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    Checked out the new GTO today

    Didn't get to drive it though.

    My first impression, this thing looks alot better than in the magazines. Then I sat inside. WOW! Those are the best sport seats I've ever sat in. They feel better than the seats in my brother's E46 M3. Very impressive especially for a GM. The interior was really nice too for a Pontiac, guage cluster is very attractive looking.

    Then I cranked it up, gave it a little gas and holy sh!t does that thing sound good. I was thinking with only one exhaust pipe, that it might not sound very good. Boy was I wrong. Nice low rumble and a lot louder than I expected.

    The only bad part was the dealership had it marked up $5000 and it was an automatic. Still would've been fun to take it out for spin.
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    they are pretty good, since Pontiac didnt build them (Holden), and they do have dual exhaust.

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    Originally posted by Pirana
    they are pretty good, since Pontiac didnt build them (Holden), and they do have dual exhaust.
    Exactly. It seems as if the best American cars cheaper than a Corvette actually come from other countries (haha, just kidding). But like Pirana said, if you look at some diagrams of the GTO, it has a true dual-exhaust, it's just that both tips are on the same side of the rear bumper.

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    Originally posted by Pirana
    they are pretty good, since Pontiac didnt build them (Holden), and they do have dual exhaust.
    Guess I didn't pay too much attention to the rear end.
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    I like 'em, first Poncho in a long while I can say that about.
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    what are they going for?
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    Originally posted by StoplightWarrior
    what are they going for?
    Bastards at Sunrise had it with a 5k markup....so 38k, but most places will be 33
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    I have to say that I'm not a fan of the new GTO. I think it looks ugly on the outside and in. I may be a bit biased because my buddy has 1968 GTO and the new one looks like a Grand Prix to me.
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    Originally posted by str
    I have to say that I'm not a fan of the new GTO. I think it looks ugly on the outside and in. I may be a bit biased because my buddy has 1968 GTO and the new one looks like a Grand Prix to me.
    When the new "GTO" was announced, the GTO fan club web site was so ticked that it wasn't even close, that they put a picture of the next generation Mustang on their site to make a point.

    Imagine that, a GTO web site with the picture of the new Mustang on it.

    This new GTO is a performer, but in typical GM fashion, it will not sell and look like a rental car.
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    Originally posted by str
    I have to say that I'm not a fan of the new GTO. I think it looks ugly on the outside and in. I may be a bit biased because my buddy has 1968 GTO and the new one looks like a Grand Prix to me.
    And your buddy's 68 GTO looked just like a Pontiac Lemans/Tempest back then...

    Neary every BMW and Mercedes and Porsche looks similar to other vehicles in their respective lines as well. Many car manufacturers do this type of "branding". Some better than others, of course.

    I'll admit I'm disappointed that the GTO didn't come along with more distinct styling, but I'm happy that Pontiac/GM was able to bring the Holden to our market place.

    If Pontiac had called it nearly anything else other than a GTO, there wouldn't be so much negative talk about the bland styling. And if they had called it anything else, they'd be missing out on a ton of interest and potential sales that the mere name "GTO" brings about.

    At least they didn't call it a Fiero or J1000!
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    Re: Checked out the new GTO today

    Originally posted by aheineken
    Didn't get to drive it though.

    My first impression, this thing looks alot better than in the magazines. Then I sat inside. WOW! Those are the best sport seats I've ever sat in. They feel better than the seats in my brother's E46 M3. Very impressive especially for a GM. The interior was really nice too for a Pontiac, guage cluster is very attractive looking.

    Then I cranked it up, gave it a little gas and holy sh!t does that thing sound good. I was thinking with only one exhaust pipe, that it might not sound very good. Boy was I wrong. Nice low rumble and a lot louder than I expected.

    The only bad part was the dealership had it marked up $5000 and it was an automatic. Still would've been fun to take it out for spin.
    you thought the seats were better than the M3 seats? I didnt think the seats were that good at all, but the dash layout wasnt too bad. I dont know, the car just kinda reminds of of a beefed up GP, with similar plastics. I cant believe they price it that high, i am not an american car man, but i would so much rather be willing to spend money on a WS-6 than a GTO or maybe even a 2 y/o vette.

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    Re: Re: Checked out the new GTO today

    Originally posted by DTR maxima
    you thought the seats were better than the M3 seats? I didnt think the seats were that good at all, but the dash layout wasnt too bad. I dont know, the car just kinda reminds of of a beefed up GP, with similar plastics. I cant believe they price it that high, i am not an american car man, but i would so much rather be willing to spend money on a WS-6 than a GTO or maybe even a 2 y/o vette.
    Maybe not quite as good as the M3s, I was probably exaggerating a bit, but the seats were very impressive.
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    Re: Re: Re: Checked out the new GTO today

    Originally posted by aheineken
    Maybe not quite as good as the M3s, I was probably exaggerating a bit, but the seats were very impressive.
    i liked them better than the vette seats, but the seating position is kinda annoying.

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