Phantom Black 2004 GTO owned by Brian Bergen. It's pictured in the showroom of Hellgeson's Pontiac in Evensville, Wisconsin. That's the owner's, Greg Helgesen's, 1964 GTO next to it. This was our Picture Of The Week for 6/13/04. Brian comments, "I would just like to say it was a pleasure to buy my new car from a small dealer that owns his own GTO." CLICK->
Cosmos Purple 2004 GTO owned by Diana from Waukegan, Illinois. This was our Picture Of The Week for 7/11/04. Diana tells us about her GTO, "I Always loved the GTO. I was watching with anticipation for the return of the GTO, and dreaming of the day I could buy one. That day came on April 16th 2004 with the purchase of my Cosmos Purple Metallic Goat. I haven't been able to remove the big stupid grin off my face since. I have been slow to modify this, and am not sure how much modification I will do to it. I have a Predator Diablo Sport performance tune. I also installed the K40-2000 Undetectable Remote Radar and LD5500PLUS Laser DefuserPlus. And layers and layers of Zanio." CLICK->
Cosmos Purple 2004 GTO, left front view. Purple leather is the only interior offered for the Cosmos Purple GTO. CLICK->
Cosmos Purple 2004 GTO, front end view. CLICK->
That's me test driving a Quicksilver 2004 GTO at the 2004 GTOAA International Convention. It was called the "Pontiac Performance Drive Event" which was open to GTOAA members at the Pontiac Silverdome. We got to run the cars through a small course which included a from-stop acceleration run, snake road, long continuous turns, and a coned slalom course. For comparison, they had other 2004 Pontiacs there to drive too. Obviously, the GTO had the best performance. Check out the 2004 GTOAA Convention Lot for tons more pictures from this event and the show itself. Here is the report that Sean sent to the members of the GTO Email List after driving new Pontiacs: Yesterday at the Silverdome, Pontiac put on a fun "Performance Test Drive". I drove a Bonneville on the twisty course, fast! Then I drove a GP, then a Vibe. Then I drove the heck out of a 2004 GTO. The GTO handles perfectly. I went back and drove the GTO's five more times, faster through the curves each time. The car can take anything you can throw at it. I was working it through the curves hard, squealing and growling and braking hard. The car has guts! The last run I call my "fear factor" run. It was the end of the day, so I drove it hard and relentlessly. That run was a little scary in the curves because I had in mind not to spare any orange cones. I was heavy on the gas pedal and this car handled perfectly. The car proved that it has more guts than I do. Didn't knock over a single cone. What a great ride! At the start of the day, I got to ride in a 2004 GTO with a professional driver on the bigger test course. They made us wear helmets. There was a good reason for it. He was hard on the car, drove it fast. That guy knew what he was doing. He was flinging it around the corners. It was a thrillride.
Verrry fun! At the end of the day, I got pictures of piles of shredded tires. Cool. There's a few '04's here at the convention with body kits. The stock '04's look too plain to be noticed. Too many are sitting around at dealers, unsold. I predict that the only way to move the '04's when the '05s arrive will be to re-fit the leftover '04's with body kits, better wheels, stripes and scoops. Something has to make these fun-to-drive cars more noticeable to buyers. CLICK->
Yellow Jacket 2004 GTO owned by Moe Abbasi from Lafayette, Indiana. This was our Picture Of The Week for 3/13/05. Moe tells us more, "I got this functional dual Ram Air hood with a nose back in September 2004 when I bought this car. It's pushin' about 375 horses now. I just got the stripes done. I looked at several different graphics, but this was the best. I'm about to get 19 inch Hiro black wheels." CLICK->
Moe's 2004 Yellow Jacket 2004 GTO from the other side. CLICK->
Yellow Jacket 2004 GTO front end view. The hood on this car has a look reminiscent of the 1968 - 1970 GTOs. But the scoops are wider, sort of like the 1971 and 1972 GTOs. The black outline graphics make it really stand out. CLICK->
Here's a close-up of the Ram Air hood on Moe's Goat. It says "5.7" because the 2004 GTO has the 5.7 litre engine. CLICK->
The Ram Air hood has a raised center similar to the Goats of old. The scoops are similar to those on the 1968-70 GTOs, except much larger. CLICK->
The stripes are decals, which have a little 5.7 on the sides of the hood scoops. Those are for the 5.7 liter LS1 V8 engine under the hood. CLICK->
Moe added a set of recessed grilles to his Yellow Jacket 2004 GTO. These grilles are part of the Sport Appearance Package that can be ordered on the 2005 GTO. He also installed a set of 'Nokya Hyper Yellow' head lights and fog lamps. CLICK->
Yellow Jacket 2004 GTO, left side view at sunset. CLICK->
Moe added a 'Magna Flow' exhaust system with bigger mufflers & Chrome Tips. He says that he has 398 horses after the upgrade. CLICK->
Here's the Lafayette, Indiana GTO again. Enjoy a close-up of the new larger exhaust tips.
Here's a comment from a recent visitor...
Says Ray Arsenault (kooch79.@hotmail.com) - "Looking to buy a 1968 car. I used to have one, then sold it to buy an engagement ring.. what the hell was i thinking????"