I thought I would share my feeling about my 05 GTO.
The GTO's interior is excellent. Its a definate improvement over the STi. Even my mom likes the interior and she is hard to please. The leather seats are extremely supportive and comfortable. Much more so than in the STi. The ride quality is very nice. The car just cruises over bumps and rides very smooth. The car is a lot more comfortable to drive.
The car handles really well. It holds a turn very well and the stearing feels tight. I was actually very suprised with its handling. It's no STi but it handles really well. My STi was the best handling car I've ever had. Its going to be hard to match its handling. The GTO is more of a high speed top end monster. I don't see myself getting into a handling contest with an EVO or STi. That wouldn't be too smart.
The car makes a ton of power on the top end. Above 70mph the car pulls extremely hard. It will definately leave a stock STi in the dust above 70mph.
Below 70mph is a different story. The car (I'm sure because of its weight) doesn't feel real fast down low. Don't get me wrong its very fast, but It didn't seem to be any faster than my stock STi. My STi may actually pull harder down low (I think its the gearing)
I would guess that a stock STi would most likely beat my GTO to 60mph. Then I would slowly but surely catch it and pass it around 80mph. Then I would just keep pulling. Above 100mph the GTO would pull away hard. The car just pulls like crazy on the top end.
The shifter in the GTO is a little sloppy. The shifts are pretty long and take some time. The car shifts extremely smooth but the throws are long.
Getting off the line fast.
It takes some tricky footwork to leave the line fast. Its going to take me sometime to get used to it. Too much rpm and you will just break the tires loose. The traction control really helps stop wheel spin but slows the car down considerably. So to haul butt traction control needs to be turned off. I will miss the way I could just dump the clutch and floor the gas in my STi.
So overall I really love the car. I also really miss my STi. Both cars are great. One car is better at some things and the other car is better at other things.
I let you guys know when I get it to the track or make my first kill.