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KILLER74Z28 08-29-2006 06:21 PM

2008 GTO
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Spied: 2008 Pontiac GTO
All-new all-American Mustang fighter

By Editors of Motor Trend
Photography by Marc Cook
Motor Trend, May 2005

This one's a winner -- The design for the new GTO coming to Pontiac showrooms in 2007 as a 2008 model. The big, rear-drive sport coupe will be designed and built in the U.S., possibly at GM's Hamtramck or Wilmington plants, and it's likely to show up in concept form at a 2006 auto show, probably Detroit in January.

Internally called the GMX282, the 2008 GTO will be built on GM's new Zeta platform, now under development in Australia by GM's Holden subsidiary. The Zeta platform brings new suspension all around, with a more sophisticated independent rearend promising better traction and even sweeter handling. The wheelbase has grown marginally to 110 inches. The next GTO will carry over the 6.0-liter, 400-horse LS2 from the current car as well as the six speed manual transmission.

The new GTO looks more muscular than the today's model, with a fastback roofline and strong tension in the profile and pumped fenders. Overall length is down 0.8 inch to 189. The only retro nods on this car are the wide-track Pontiac-style front end and the twin hood scoops. Ironically, the design is being done under the direction of Australian Mike Simcoe, who designed the current GTO as a Holden Monaro in 1997 and is now responsible for all GM North American cars.

Moose 08-29-2006 07:40 PM

Nah, those pics. are very old.

I'm not sure what's coming from Pontiac...could be a more retro-inspired GTO, and at the book store tonight, I saw the cover of 'Motor Trend' which featured "pontiacs next muscle car" the "new" Grand Prix. :eek:

jbynum69 08-30-2006 09:15 AM

actually the new gto is supposed to look like the old 68-69 goat with the camaro framing and will probably be out in 2009 or 2010 according to gm if pontiac is not given the boot( as of 2009 no more grand prix according to gm inside news and the line-up will probably be just small rice lover cars.)

I heard 2 months ago from pontiacs dealership that the new malibu , grandprix and gto are supposed to be the new v8 and rear wheel rides for gm , and the new impala is supposed to be rear driven with the new cadillac motor in it in 08( I think gm will no longer use the front wheel dive crud accept for the ricer cars as of 08)

jbynum69 08-30-2006 09:22 AM

that gto looks kind of like the 90s acura body style with a 78 toyota celica front end on it.

Twin Turbo 08-30-2006 03:04 PM

Yep, those renderings are pretty old, and pretty horrible.

I did a fair bit of Internet Surfing yesterday, trying to find out anything about the next GTO........there's really only speculation and rumours at present.

Lets hope Pontiac show a concept soon, maybe at Detroit in January?

TAG UR IT 08-30-2006 09:33 PM

And let's pray it doesn't look like those pix above, but like a GTO should. I wish they'd bring all the old greats back to the streets.

alleykt123 09-09-2006 05:07 PM

I love my goat, but will not trade for another.

Nope - the next car will be a 'maro!

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