audio system with six-disc in-dash CD changer and 10 speakers
    Console with storage compartment, accessory power outlet and two cupholders
    Cruise control
    Rear defogger
    Power door locks with lockout protection
    Programmable keyless entry with laser-etched key for added security
    Eight-way power adjustable driver and front passenger seats with power-assisted rear seat access feature
    Tilting and telescoping adjustable steering wheel
    Power windows with driver and passenger express-down feature
    Daytime running lamps with automatic headlamp control
    Theft and content deterrent system. ​

    The integrated driver information center located below the instrument cluster includes readouts for average speed, average miles per gallon, trip odometer, trip time remaining, trip distance remaining, fuel used and instant fuel mileage. There’s even a stopwatch feature and a user-programmable overspeed alarm.

    Safety belts remain the primary and most effective form of occupant protection. All seating positions in the 2005 GTO have three-point safety belts. Retractors for front outboard seating positions have built-in load limiters that allow a controlled amount of give in the belt, thereby reducing the peak load on the chest during the “ride down” in a crash.

    Dual frontal air bags are standard and GTO is equipped with child seat anchors.

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    Cyclone Grey

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    A better shot of the new exhaust, rear bumper, and 18" wheels that may be optional

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    2005 GTO Optional Sport Appearance Package

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    2005 hood photoshopped onto a Sport Appearance GTO

    Includes front fascia extensions, side rocker moldings, rear fascia extensions with custom dual/dual exhaust tips, unique spoiler and grille insert (SPO-supplied, dealer-installed). Available only on Torrid Red, Phantom Black, and Quicksilver GTOs. Sport Appearance kit available to 2004 GTO owners through Pontiac dealers as regular production accessories (RPAs).

    The 2005 GTO's advertised acceleration

    0 to 60MPH automatic - 4.6 seconds

    0 to 60MPH six-speed - 4.8 seconds

    1/4 mile - 12.9 seconds

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    Also, the last few hundred 2004 Pontiac GTOs produced will be limited edition Pulse Red models. Basically it's the Pontiac version of the 2004 Monaro CV8-R featuring unique Pulse Red paint, a unique white instrument cluster, unique floor mats, and smoked exterior lamps.

    No word yet on if it will offer more of the Monaro's features like automatic climate control, or a sunroof as options. Also no word yet on whether it will offer the Monaro's 18 inch wheel styles. Let's hope it does. :x:
     
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  3. Discrepancy

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    I like the spoiler on the current model better. Is it possible to get it on the 05?
     
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  4. troglodyte

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    Fugy! Definitely not an improvement.
     
  5. KeeperOfAcheron

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    Do not like the hood at all...I see those types of hoods on all the grand am's around here
     
  6. 67olds442

    67olds442 uhhhh

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    scoops need to be closer to the front of the car.....
     
  7. Possum Stomper

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    aside from the engine, which i am not even sure is necessary, none of that looks like an imporvement

    i dunno, call me crazy :dunno:
     
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    I like the upcoming spoiler better.
     
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    How much is the price going to increase?
     
  10. Johnny*MacBlayze

    Johnny*MacBlayze wassup? shut up!

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    Everyone thinks the MSRP will be pretty close to the current one.
     
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    :hsugh:
     
  13. TriShield

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    The insiders say the MSRP will remain the same.
     
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  15. Whatever

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    They definitely need to do something to bring up their sales. I have seen very few of these in my area and a lot of times I almost mistake them for a Grand Am from the front. Still haven't had the opportunity to drive one but look forward to it... Those dyno's are awesome.
     
  16. bokhan

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    so when the new 400hp gto comes out the current ones should be dirt cheap. :x:

    15k here i come!
     
  17. LEX

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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: what is that?
     
  18. you know me

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    That's even worse then what they have out now.
     
  19. Wolf

    Wolf No one plans to take the path that brings you lowe

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    Pontiac needs to realize that their universal nostril front ends are ugly as hell, and that by putting them on every car they make, they're only shooting themselves in the foot.
     
  20. big_john2438

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    gto is amazing its one of the best cars on the road but i dont particularily like the fucking monster mouth on "05" car
     
  21. big_john2438

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    and they did kinda rice it out i doubt the 05 will look anything like that most of the shit on that car is prolly optional equipment
     
  22. TriShield

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    I think you need to realize that's quite subjective. Sales this year also indicate otherwise (they're up for every model, even the Grand Am), and every brand has their signature grille, love it or hate it.
     
  23. TriShield

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    That car pictured has an aftermarket fascia. :ugh:
     
  24. CarlsV6

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    That front valence looks like it's ready to consume small mammals whole....
     
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    wtf, ugly
     

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