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Here's what the dash looks like in an Impulse Blue 2004 GTO. The stitching on the steering wheel and shifter boot are blue. You can just make this out on the shifter boot. There is blue around the floor mats. The gauges are blue too. Look at the left side of this photograph. Notice anything missing? This car has the door delete option. Ha! CLICK->
Blue Michigan license plates look pretty cool on this Impulse Blue 2004 GTO. Those two little pipes in the back are actually true dual exhausts. CLICK->
This is the first batch of production 2004 GTOs sitting on the docks at Port Adelaide, Australia ready to be shipped to the US. The first batch consisted of two ships each containing 525 cars. I see black, red, silver, and yellow ones. It looks like the brake discs are covered with adhesive plastic too. This makes it easier to clean and prep the cars at the final destination, the Pontiac dealership. CLICK->
Here's a shot of a Torrid Red 2004 GTO getting on the boat in Australia. The name of the boat is Chi Jin from Panama. Be on the lookout for it.
An Australian resident named Shane Dale provided some information on the shipments: "As an Australian resident who has seen the GTO on the semi's coming from Holden's Plant in Elizabeth, South Australia they look really good. Hearing comments from employees working at Holden's who have driven the GTO off the line to the yard are saying "The car's handling is great and the noise that comes from the exhaust is brilliant. Some of my friends parents who own a Holden Monaro have asked GMH if they are going to see the Pontiac GTO on Australian roads and showroom floors and they have said that it won't be sold here because of the noise the exhaust gives is too loud for Australia standard. Other residents of Aus have also asked the same question and are very disappointed."
According to the Holden website, the first shipment of 2004 GTO's left for the USA on October 21, 2003. High ranking officials from Pontiac drove the first 2 cars onto the boat. The one seen in the photo above is probably one of those cars. It does not have all the protective sheets applied to the paint like the others do.
These next photos come from Andrew Coles in Australia. He says, "I promised you some pictures of the Pontiac GTO on the warfes in Australia. Sorry I have taken so long, but here they are." This is a Torrid Red 2004 GTO. The entire top of the car is covered with protective plastic. CLICK->
Andrew captured a picture of this Quicksilver 2004 GTO ready for shipment. Looks like some sort of yellow tie-down hook under the rear bumper. Notice that all the spoilers are removed for shipment to keep them from damage. CLICK->
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Pontiac showed off it's GTO Autocross concept at the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show in Las Vegas (Nov 2003). The SEMA show is dedicated to the tuning and after-market industry. The GTO Autocross concept features some new engine components and accessories from GM Performance Parts. The engine power has been increased to 400hp with the camshaft and heads from the LS6 engine. The LS6 cam is PN 12565308 and features 204/218 degrees duration at .050 and .550 lift with a 117.5-degree lobe separation angle compared to the stock cam with 196/207 degrees duration at .050, .479/.467 lift, and a 116-degree LSA. The LS6 heads are PN 12564824 and feature 3cc smaller combustion chambers to increase compression and redesigned ports to improve performance over the LS1 heads. The front grille is different. The grille is recessed, with a GTO nameplate in the leftside. The air intake below the grille is a different style. The side rocker panels have tiny vents behind the front wheels. Looks like no hood scoops yet. They added custom 18x8 inch wheels with BF Goodrich 245/40ZR18 BFG G-Force T/A KD performance tires. They are supposed to enhance dry traction and handling for exceptional control. These tires have the same outside diameter as the stock tires so your speedometer is not messed up. The custom rotors and calipers are from Stainless Steel Brakes. The rotors measure 13-inches in diameter and are slotted and the calipers are new 3-piston units. These are an upgrade from the 11.7/11.3-inch rotors of the regular production GTO. All these options are reportedly available in the fall of 2004 from the GM dealers. Is this a sneak peek at the 2005 model? Will this be the Judge? CLICK->
The rear end of the GTO Autocross concept is equally different from the production GTO. The rear spoiler is taller and swept down at a sharper angle on the ends. And look at those DUAL EXHAUSTS! This is a much better design than both exiting on the right side. The lower rear bumper has the GTO name embossed in it. You can get a better look at those front wheel vents in the rocker panel from this angle. They might even be functional! There are new items for the inside as well: production machine-drilled aluminum pedals, color-coordinated sport gauge package, and various satin nickel appointments. CLICK->
They're here! (or were they?) A truckload of new GTO's has been spotted in the USA. These photos are courtesy of a member of a Pontiac car club in Kansas City. They were snapped in Illinois. That top one is painted Barbados Blue. The one under it is painted Impulse Blue. And, of course, there's a Torrid Red one. They've got the front fender GTO emblems covered. CLICK->
There are four 2004 GTOs on this truck. I wonder where they are going? The GTO in the rear on top might be Cosmos Purple Metallic. It's difficult to see if they've got rear decklid spoilers. CLICK->
Here are pictures of the Torrid Red 2004 concept GTO that was shown at the LA Auto Show January 4-12, 2003. It was revealed to the press on the 3rd. In late 2003, Pontiac will offer a production version of this car for sale in the US. It's got a 5.7 Litre 350 horsepower modified LS1 engine coupled to either an electronically controlled 4L60-E four-speed automatic or a six-speed close ratio manual transmission. The power is then sent to the rear wheels through a limit slip differential. The car is expected to go 0-60 MPH in less than six seconds with a top speed of 160 MPH. For stopping, you have power-assisted four-wheel ventilated disc brakes controlled by a four-channel anti-lock braking system. CLICK->
A rear view of the new 2004 concept GTO. It's got a spoiler. Those are 18 inch alloy wheels. We learned later that those are actually true dual exhausts. As Pontiac describes them, "The GTO has a seismic exhaust note produced by a dual exhaust with twin converters, resonators, and mufflers with asymmetrical chrome outlets." CLICK->
The interior of the 2004 concept GTO is pretty cool. Nice set of gauges that are color coordinated with the seats and exterior paint color. There are metal foot pedals and a shiny shifter for the 6-speed. It has a six-disc CD-changer with a ten-speaker sound system and a "multi-function driver information center." CLICK->
This is what you call a 2+2 seating arrangement. There is room for four adults. The leather bucket seats and door panels will be color coordinated with the exterior paint color. Rear legroom is quite good. PICTURE SET CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE ...
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