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Adam tries his hand at modifing the Woodward Ram Air VI GTO concept into a convertible version of the 1999 concept GTO car. This would make a great looking GTO for 2005. He changed the grille, took off the roof, and added the Judge stripes. CLICK->
These pics were sent by a newsletter editor in Australia. He's from the Monaro Car Club of SA Inc. They're from Bryan Thalbourne (firstname.lastname@example.org) He thinks they were taken at a dealer/press launch for the new VZ model (The VX model is the Pontiac GTO). The back of the car says CV8 on it. It looks like the Oz Monaro may get some GTO genes, as well as the USA 2005 model. CLICK->
2005 Monaro VZ model concept. This car has the same hood scoops as the 2005 Pontiac GTO. CLICK->
2005 Monaro VZ model concept, interior view. Do not attempt to adjust your monitor, this IS a right-hand-drive car. There are a bunch of changes in here over the 2004 Pontiac GTO. Two little gauges in the center of the dash and the climate controls are push button with a little display in the middle of them. I wonder if these changes will appear in the 2005 Pontiac GTO as well. CLICK->
2005 Monaro VZ model concept, front end close-up view. It's kind of got a happy simile. Elbert W Dooley sent these comments concerning GTO styling: I am sure this topic has been discussed to death about the GTO's styling.
The point, though, is well taken about how the original GTO was really a Tempest 'option'.
My very first encounter with this "plain-brown-wrappered" Tempest option was when I was
northbound on Sepulveda Blvd. in the San Fernando Valley, one autumn day in 1964.
The darn thing, to my surprise, took off like a bolt of lighting from the stop light.
With me sitting in my '64 Dodge Dart, I thought I'd catch him at the next light and give it a "go".
......................The rest is, well, history I assume you can easily guess.
I could not get greener with envy as I spectated this legend being born before my eyes.
Fast forward to today.
I recently had discussions with a Pontiac dealer, after a test drive, and expressed similar
concerns. You see, I also have been considering the '05 Mustang; and have test driven
it before the GTO. Seeing that both the '04 and '05 Mustang similar performance, I imaged
that the '05 version of the GTO would profoundly separate itself from the pack.
But I digress.
The discussion I had with the dealer reminded me of a "present-day" encounter
I had with an '04 "Goat". Northbound again; this time on I-15, just south of Ontario, CA.
It was night time, so maybe the darkness was a factor. I was driving my '94 Cougar when
this 'car' pulled along side as it gently passed by. A third look, and I recalled such a 'car' at
the previous auto show here in San Diego. Hey isn't that the new GTO, I petitioned?
So have gone my visual impressions.
However, as mentioned from the start, and with my discussions with that dealer, that's exactly
the GTO's mystique. The rather unimposing physical appearance with no nonsense under the
hood to the surprise of all. Perhaps if they called it a "Monaro" option..........well, that's pushing
it too far. Isn't it??? Regards, EWDooley CLICK->
2005 Monaro VZ model concept, front end view. Beside the center upper grille, the lower grille and lower marker lights are different on this car as compared to the 2005 Pontiac GTO concept. CLICK->
This photo has been modified. Rich Knapp shows us his version of the Phantom Black Autocross GTO. Rich tells us, "I am considering a 05 Black Autocross. Here is what I would add to it - just as I did with my 04 Cosmos Purple 6-speed." With a graphics program, he altered Pontiac's photo of a black car. He added badging in front of the rear wheel openings and a new set of wheels with shading and "GTO" on them. Take a look at how this modification looks on his 2004 GTO. CLICK->
A site visitor shares his pictures of 2005 GTOs drag racing at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota on 8/13/06. This is Tom Martino's red, white, and blue 2005 GTO drag car. Tom runs in the Pro-Stock class and has posted amazing times on this strip of 6.774 seconds at 203.16 mph. CLICK->
Another shot of Tom Martino's car backing up after a burnout. His hometown is Farmingdale, New Jersey. In 2006, we've seen him racing in Washington, California, Minnesota, Tennessee, Indiana, Texas, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Nevada. CLICK->
Warren Johnson in the GM Performance Parts GTO was also racing at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota. He also runs Pro Stock and has run 6.771 seconds at 203.61 mph. CLICK->
Warren Johnson in the GM Performance Parts GTO with a different paint job. Taken at the Brainerd International Raceway by site visitor Eric. CLICK->
Jim Yates runs this Wiley X Eyewear sponsored 2005 GTO Pro Stock. He has run 6.768 seconds at 202.61 mph at the Brainerd International Raceway. CLICK->
Jim Yates in his Wiley X Eyewear 2005 GTO with a different paint job. at the Brainerd International Raceway by site visitor Eric. CLICK->
And finally, we see the Mike Edwards of Coweta, Oklahoma. He's running at Brainerd in his Pro-Stock 2005 GTO. He's run 6.786 seconds at 202.79 mph. This guy is a hardcore racer, attending 22 NHRA events in 9 months of 2006. During that time, he racked up 1,211 points. CLICK->
Phantom Black 2005 GTO owned by Steve Muniz from Bronx, New York. He got it used with only 5K miles on the clock and paid half the new price for it. Steve tells us, "I got it through Edmunds and traded in my 06 Civic Si for it. The previous owner traded it in and said he was afraid of it. So far I had it for a month and lov'in every minute of it. This thing is a beast in sheep's clothes. I am planning on putting 20s on it, K&N intake, start replacing all the badges with the Holden Monaro ones, and the front bumper cover with the Monaro one (which this car originally is)." PICTURE SET CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE ...
Here's a comment from a recent visitor...
Says Christopher Yogeswaren (nin4life2000.@yahoo.com) - "I came to the website knowing little to verrry little about Tempests and GTO's and left being able to tell the difference between Ram Air III and Ram Air IV. ;]"