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From MotorTrend

June 18, 2003

With its high-output V-8 engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration, and high-torque off-the-line acceleration, the all-new 2004 Pontiac GTO more than delivers the legendary power and performance of its original namesake. In fact, it will deliver 10 more horsepower than originally announced.

The new GTO will produce 350 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 365 ft.-lb. of torque at 4000 rpm. In addition, the GTO is expected to achieve impressive performance times of 0 to 60 mph in less than 5.5 seconds and run the quarter mile run in under 14 seconds.

"There's no doubt that outstanding power and launch feel was the priority for this vehicle right from the start," explained Dave Himmelberg, GTO program engineering manager. "The original GTO was the standard bearer of its class in terms of power - and that's exactly the standard we set for ourselves when developing the modern version.

"Anyone who drives this vehicle is going to know it's a GTO from the moment they turn the key and press that accelerator and hear that throaty Pontiac exhaust note - this car will definitely push you back in your seat."

GM engineers pulled out all the stops to create the GTO's exhilarating power and off-line performance, taking an engine already known to driving enthusiasts for its superb performance and reliability / durability -- GM's award-winning 5.7-liter Gen III LS1 V8 -- and refining it for substantially more power and the low-end torque, with special exhaust tuning to emphasize its performance-oriented character.

To achieve strong launch capability, GM engineers adopted the LS1 V8's high-lift camshaft (increasing low-end torque, without giving up power). They then took advantage of the engine's torque on the low end and changed the transmission gear ratios and final drive ratio for the kind of launch performance one would expect from a GTO.

In addition to off-the-line launch feel, the higher lift camshaft also boosts torque over most of the rev range by an average 5 percent thereby ensuring great reserves of power for sudden acceleration and freeway passing. Compared to the original camshaft, the new configuration provides 20 ft-lb more torque from idle up to 4400 rpm.

The horsepower increase over the original engine setup results from improved airflow into and through the engine and the exhaust system. This includes:

— Increasing fresh airflow through the air cleaner with a larger 100mm diameter inlet pipe
— Reducing exhaust backpressure to a very low static pressure of (40 kPa) with a slightly larger diameter size dual pipe system
— An all-new true dual exhaust system. It includes dual catalytic converters, one on each exhaust bank; two small resonators, one between each catalytic converter and the mufflers; and pipes-only running from each muffler all the way to the dual chrome exhaust tips which are packaged next to each other at the rear fascia.

On the GTO, the LS1 can be mated to GM's most aggressively geared (M12) six-speed manual transmission, but the electronically controlled Hydra-Matic 4L60-E transmission is standard. Both the manual and automatic transmissions use the same low-geared 3.46 final drive axle ratio to maximize off-line acceleration.

The 2004 Pontiac GTO will be available in Pontiac dealer showrooms before the end of 2003 in limited numbers. Pricing has not yet been finalized, but it is expected to be less than $35K.

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<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by Gardiner

Looks kind of like an Integra also...
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I can see that from this angle. I saw it on TV though, and from the front, it's pretty wide, unlike an integra. Looked pretty aggressive on the tube.

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