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2006 Pontiac GTO - Press Release
posted 8/3/05 by Sean Mattingly.


New for 2006

Model Lineup

Engine

Transmissions

6.0L V-8 (LS2)

6-speed manual
(Tremec T56)

4L65-E 4-speed auto

GTO

standard

optional

standard

 

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2006 PONTIAC GTO – THE LEGEND CONTINUES

August 1, 2005: 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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

Contrasting materials and colors accentuate the GTO’s contemporary interior styling. Interior seat and trim colors may be coordinated to the exterior color with red, blue and black interiors available. For ’06, new orange stitching on the seats, armrests and other interior trim items can be matched to the new Fusion Orange exterior color, along with orange-background instruments. Racing-inspired drilled metallic pedals, satin nickel-look accent trim, and stainless steel sill plates emphasize the GTO’s sporty nature.

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

An integrated driver information center located below the instrument cluster includes readouts for average speed, average miles per gallon, trip odometer, trip time remaining, trip distance remaining, fuel used and instant fuel mileage. There’s even a stopwatch feature and a user-programmable overspeed alarm.

When it comes to safety, the GTO delivers with dual frontal air bags and three-point safety belts in all seating positions. Retractors for front outboard seating positions have built-in load limiters that allow a controlled amount of give in the belt, thereby reducing the peak load on the chest during the “ride down” in a crash. There also are built-in child safety seat anchors.

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Pontiac-GMC Communications
Jim Hopson
Phone: 313-667-4124
Fax: 313-667-4001
E-mail: jim.hopson@gm.com

SPECIFICATIONS

(See GM of Canada section for Canadian product differences) - (Sean: What! Does this mean that the 2006 GTO will be sold in Canada?)

Overview

Model:

Pontiac GTO

Body style / driveline:

4-passenger, front-engine, rear-drive coupe

Construction:

unitized body frame, 1- and 2-sided galvanized steel

EPA vehicle class:

midsize coupe

Manufacturing location:

Holden Elizabeth Plant, Elizabeth , Australia

Key competitors:

BMW 3 Series, Infiniti G35, Chrysler Crossfire, Mazda RX8, Nissan 350Z, Ford Mustang GT

Engine

Type:

6.0L V-8 (LS2)

Displacement (cu in / cc):

364 / 5970

Bore & stroke (in / mm):

4.00 x 3.62 / 101.6 x 92

Block material:

aluminum

Cylinder head material:

aluminum

Valvetrain:

OHV, 2 valves per cylinder

Fuel delivery:

sequential-port fuel injection

Compression ratio:

10.9:1

Horsepower (hp / kw @ rpm):

400 / 298 @ 5200

Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):

400 / 542 @ 4000

Recommended fuel:

premium recommended but not required

Maximum engine speed (rpm):

6500

Emissions controls:

catalytic converter/EGR

Estimated fuel economy

(mpg city / hwy / combined): 16 / 21 / 18


Transmissions

Tremec T56

Hydra-Matic 4L65-E

Application:

opt

std

Type:

6-speed manual

4-speed electronically controlled automatic overdrive with torque converter clutch

Gear ratios (:1):

   

First:

2.97

3.06

Second:

2.07

1.63

Third:

1.43

1.00

Fourth:

1.00

0.70

Fifth:

0.84

-

Sixth:

0.57

-

Reverse:

2.90

2.29

Final drive ratio:

3.46:1

3.46:1

 Chassis/Suspension

Front:

independent MacPherson struts and progressive-rate springs

Rear:

independent semi-trailing control-link with gas pressure dampers

Steering type:

power-assisted variable ratio rack-and-pinion

Steering ratio:

variable ratio

Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock:

3

Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / m):

36.1 / 11

 Brakes

Type:

4-wheel vented discs, power assisted with 4-channel anti-lock braking system.

 Wheels/Tires

Wheel size and type:

17-inch alloy

Tires:

P245/45ZR-17 W-speed rating

Dimensions

Exterior

Wheelbase (in / mm):

109.8 / 2789

Overall length (in / mm):

189.8 / 4821

Overall width (in / mm):

72.5 / 1841

Overall height (in / mm):

54.9 / 1397

Track (in / mm):

61.8 / 1569

Curb weight (lb / kg):

3725 / 1689

Weight distribution (% front / rear):

55 / 45

Interior

Seating capacity (front / rear):

2 / 2

Headroom (in / mm)

Front seat:

37.3 / 947

Rear seat:

37.3 / 947

Legroom (in / mm):

Front seat:

42.2 / 1072

Rear seat:

37.1 / 942

Shoulder room (in / mm):

Front seat:

59.7 / 1515

Rear seat:

51.7 / 1312

Hip room (in / mm):

Front seat:

58.0 / 1472

Rear seat:

50.2 / 1275

 Capacities

Trailer towing maximum (lb / kg):

1000 / 454

Fuel tank (gal / L):

18.5 / 70

Engine oil (qt / L):

5.3 / 6.0

Cooling system (qt / L):

auto: 11.5 / 10.9
manual: 11.8 / 11.2

Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.


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