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2006 Pontiac GTO Coupe - Overview

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Overview

What's New
For the 2006 model year, the Pontiac GTO gets a new tail lamp design, illuminated audio system controls on the steering wheel, new 18-inch bright-finish wheels, and two new colors: Spice Red Metallic and Fusion Orange, the latter including orange stitching on seats and other interior components as well as an orange instrument cluster background.

Overview
Pontiac first launched its GTO as a special high-performance option for its Tempest model in 1964. The GTO option included either a 325- or 348-hp V-8 engine and some heavy-duty suspension and transmission equipment, and the result was an entirely new genre of American machine-the muscle car. While they faded from production, muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s have become highly prized collector cars. Chrysler's Hemi-powered sedans and Pontiac's re-introduction of the GTO as a 2004 model have created a new muscle car era, now these cars have modern brakes and also benefit from contemporary fuel economy and emission-reducing technologies.

The Pontiac GTO is based on an Australian-built two-door coupe from General Motors' Holden division. Empowering this modern muscle car is GM's 400-hp, 6.0L LS2 V-8 engine. Its output reaches the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. The GTO is rated at 16 mpg in town and 21 on the highway, impressive figures for a car that can accelerate from a standing start to 60 mph in a mere, tire-smoking 4.7 seconds. The GTO rides on 17-inch wheels and has four-wheel disc brakes with standard anti-lock technology. Traction control and a limited-slip differential are included as standard equipment. The GTO has 2+2 seating, which means two seats in front and two more in the rear. All seats are leather-covered, as are the steering wheel and shifter knob.

Contrasting materials and colors accentuate the GTO's interior, with red, blue, black, and orange interior colors available. The car also has racing-inspired drilled metallic pedals, satin nickel-look accents, and stainless steel sill plates. The car comes with a Blaupunkt brand 200-watt audio system with a 6-CD changer and 10 speakers, a console with storage, power outlet and two cup holders, air conditioning, cruise control, rear window defogger, power locks, keyless entry, eight-way power driver and front passenger's seats, tilt and telescoping steering column, power windows, and a driver information center that provides read-outs on miles per gallon, trip time and distance, fuel used, and a stopwatch feature, as well as a programmable "overspeed" alarm to warn the driver when speed exceeds the selected figures. The GTO is equipped with front air bags.

The Competition
The Pontiac GTO competes in the Midsize Sporty segment that includes cars that range from the Toyota Solara coupe to truck-like Chevrolet SSR, as well as Mazda's rotary-powered RX-8. This is a very eclectic segment that nonetheless rings up some impressive sales figures.

According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the Ford Mustang leads the segment with 160,975 units sold in 2005. Others in this segment are the Toyota Solara (56,900 sales in 2005), Chevrolet Monte Carlo (33,562), Mitsubishi Eclipse (24,487), Mazda RX-8 (14,872), and Chevrolet SSR (8,107). Pontiac dealers sold 11,590 GTOs in 2005.

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