Pontiac GTO: the first muscle car in history and the first of the new era

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Pontiac GTO 2004 model, recognizable by the lack of air inlets in the hood. The fifth generation of the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang were not the only models that have appealed to his historical legacy in the mid of the last decade, rescuing the forms of the original models of the sixties, and in the case of Chevrolet, resurrecting a model that had been removed four years before.

The current neo retro born at the end of the nineties, sponsored the arrival of models whose silhouette and features were inspired by their ancestors ‘ historical, and even resulted in the reissue of some mythic patterns, as is the case with the Ford GT of 2005.

however, despite the fact that the previous generations of both the Camaro as the Mustang were a resounding success, were not the only protagonists of its segment in the united States, as in 2004, and at the same time as the Mustang, came back to life the Pontiac GTO, 30 years after they disappeared these acronyms on the market.

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Pontiac GTO first generation, already equipped with the double lighthouse is located vertically, contrary to the GTO 1964..

The Pontiac GTO is one of the cars of worship in the united States, not only is one of the muscle car more prominent, for many specialists was the first muscle car in history. On the market since 1964, has enjoyed three generations until the oil Crisis of 1973 caused the fall of a few models in the united States, giving an end to the golden era of the us engine. Disappeared in 1974 after one year of commercialization of the third generation due to low sales figures, that did not justify this option potentiated, the GTO was going to be part of the spotlight story of the brand.

like its predecessor of 1964, the last generation of the GTO is also anticipated in part to their rivals, because not only was launched in 2004, ahead of the Camaro 2009 and the Challenger in 2008, but in 1999, Pontiac had the GTO Concept, rescuing both the name and the lines of the second generation, as well as certain characteristic details of the model, such as the color orange Carousel Network that popularized the GTO ‘The Judge”, 1969. However, this project has not prospered, and even General Motors eliminated shortly after the Camaro, which was based on the same platform F in which it had been based on a hypothetical model of production on the acclaimed prototype of Pontiac.

however, an article in a magazine published in the year 2000 was the germ that managed to rescue from oblivion the GTO a few years later, in the full fever of the SUV at General Motors.

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Pontiac GTO concept 1999, a prototype well received but that he could not get out of the design department.

Bob Lutz, being then the CEO of GM, after reading a test of the Holden Commodore SS had the idea of import to the united States versions of eight cylinders of this division australian. These were derived in turn from the last generation of the Opel Omega rear-wheel-drive that was also marketed as the Cadillac Catera, and that in their larger versions were powered by V8 engines small block of the family LS of General Motors.

After not few efforts, which lasted for years, Lutz succeeded in persuading the board of directors of your idea and the result was the full import of the coupe version of two doors to the Commodore, the Holden Monaro, which was manufactured in Australia with the emblems of Pontiac and the famous appellation GTO.

In the market only from 2004 to 2006, the GTO had initially with the same block V8 LS1 5.7-liter that sits on the Corvette at that time, with 353 HP. Although the versions of 2005 and 2006 received the V8 LS2 6.0-liter that raises the power up to 408 HP. Transmissions available were a six-speed manual and a automatic 4-relationships. Mostly it had all the features of the Monaro, except for a specific front with the calender divided typical of the brand as well as a new exhaust system to mimic the sound of the GTO and original slight modifications of the frame in order to pass the policy shock in the united States.

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Interior very comfortable and spacious even for 4 adults.

An australian dollar strengthened at that time where a price of the initially planned $ 25,000, was finally traded to 34,000, which coupled with the delay of its launch, with a design that had emerged since 2001, and that precisely was not following the current neo-retro so much in vogue at that time, were to the dessert the triggers of a bad market acceptance, at that time welcomed them with open arms models like the Chrysler 300C or the fifth generation of the Mustang.

During 2006 and, after minor changes in their last two years, Pontiac announced the disappearance of the model alleging a problem of approval of the airbags for the next model year. Being phased out of the range Pontiac, which after some time and due to the great financial crisis of 2008 also disappeared along with other brands General Motors.

During those few years that he was in the market, his greatest rival was precisely the Ford Mustang GT, with a V8 of 4.6-liter 300-horsepower and 5-speed manual transmission was about $ 5,000 less. This was due to a frame more simple in the case of the Mustang, which had a live axle rear against the most modern specifications of the GTO.

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Version 2006 are distinguishable by the groups of optical obscured, the last Pontiac GTO history.

despite the apparent technical difference between the two, the GTO was not clearly superior to its most direct rival, sharing even the same time to perform the quarter mile 13.5 seconds with a top speed of 165 km/h in the case of the Mustang, and of 175 km/h in the GTO.

Its origin is australian, in addition to an aesthetic considered too simplistic for a model who wore the mythical acronym GTO, in addition to the price and a rack-more of a european model than american, which led customers are decantaran by other models of the recent batch of models neo retro, as the Mustang or the Dodge Charger, condemning the model, despite having had the opportunity of having reached the market much sooner than their direct rivals.