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2006 Pontiac GTO
GTO – three legendary letters that started and defined a muscle car phenomenon in 1964. More than four decades later, the 2006 Pontiac GTO is the spiritual leader of modern muscle.
     For the ’06 model year, the GTO is distinguished by revised taillamp styling. The taillamp background is now gloss black instead of red. Two new colors – Fusion Orange and Spice Red – offer none-too-subtle choices for customers who want their Goat to stand apart from the crowd. There is also a new 18-inch wheel design with bright spokes that further identifies the ’06 model.
      Engine                                      6.0L V-8 (LS2)
      HP    400 BHP @ 5200 rpm
      Displacement     5970 cc (364 cu. in.)
      Torque    395 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
      Weight    3725 lb (1689 kg)
      Acceleration 0-60  mph        4.7 sec.
      Top speed    --
      Driveline    Rear Wheel Drive
      Price (approx)    Starting at $31,300

As it was in the beginning, performance is at the heart of the GTO. A 6.0-liter LS2 V-8 produces an impressive 400 horsepower (298 kw) and 400 lb.-ft. of torque (542 Nm). The Hydra-Matic 4L65-E four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission is standard, while a six-speed Tremec T56 manual transmission is optional. The awesome powertrain is capable of propelling the GTO to sub five-second 0-60 times and 13-second quarter mile times.

All that power is matched by the equally impressive stopping power from a four-wheel disc performance braking package featuring vented front rotors, solid rear rotors and bright red calipers with the GTO logo. A four-channel ABS system is standard.

GTO's Refined performance

The rumble of the GTO’s LS2 is a stirring reminder why V-8 power resonates with muscle car enthusiasts. In fact, the specially-tuned dual exhaust was designed to invoke memories of a time when hearing a car was just as important as seeing it.

Key LS2 V-8 features include:

  • Aluminum block casting with 4.00-inch cylinder bores and optimized oil galleries
  • High airflow aluminum cylinder heads
  • Flat-top piston design with low ring tension for reduced friction
  • Floating piston wrist pins that help maintain quiet engine operation
  • High-efficiency, low-energy ignition coils
  • 10.9:1 compression ratio
  • Large, 90-mm single-blade throttle body
  • Reduced-mass water pump design
  • Powerful engine controller that incorporates all electronic throttle control functions

Ride and handling are two more of GTO’s refined qualities. The traditional Pontiac wide-track feel comes from a 61.4-inch front track, 62.1-inch rear track, and is complemented by a 109.8-inch wheelbase that helps deliver a smooth ride. A MacPherson front strut suspension and semi-trailing arm rear suspension combine with specially tuned spring rates and strut valving, variable ratio power steering, and direct-acting stabilizer bars to provide an ideal blend of performance and comfort. Traction control and a limited-slip differential are standard equipment. The GTO is definitely a driver’s car, but one that is smooth and comfortable for everyday commuting.

Full Premium interior

Premium materials and outstanding design are evident throughout the ’06 GTO. Seating configuration is 2+2 with the rear seats being as supportive and stylish as the front sport seats. All-leather seating and a leather-covered steering wheel and shifter knob continue the luxury theme.

2006 GTOs are very well equipped with a thoughtful package of interior amenities, including new illuminated steering wheel radio controls. Other features include:

  • Blaupunkt 200-watt audio system with six-disc in-dash CD changer and 10 speakers
  • Console with storage compartment, an additional accessory power outlet and two cupholders
  • Air conditioning
  • 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 with illuminated steering wheel radio controls
  • Power windows with driver and passenger express-down feature
  • Daytime running lamps with automatic headlamp control
  • Theft and content deterrent system.
  • Integrated, multi-function driver information center